the human heart

1.24.2012 |

people say "follow your heart and you can't go wrong."  well, that's the biggest load of crock i have ever heard, though i have used that clich√© phrase time and time again.  however, i've listened to my heart, and what happened?  i went wrong. yes, i did listen to it and it lead me astray. why? because it's inherently evil and naturally void of the spirit. still, the human heart is an utter mystery to me. 

"above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do" -proverbs 4:23

"a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person" -proverbs 27:19

"you brood of snakes! how could evil men like you speak what is good and right? for whatever is in your heart determines what you say." -matthew 12:34

"God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.  God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  God blesses though who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will recieve it in full.  God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.  God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.  God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs." -matthew 5:3-10

though the human heart is a mystery to me, i do know one thing.  the heart is misleading and should not be trusted.  instead, the Spirit living inside is what i should trust, where i should go for counsel, who i should trust with all things.

"create in me a clean heart, O God. renew a right spirit within me." -psalm 51:10

(c) renee masterson

(c) renee masterson
and i now have this tattooed on my back as an external symbol
as to what Christ is doing in my life (updated January 26, 2013)

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