“Trust your heart.” Have you ever received that advice? Princess Diana before she passed away was quoted as saying, “Only do what your heart tells you.” I know I’ve received that advice before. When a big decision needs to be made, especially in some Disney movie, the advice is, “Trust your heart. Your heart will know what to do. Your heart will never lead you astray. Listen to your heart.” But can we really trust our heart?
The problem with trusting our hearts is that our hearts can lie to us. Our hearts will tell us that everything is ok when its not. Our hearts tell us what we want to hear, not necessarily what we need to hear. Our hearts are liars. When we listen to our hearts we lead with our emotions. And many times when we make decisions based on emotion we can get into a lot of trouble.
Most importantly, our heart can tell us that we are righteous when we aren’t. Our heart can tell us that because we are going to church, paying our tithe, and follow the ten commandments that we are becoming more and more righteous in the eyes of God. The only problem is that the Bible tell us that our righteousness is as filthy rags. Our righteousness is nothing in the eyes of God. Check it out:
For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.
You see, God tells us not to trust our heart. He says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” The heart is more deceitful than anything in life. Everything else is less deceitful than the heart. Our heart has the potential of great evil more than anything else in our lives. Jesus, talking with His disciples in the Gospel of Mark says this, “From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
The heart produces these things! When we allow our hear to lead, when we trust our heart, we end up in a bad way. Yet there is hope. Christ says in Revelation 3 to “buy from [Him]…white garments so that [we] may clothe [ourselves].” The heart tells us we don’t need Christ’s righteousness. But Jesus says that unless we are clothed in His righteousness we will only be wearing filthy rags.
I want to buy the white garment that Jesus is selling. I want to let Him lead my life and change this deceitful heart. Don’t you?