Should we follow the head or the heart?


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When most people are posed with the question, “Do you follow your head or your heart?” they associate the “head” with logical, thought-out decisions, and the “heart” with more emotional, spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Big decisions, such as what college to attend, are made with lists and planning, while smaller decisions, such as what to eat for lunch, are left to the feeling of the moment.

However, I recently stumbled upon an interesting conversation that changed my perspective on this question. Several of my classmates were discussing the merits of the recent movie God’s Not Dead 2, when one student noted that she was bothered by one character’s advice to another to “follow their heart.” She felt that the advice was out of place in a Christian film when Jeremiah 17:9 clearly states that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (NKJV).

And according to Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (NKJV).

So, which are we supposed to follow, our head or our heart? I believe the best advice comes in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). Ground your convictions in the Spirit of God, and follow those rather than the whims of your sinful heart or the fallible logic of the world.