Today's encouragement comes from Judges 16:15b, where we read these words:
"How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me?"
What Delilah asked Samson makes a good paradigm for what God would ask any who profess faith in Him. What good is it, for us to say we love God, if He does not have our hearts? The heart is everything, when it comes to religion. God is more patient with honest unbeliev-ers, who make no claim to love Him, than He is with hypocrites, who only pretend to (in order to forward their own reputations).
Let us love Christ sincerely, and from the heart. This does not require perfection; but it does require honesty.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Affliction is the saint's badge and mark of honor." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Art of Divine Contentment"]