Don’t follow your heart.

March 12, 2010

I’m still working my way through reading the Bible in “chronological order,” and the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reading through Proverbs.  It’s one of those books that I hate to read through so quickly, but reading it at a quicker pace illuminated some repeating themes that I might have missed in a slower read:

Don’t follow your heart; instruct it.
“Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way… Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:2; 23:12)

Don’t follow your heart; guard it.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Don’t follow your heart; inform its affections.
“Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:2-3)

Don’t follow your heart; distrust it.
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)

Don’t follow your heart; test it.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death … Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 14:12; 21:2)

Don’t follow your heart; control it.
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city … A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Proverbs 16:32; 25:28)

Don’t follow your heart; submit it to accountability.
“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion … Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 18:1-2; 27:17)

Don’t follow your heart; humble it.
“Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:12)

Don’t follow your heart; discern it.
“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5)

Don’t follow your heart; remind it.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments.” (Proverbs 3:1)

Don’t follow your heart; discipline it.
“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him … Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.” (Proverbs 22:15; 23:17)

Don’t follow your heart; surrender it.
“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” (Proverbs 23:26)

Don’t follow your heart; direct it.
“Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” (Proverbs 23:19)


3 Responses to “Don’t follow your heart.”

  1. Kau Says:

    tia, i wanted to stand up and applaud after reading this. very wise words…

  2. Tia Says:

    haha, depending on where you were when you read this, that might’ve been pretty funny :]

    proverbs is sweeet.

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