“Follow your heart.”
That is the worst advice ever.
Christians are often the most commonly deceived by their heart.
We give ourselves a pass, “I love God. So, what I want to do has got to be good.”
What someone calls their heart is often self, ego, pride, and lack of awareness of how hard-headed they are. “They” as in all of us, including me.
And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. Numbers 15:39 ESV
As a wife, there is her husband; as children, there are parents; and as believers, we are obligated to follow another who God has used to feed and lead us in the Kingdom of God.
The rejection of the need for submission to another is the story of Korah. It’s fascinating if you have not read it in a while. I believe, as demonstrated by Moses, there is a need for cooperation and humility to serve those who God has used to speak, lead, and teach us. Refusal to recognize our need for spiritual leadership will bring a curse upon our lives.
We need to beware of our heart.
Don’t trust your heart, but recognize that if we follow our whims, opinions, and ideas to the exclusion of others who naturally care and love us is a pattern that will lead our lives to heartbreak, depression, and isolation.
There is a fine line. We must listen to God and follow His call on our lives. However, this must be tempered by humble recognition of our ability to easily delude ourselves and naturally rebel against what is actually for our safety and good.
Not my will, but God’s will. God’s will and heart will lead us to sacrifice ourselves for the benefit of others.
This summarizes the point perfectly.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.