First of all, I’d like to thank Sarah for this amazing opportunity. This will actually be my first blog post ever so, for better or for worse, here it goes. 🙂
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to write about something that’s dear to every heart: LOVE.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘follow your heart’ at one time or another; it’s a popular theme in books, movies, and it’s even a name brand of food. But I’ve often questioned the wisdom of this phrase in light of the teachings of the Bible. Should we really be following our hearts?
I know, this seems contradictory according to our culture, but what does God’s Word have to say about matters of the heart? In the book of Jeremiah (17:9 KJV), we read this: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Yes, you read that right. The Bible describes the heart as ‘deceitful’ and ‘desperately wicked’. Ouch. Jesus further states in Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, blasphemies… Not a pretty picture. In Proverbs 28:26a, the Bible says He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool… By these few verses, I think we can conclude that following our heart is probably not the best idea.
Remember David, who was called ‘a man after God’s own heart’? We know that at the time he fell into sin, David was not following God’s heart, but his own. If he was following God, he would have remembered that God said ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ or ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife’.
This reminds me of a quote from the movie Fireproof, which says, “And don’t just follow your heart, man, because your heart can be deceived. But you gotta lead your heart.” So true. By the way, if you’re looking for a great movie to watch for Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend Fireproof.
We need to ask ourselves if our heart is diligently seeking the things of God, or is it following after worldly things? Hebrews 4:12 states that the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We should always measure what our heart desires with God’s Word.
So, if we’re not supposed to follow our heart, what should we follow? In the Bible, Jesus said to follow Him at least twenty times. 1Timothy 6:11 states …follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Proverbs 3:5-6 says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
What does this have to do with love? Everything. God is love. I believe, if we follow after God and do what His Word says, we will not only know how to love others, but our hearts will be so full of His love, we won’t have room for the bad. ‘…perfect love casteth out fear,’ we read in 1 John 4:18.
Love is one of the main themes of my latest novelette Rosabelle’s Story – Amish Fairly Tales 2. It is a retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, Amish style of course. The story is about seeing others through the eyes of Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it!
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