Can I trust my heart?
This is a valid question, and one many including myself have asked. You’ve heard and possibly even said, “ follow your heart” “listen to your heart” or “ what’s your heart telling you”. You may have said or heard the exact opposite, “ Don’t listen to your heart, it can be deceitful” “ you can’t make proper decisions with your heart because it isn’t logical” and other things.
Lets look at this scripturally first, then we’ll look at it in our own lives.
(Psa 10:17) יהוה, You have heard the desire of the lowly ones; You prepare their heart; You incline Your ear,
(Psa 37:4) And delight yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart.
(Psa 84:5) Blessed is the man whose strength is in You; Your ways are in their hearts.
(Pro 3:5) Trust in יהוה with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
(Pro 16:9) A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps.
Each of these verses have something to say about the heart. They tell us that our heart gives us ideas and can in fact be right about some things, but we need to give it over to Father so that He can guide us.
Now lets look at the verses say the almost opposite of the ones above.
Pro 28:26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely is delivered.
Mat 15:18 “But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and these defile the man.
Mat 15:19 “For out of the heart come forth wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, whorings, thefts, false witnessings, slanders.
Mar_7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Then we have it saying that its foolish to trust your heart, but if you walk wisely you are saved. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of YHWH, that’s somewhere in Proverbs.
Matthew gives us good reason not to trust the heart, for it is filled with vile things.
(Psa_119:11) I have treasured up Your word in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
If He and His word is in us we don’t need to fear what is in our heart, for He has said that He will write his commands upon our hearts. We will still need to be cautious and continuously check it for what is not good but, for the most part all we want to do is follow Him. And so that is what our heart will want too.
We can’t always trust our heart but, we would also be foolish to shove it to the side and not check and see what’s inside. To discern what is right in there and to cast out what is not. Because the more we check ourselves and what is in our heart, and replace the bad with the good, the less wickedness will dwell there. We will also be able to catch it faster, for we will have a better sense of right and wrong.
But, we need to be careful, because there are times when we are afraid to see what’s in there. We don’t want to see it, for two possible different reasons.
One: Afraid that it won’t be right.
Two: Afraid that it is.
Both these aren’t reasons to be scared, because if it isn’t right then you can replace it with something that is, and if it is right well that’s another time to count when your heart was right. Can you see where I’m going here?
You can’t trust your heart 100% but, you shouldn’t ignore it either. Because Father puts it in our hearts first then confirms it. We always need to inspect our hearts and make sure they are right with Him, then if they are clean we have no reason to be afraid of what’s in there.
I guess that is the conclusion. Search your own heart, is Father trying to show you some thing though it?