Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT)
9“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
According to the movies we watched when we were eight—and even the movies we watch now, only good things can come out of, “following our hearts,” right? We will obviously find true love and live happily ever after (duh).
Seriously, though, the Bible says that the human heart is desperately wicked. The things that your heart desires —relationships, money, etc. —are not necessarily good things and they are not the source of happiness (although we might think so at the time, because our hearts are also “the most deceitful of all things”). We are to put aside our own desires and chase after God.
Sometimes, it’s exceptionally difficult to give up our own desires and give our hearts to God. We have to remember that if we let our hearts and emotions lead our lives, it won’t turn out well. The “things of the world” can’t satisfy us. But God can.
The author is a high school student.
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