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.
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Family members and friends searched their hearts for words of comfort for a young man who was trapped under the debris and whose only lifeline to them was his cell phone.
When they searched their hearts for answers to that question in connection with a parishioner facing a prison sentence - former Eugene policeman Juan Lara - they concluded Jesus would seek healing rather than punishment.