Friday, 3 June 2011

Lead Your Heart Don't Follow It

“Follow your heart. Do what your heart tells you to do.” This was the advice a friend gave to one of my female friends who was caught up between two gentlemen. My friend had to choose between two gentlemen, each nice looking and with an encouraging personality. The two gentlemen had simultaneously proposed love to her. She was very confused because she liked both guys and didn’t want to hurt any of them. At the same time, she didn’t want to compromise her happiness and needed to make the best choice among the two men. As a Christian, what would you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? Will you follow your heart and do what it tells you to do?

Should we Christians follow our heart and do what it tells us to do. Some people give the whole concept a nice coat. They say, “The heart knows best.” Oh really? Can we trust our heart with our lives? What does the Bible say about this?

In Proverbs 4:23, the Bible says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Two words from this scripture need explanation. First, the word keep which means, to guide, to protect, and to lead. For the purpose of our learning, we will take word ‘keep’ to mean ‘to lead.’ The second word is ‘diligence’ which means, carefulness, conscientiousness and seriousness. We will go by seriousness. So in summary, God is telling us to lead our heart with all seriousness because out of the heart come all life issues. The lesson here is, lead your heart don’t follow it. God gave a good reason why we should lead our heart rather than follow it. He said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? – Jeremiah 17:9.

God had made it very clear to us. We must not follow our hearts because the heart is deceitful. Many of the decisions we take with our hearts end in ruins. Marriages are breaking down, relationships are coming to a halt and businesses are collapsing all because the people involved listen to the voice of their hearts and followed it. Following our hearts will lead us nowhere than disappointment, regrets and shame. On the contrary, when we lead our heart we can be certain of a happy ending to the journey.

Dear reader, decide today to always lead your heart in everything you do. Don’t allow your heart to dictate anything to you, but use your mind to assess the choices of the heart and make sure you’re in full control of your life. Thanks for reading, kindly leave your comments below.

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