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Faith, Life, Magazine, Spring 2017: The Easter Issue

Why It Can Be Dangerous Following Your Heart

Aaron Birch

The heart is a powerful part of who we are. It sways our decisions, is the controller of our emotions and is the life source for our bodies, but should we always follow our heart? Sometimes it is a good thing to follow our heart but be cautious; it can be a dangerous thing to do so. This is why it can be dangerous to follow your heart.

Who Holds Our Heart?

Are we allowing the world to hold our heart? Or are we giving control of our heart to the one who matters most, our Heavenly Father? God warns us in Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV

We should be giving our heart to God and be filling it with His word. When we do this, everything that comes from our life will show God’s love, and everything will be an example to others. If we give our hearts to the world, all that will flow from it will be unpleasant to all who see the result.

What Are We Allowing Our Heart To Control?

What in our lives are we following our hearts with? Is there a decision we need to make and if so, what is swaying that decision? There are situations in life that arise that require some decisions to be made. However, are we basing that decision on what we desire in our hearts without asking God what He has planned for our lives? It is hard to wait on His timing when we want something right away. Our heart’s desire can be stronger than our patience for God’s timing but be patient and ask God what He wants for your life before rushing to a decision.

See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Revelation 3:8 NIV

The Heart & The Body

Our hearts control our emotions, and often, our emotions can become draining to our bodies. If we allow ourselves to follow our heart continuously, eventually we will not have any strength to continue in life. Are you feeling drained? If you are, ask yourself, am I giving everything to God and laying it at His feet? When we feel weak, we need to give everything to God, and that includes following God instead of our heart.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint Isaiah 40:31 NIV

How are you protecting your heart?

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