Who or What Has the Best of Your Heart?

I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 2 Cor. 11:1-3 (NLT)


Lord Jesus, as this Scripture underscores, overtly and covertly, Satan is always seeking to divert and diminish our love for you. When he succeeds, everything else in our lives gets out of balance, and out of whack.

We start thinking of ourselves too highly or too lowly, and certainly, too often. We take criticism too personally and we feed on compliments like chocolate. When we love you less, we medicate our pain in unhealthy ways and get busy with things that don’t really matter.

Less worthy things preoccupy our hearts, and ordinary irritants make us zero fun to be around. We’re more susceptible to fears and more likely to act out foolishly. When we indulge heart drift from you, we rob ourselves and others of your grace; but worse, we rob you of glory.

So as this day begins, and continues, we reaffirm that our greatest joy in life is being known, loved, and enjoyed by you, Jesus. We love you because you first loved us and gave yourself for us. Your love for us is always full bore and full throttle, passionately focused and tenaciously tender. You, alone, are worthy of our heart’s attention, affection, and adoration.

Continue to rescue us from whisperings and lies, and seductions and condemnations of Satan. Until the Day you return, may your love for us be the most enthralling, liberating, and compelling force in our lives. By the Word, gospel, and Spirit, show us more and more of your beauty, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your great and gracious name.