“Follow your heart.”
“Trust your feelings.”
“If you feel it, then it must be true.”
What do you think about the truth of these statements? I mean, these are sentiments we are taught growing up. These are things we feel are true (there’s a little fallacy there for you logic buffs).
God gave us our feelings, our emotions, our heart. They’re not bad, are they?
I was a little blown away by something I read this morning in 1 John – one of the great “love” books in the Bible.
In 1 John, John is telling us that the world will know us by our love. The way we love each other and the lost is our greatest witness to the world.
But in chapter 3, he tells us how we can know we are saved. How we can be assured our lives have been changed by the gospel. The answer is still love… but it’s interesting that there even has to be a question.
And here’s the real killer. In verse 19, he says
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; (1 John 3:19, ESV)
“Reassure our heart”….Y’all…
OUR HEARTS LIE TO US!
Eve’s gut lied to her in the garden when she trusted the serpent. Once we are saved, our heart continues to doubt our salvation. You’re really not a believer. Look at you!
But when we see our love, our fruit, we reassure our hearts with the evidence of our faith.
Does it surprise you that we have to do this? I know that my heart is a liar, and yet this truth blew me away.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)
He goes on in chapter 3:
for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; (vv. 20-21)
Our Father sees us through His son, Christ. He knows our heart through that filter. And when we fight down the lie about our heart, we are confident to do the work that God has called us to. Otherwise, our heart is so busy tearing us down that we are incapacitated!
Don’t let the lies win!
Action item: If you’re having trouble believing this truth, get with another believer and identify the lies you’re believing that are not Biblical. Memorize scripture that fight those lies, and pray for each other.