The heart is more than an organ which pumps blood, isn’t it?
There was an old song we learned to play on the piano called Heart and Soul. Truly, the two go hand in hand. If we are just not into something, we don’t have the heart to do it. Tired of beating around the bush, we ask if we can get to the heart of the matter. If we want someone to have sympathy we ask them to have a heart, and when something tragic happens we bless their heart. The heart often rules the mind, which if we are not careful, can lead us astray.
Scripture says we are to love our Lord God with all of our heart, mind and soul. God made us with both a brain and a heart. If the brain is like a horse, the heart is the reins.He knows the heart can be hardened, like Pharoah’s, which makes the brain stubborn. He also knows a soft heart can lead us into mucky waters. Paul gives us a clue on how to guide our hearts –
May the LORD direct your hearts to the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
When we allow God to direct our hearts through the Holy Spirit, then we can “see” with the love of God which filters any situation from human emotions which often cloud it. The pathway suddenly becomes clear. We can trust our hearts because they aligned with God’s will – which by His very nature is rooted in love. There is no longer any conflict between our logical and emotional sides.
The trick is having the steadfastness of Christ. Jesus never wavered in His resolve. He always followed the Father in thought, word and deed. Not an easy task on this side of Heaven, but a goal worth strive to achieve.
So if you feel like the Push-ME Pull-YOU in Dr Doolittle, caught between what your emotions tell you and your brain is saying, take heart – and give it to God. He will always lead you in the right direction.