There’s a country song that many of you may know aptly named ‘The Heart Don’t (Won’t?) Lie and then the old adage that tells one to follow his heart.
For a long time, I believed exactly that: the heart will never lead one astray.
However, through studying the Bible and attending church, my view has since changed. What you believe about the heart is truly dependant on the state of your heart. To explain: if you are led by the spirit your heart is right in the spirit. If you have a worldly perspective without a religious foundation, your heart will reflect that view. The Bible is very specific in matters of the heart:
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?
For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
When you delve a little more into the Bible and into your devotion to God, other verses start to stand out and make sense:
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Recently, I had some visitors. During our visit, we spoke of life and what the other has been dealing with. As one knows, it’s a cruel world we live in and life is hard, much more for some it seems.
Anyway, as I was doling out good-hearted, Bible-proven advice, it suddenly dawned on me how accurately I was describing my own life and how I needed to heed my own advice.
And, to connect with the intro, each story I told about myself or listened to from my visitors, aligned so perfectly to the scripture above.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our sorrows and in the sorrows of others, it takes a great amount of strength, with God’s help, to overcome the sorrows rather than wallow in them.
I do hope my visitors left feeling a little more confident in fighting their battles. I know, upon their leaving, my heart felt a little more comfort in knowing that God is with me always even if I don’t always feel it because as we know, feelings wreak havoc on us and more-often-than-not leave us feeling anxious, broken, saddened or the exact opposite. The only true peace we can ever acquire is God’s spirit within us. It truly is the state of our hearts that determine the outlook we have in this life.
Many blessings to each of you.