"As I grew into womanhood and began to learn what was in my heart, I saw very clearly that, of all things difficult to rule, none were more so that my will and affections. " - Elisabeth Elliot
Too many of us are blissfully unaware how deceitful the core of our beings can truly be. When we think "heart", we picture cutesy, red, cutout valentines. But often, if we'd really examine our hearts, we'd find lies, selfishness, lust, envy & pride. And that's the abridged list! It's like discovering your sweet old grandmother's picture on the FBI's Most Wanted list at the post office.
The heart is deceitful above all things.. Who can understand it? Though the advice of many well-meaning people today is to "follow your heart", it's contradictory on most of reality because your heart can lead you in wrong, even deadly directions. Our hearts lie. Something can "feel" right and be completely wrong.
The human heart doesn't like taking orders from the mind. The time will come for all of us when we won't feel like doing the responsible thing that we've resolved to do. The question is, how will we respond when our hearts lead a full-scale rebellion? If we don't prepare ourselves for an uprising, we'll fell tempted to abandon our principle and standards.
So guard your heart like it's a criminal tied in a chair who would like to break free and knock you over the head. In other words, protect yourself from your heart's sinfulness. Keep a wary eye on your heart, knowing that it can do you damage if it is not carefully watched.
I Kissed Dating Goodbye - J. Harris