search (one's) heart

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search (one's) heart

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their hearts and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your heart—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: heart, search

search your ˈheart/ˈsoul/ˈconscience

(formal) think carefully about your feelings or your reasons for doing something: If I searched my heart I’d probably find that I don’t always tell the truth. ▶ ˈheart-searching, ˈsoul-searching nouns: His divorce forced him to do a lot of soul-searching.
References in classic literature ?
It was as if your pure brow bore a light which fell on me, searched my heart and saved me from ignominy, from ultimate undoing.
Your loving sister Amy xxxx COLLEDGE MILLIE HARDING I've searched my heart for answers and asked endless questions why?
I looked through my notes and searched my heart, my soul, and my brain.
Lotz's response to her critics recalls that of Utley: "I searched my heart and asked the Lord to show me what the answer was.
I have searched my heart through and through and feel comfortable with this decision.