“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
This was the quote I noticed hanging on the wall as my friend scrambled around trying to straighten up so I wouldn’t feel bombarded by the mess in her room. Wow, I thought to myself in that moment, love must have some sort of power to be able to unite enemies as friends. My mind immediately shifted from focusing on my friend cleaning to thinking about the dominion and influence that love truly does have over people’s actions and decisions.
As we step forth into February, the month practically known around the U.S. as the month of love. I believe that God wants for each one of you reading this blog to understand the power of love and why it is important for you to guard your heart.
Have you ever heard or read about the story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible?
Samson fell madly in love with a Philistine woman by the name of Delilah. One day, the rulers of the Philistines asked Delilah to see if she could lure Samson into showing her the secret behind his great strength (which was given to him by God). The Philistines wanted to know about Samson’s great strength so they could seize him. In return for Delilah seducing Samson and getting him to confess his secret to her, the rulers of the Philistines ensured her that “Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver “ (Judges 16:5 NIV).
Once Delilah knew the truth of how shaving Samson’s head would strip him away of his great strength she told the Philistine rulers and set Samson up.
“When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, ‘Come back once more; he has told me everything.’ So the rulers of the Philistines returned with silver in their hands. Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him” (Judges 16:18-19NIV).
The Philistines ended up capturing Samson, gouging out his eyes and binding him in chains while taking him to a prison in a place called Gaza where he eventually died.
Through this story we can see how Samson’s heart/love for Delilah had the power to dictate his decision in revealing his divine power to her. There is a popular proverb in the bible that reads “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).
To prevent us from ending up like Samson, we must first be able to understand and recognize that we are driven, motivated and inspired by our hearts desires. In order to guard our hearts, learning how to love and put God first before trying to love anyone or anything else is essential.
Keeping your heart hidden in God and staying focused on God is the key that allows God to step in and take control. Once you have mastered how to surrender your heart to God first, God is able to connect you to the right person or lead you in the right direction so that you do not get sidetracked by things or people that do not serve a purpose in helping you reach your Destiny.
“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways” (Proverbs 23:26 NIV)
We are thankful for your unconditional love. Thank you for loving us through our wrongs, loving us through our lows and loving us even when we didn’t know how to love ourselves or those around us. We come to you acknowledging that you are love and before we can truly love we must guard our hearts by learning how to love through you. We pray that you create in us a pure heart (Psalm 51:10 NIV) so that our hearts are hidden in you God. Teach us how to love genuinely, teach us how to love purely and most importantly, teach us how to love unconditionally. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.