Does the Bible say to follow your heart?

Here's the answer:

No, the Bible never says to follow your heart.

Has anyone ever told you to follow your heart? The person is telling you to trust yourself and your feelings. Is that a smart thing to do?

The Bible says we are to trust God, not our hearts. Proverbs 3:5–6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight." This verse says that we are not to rely on ourselves, but instead, we are to rely on God.

Sometimes our hearts lie. Something might feel like the right thing to do, but it isn’t.

For example, your mom tells you to do your homework while she works in the backyard. Right after she leaves, your best friend comes to the door and asks you to play his new video game. Your heart says you should play a quick video game and be back before your mom is done in the backyard. What’s the right thing to do? Should you follow your heart or obey your mom?

When we rely on our heart, we sometimes make wrong choices. Instead, God wants us to follow what His Word says is right. In this instance, God wants you to obey your mom.

God promises to help us make good choices, and we also have the Bible to help us. When we rely on God, we will make wise decisions. He is much more reliable than our hearts.

Bible Truth

"God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything" (1 John 3:20b).

"If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn’t find fault" (James 1:5).