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Why is it a bad idea to “follow your heart?”

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”


                      Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Too often, when we are trying to make a decision and solicit advice from loved ones we often hear, “just follow your heart.” There was a time I thought that specific advice was heartfelt and romantic. There was a time it made so much sense because why shouldn’t you make a decision based on your feelings and emotions? I was completely wrong. You should NEVER make a decision based on your emotions because emotions are tied to flesh and when flesh makes a decision, God is no where in it.

It’s funny because maybe your best friend gave you the green light to “follow your heart” something in you told you that it wasn’t the best advice or kept you from truly following her or his advice. Maybe because your conscious told you if you “follow your heart” it meant you would have to bypass or ignore all red flags, drown out common sense and cover your ears & eyes to all obvious warnings and do what your emotions and/or heart is telling you to do.

Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that it’s a bad idea to “follow your heart” because you don’t truly know what is lurking in the crevices of your heart. A lot of times God allows things to happen in your life that puts pressure on you not to hurt you but to show you, YOU!

You honestly don’t know what’s in you, until God allows certain things to take place in our lives that almost feels like you are backed into a corner to see if your respond in a way that exemplifies God or if you respond in a way that represents “you.”  See it’s easy to represent God when things are good, but when things are bad, when things are ugly, when things are looking foggy, “do YOU still look like God?”

Do yourself a favor, don’t follow your heart. That’s way too risky. Instead follow God.

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