The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jer. 17:9
There is a saying that we hear all too often in American society, it’s to “trust our feelings”. It sounds nice, it makes us think we’re living in the movies, and it romanticized our actual situation. The fact of the matter is that our hearts are deceitful and sick and that we cannot understand our feelings most of the time. Well, I bet you’re sitting there thinking “God gave me these feelings, so I know it’s true!”, well you’re wrong again. As Jer 17:9 clearly tells us, our hearts are desperately sick. They are sick. Which means they do not inherently follow the truth. They will lead us down which ever path gives us the most satisfaction at that given moment, regardless of the ramifications later on.
This idea that we all have to follow our feelings has led us down a path where just as many couples get divorced as married now, including self-proclaimed followers of Christ. This is why kids are more likely than ever to grow up only knowing one of their real parents. Our feelings tell us to do whatever feels good for us at that moment. The bible presents clear warnings over this throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
So what then, should we go about ignoring our feelings? By no means! But we must be tred lightly when it comes to our emotions and especially over our strong emotions. As always, we should be praying and reading God’s word. If our feelings don’t line up with God’s word, then we know they should not be trusted. Romans 12 tells use our renewed mind to discern what is good and evil, and we can only do that by using the Word of God as our baseline. Prayer is also vitally important. While something may not be inheritenly sinful, it may not be what God wants from us. If I want to date a girl I know, there is nothing wrong with that. But if God doesn’t want me to, and reveals that to me through prayer, and I still go after it, then it becomes sin.
So I urge you, brothers and sisters, not to trust our sinful and deprived hearts… but to trust in the unfailing Word of God.