“You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain” -Harvey Dent (The Dark Knight)
Let us just say before I begin that I am not a comic book expert and neither do I know all the details regarding this character. However, from what I recall from the movie, Harvey Dent aka Two-Face wasn’t always a bad guy. He started out as a good guy. However, circumstances changed or misguided his nature. One can also say these circumstances brought out his true nature that was always within him. In other words, what he turned into, I believe, he was always capable of.
Movies often show the evil man is capable of, especially in the case of the godless. When a man is unrestrained, has no care for morality or has a lacking in conscience or a right relationship with God, he resorts to behavior that shows how truly evil his sinful nature can be, given the opportunity.
If we don’t have a relationship with God, we will indeed live long enough to see ourselves “become the villain” as we are all capable of behavior we think is beyond us. This is the result of our fallen sin nature. God is the only one who is capable of changing our hearts.
The Bible speaks of the heart numerous times. In my research, I found that the heart is spoken of in some way or reference, on average, about 700 times (a few hundred more or less depending on various translations). The heart matters to God very much. He is primarily concerned with the heart so much so that God asks us to “guard” our heart for it is the “wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23).
In 1 Samuel 16:7 we see God isn’t concerned with appearance, rather He is concerned with the heart of man.
God places such emphasis on the human heart. It is of extreme importance to Him. Here’s what He has to say about it:
1. The heart is deceitful above all things
Jeremiah 17:9-10 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Only God truly can understand the depths of the human heart. He searches the heart of man and gives to each according to his ways. The Fall has had an impact on our hearts in every way and affects our emotions, thoughts, and actions; the essence of everything we are which is why we must not readily follow the world’s advice that shouts “follow your heart.” When we follow our hearts without God in the picture, we are sure to be led astray and eventually even to death.
2. The heart is where our behavior begins
Matthew 5:28 says “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Adultery, in this case, begins in the heart. The heart leads to the forming of thoughts, which then lead the person to act sinfully.
3. The heart can find its strength and purpose only in God
Psalm 73:26 says “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” In other words, God is the rock who enables us to continue forward. We cannot draw strength from anyone other than the One who created us. We are created in God’s image for His purpose. Trying to survive on our own is senseless. We won’t last long and if we try and do so, it would be futile and in rebellion towards God.
Have you ever thought about what God has to say about your heart? How can you relate to your heart finding its strength in God?