Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23
Think about where your heart is: the center of it all; whether you are thinking about your physical heart or your emotional heart, it is the key organ, the key piece. So doesn’t it make sense that this is where most of the difficult battles take place?
From a physical aspect, the heart is the center, the pumper of our life. While the brain is the control center of our body, our heart is the actual organ that pumps all of our blood. If our heart stops, we are dead. Notice also where it’s located: the most protected part of the body, right in the center, nestled behind the rib cage. The heart is so important to our existence that God encased it in a cage in our body.
Now think about your heart from an emotional stand point. We tend to base our decisions (the brain) off of what we are feeling (the heart).The heart carries so much power over us, so much so that we are not even aware of it’s power at times until it’s too late.
Our heart will betray us if we aren’t careful. What we are feeling especially in the area of love isn’t always what is good and healthy and moral for us. If we are justifying our feelings when our mind is telling us that they are wrong, our heart is preparing to form mutiny against us. You’re thinking: That’s insane! Everyone says to follow your heart.
And while that isn’t always bad advice, you must ask yourself a vital question: what is the current condition of my heart? Is your heart healthy? Content? Satisfied? Or is your heart desperately love-sick? Desperately lonely?
If you have a healthy heart that is bent on following God than following your heart isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
BUT! If you are hesitant to answer the previous question, check your heart condition. If our decisions are based on irrational feelings and behavior than most likely your heart is sick and needs to be healed.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10
The only healer of the heart is the Lord. Examine your hearts. It can be the most difficult task you may ever face, but it will be the most rewarding. If your heart is unhealthy, your actions, deeds, and words will be unhealthy. You will make decisions you will regret in the long run. You will do things, you’ll wish you had never done.
A healthy heart focused and given to the Lord will be rewarding for years to come. For only through Him can we truly be fulfilled.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4