Listen To Your Heart?

hrtI’ve often heard people say that they’re not worried about their sins; they just do what their hearts tell them to do. I’ve even heard burly bikers say sappy stuff about their pure hearts. Where do people get that, and why do so many believe that? Could it be that it has been pounded into our heads hundreds of times?

Here are a few select lines from various songs. On this list is music from nearly every genre, for every age group.

  • Phil Collins – Trust your heart. Let fate decide, to guide these lives we see.
  • Stevie Wonder – Why second guess what feels so right? Just trust your heart and you’ll see the light. True to your heart, you must be true to your heart.
  • Lynard Skynard – Follow your heart and nothing else.
  • Melissa Etheridge- I have come this far with a truth of the heart.
  • New Radicals – This whole d___ world can fall apart. You’ll be okay; follow your heart.
  • Smokin’ Armadillos – Let your heart lead your mind.
  • Ultravox – Follow, follow your heart.
  • Triumph – You’ve got to follow your heart.
  • Judy Collins – Trust your heart.
  • The Stylistics – Listen to your heart, hear what it’s saying.
  • Motorhead – Listen to your heart.
  • Little Feat – Listen to your heart.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt – Listen to your heart.
  • Roxette – Listen to your heart.
  • Reba McEntire – The heart won’t lie.
  • Thumbelina cartoon – When you follow your heart, when you follow your heart.
  • Sonic Underground cartoon – When there’s people in your life trying to tell you what is right, what do you do? Listen to your heart, girl. Do you take a brand new road or the one you’ve always known? Am I getting through? Listen to your heart, girl. ‘Cause the heart’s not gonna lie to you. Listen to your heart, girl. And I know you’ll always be hearing the truth if you listen to your heart.

Music has a profound effect on people. Tunes get stuck in our heads. People memorize lyrics. Many listen to the radio all day long at work. Certainly the doctrines found in music will end up being adopted by a certain percentage of people.

The Bible has a few different things to say about our hearts and how we should make decisions.

Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Proverbs 21:2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 28:26: Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

15 thoughts on “Listen To Your Heart?

  1. Bill, I am thrilled you included Jeremiah 17:9 with your post. The word ‘deceitful’ means sly; the phrase ‘desperately wicked’ means ‘to be incurable, to be sick’. So the human heart is sly and incurably sick. All the song titles you mentioned are proved wrong by this one passage!!


  2. A couple years ago, the church I fled from had cute pictures and trite sayings on the front of the weekly “worship guides”. One of the sayings (all of which were on the bulletin, with a different one highlighted each Sunday) was “Life is … following your heart.”

    I pointed out the DANGER in telling people this, the elder agreed it was WRONG – and it stayed on the bulletin for 3 more months. I think they wanted to use up the stock.



  3. This is a little different, but I think it has the same effect. Every Christmas we hear Santa Claus isComing to Town. The lyrics, He knows if you have been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake always makes me think about how people think their goodness can get them to heaven. That the gift comes from their own work and not the work of Christ.


  4. I thought this a bit interesting.

    2 timothy 2:22-26 (esv)

    22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (regeneration?). 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant [4] must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.


  5. Wonderful reminder. I’ve had dearly loved ones who “followed their hearts” right into false churches and cults. Because they “felt loved” there. Because the people were so nice and it “warmed their hearts”. Because they “felt the Spirit” there. And such “following their heart” led them into spiritual error. So important to learn and understand the Scriptures, allowing ourselves to be guided and lead by them rather than our hearts. The Holy Spirit will always support His word.


  6. A sobering thought for all those whose believe that they have a good heart.

    We ought remember that we shouldn’t worry about the worst that we do…but rather we ought worry about our best.

    For it is not good enough, either.


  7. Since the Holy Spirit is not alone in our hearts (the Old Adam is still with us), we cannot trust in OUR hearts.

    We ought trust in His Word and in His Sacraments, alone.

    Everything else cannot be trusted, since “the devil can come to us all dressed up as an angel of light.” (St. Paul)


  8. The Kendrick brothers did a great little article on ‘the heart’ in the back of their book; ‘The Love Dare’.

    It is fantastic. It is abot leading your heart…not following it.

    I reccomend reading it. (And doing “the love dare” )


  9. Good post, its sad when biblically illiterate Christians will happily draw on pop culture and catch phrases rather than scripture, understood in its context.


  10. OK after reading the above scripture to debunk people who believe being “true to their heart” is a moral way to live their lives I see some really conflicting comments. Some that have quoted the bible quote text where the bible tells you not to trust in your own mind, but in my humble opinion following your heart is more pure than following your mind. There are also quotes that mention that you should trust God with all of your heart. If you do trust God with all of your heart then shouldn’t you follow your heart? It has also been quoted here that God weighs on your heart. Yet in another passage quoted it says that the heart is deceitful above all things.

    So if you trust God with all of your heart yet your heart is deceitful above all things is that not a direct contradiction?

    I think most people that use the phrase “follow your heart” mean that you should trust your instincts more than what your mind tries to convince you into doing. You’ve heard the saying “trust your gut instinct”. In my humble opinion one’s gut instinct or what they feel is the right thing to do comes more from the heart than from the mind. It’s also my opinion that the mind is more likely to play tricks on you than what you honestly feel is the right thing to do in your heart. And to tell you the truth, if you make the wrong decision or the right decision it really doesn’t matter where that decision “felt” like it came from. Wrong is wrong and right is right regardless of where it felt like it came from. Either you let God guide you in your mind, heart, and/or soul or you didn’t ask for his help. Where you “feel” is coming from is irreverent. That’s like saying there is a right way and a wrong way to find God. There is no wrong way to find God, and anyone who says anything to the contrary might want to clarify that with God when they stand before him.


  11. Actually, you can’t trust your gut instincts because it comes from the heart. The only way the heart can be truly trusted (and even that is doubtful because of our sin nature) is if your mind is being renewed continuously by the Word of God!

    Rom. 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice; holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service: And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may be able to prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

    The reality is that only God can keep your heart and mind but He won’t do it if you are constantly going according to what you “think” is right or what you “feel” is right! Neither will get you to heaven and there is a wrong way to find God. You have to go according to God’s instructions or you will go to hell! It’s as simple as that!


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