Some time later, Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah. (Judges 16:4) You're probably familiar with this story and what happens next. Delilah persuades Samson to tell her the secret of his strength and she hands him over to the Philistines. I've read/heard this account many times, but I noticed something new while reading it today. The Scripture says that Samson fell in love with Delilah. That was his downfall.
We must be careful to guard our hearts.
Because Samson was in love with Delilah, he was willing to compromise. And this wasn't the first time. Samson fell in love with, and married another Philistine woman. This woman was also able to entice Samson into something he shouldn't have done, and it cost him. (Judges14:12-18)
Samson fell in love with the wrong women and they became a snare to him. Is there something that you love that has become a snare? Maybe you love new clothes and that love has led to a mountain of debt. Perhaps you love your car or your home and they have become an idol to you. Maybe your love is directed to a person that is wrong for you and you're unequally yoked. We must guard our hearts. If our love is focused or directed to anything or anyone other than God, we will be left disappointed and possibly ensnared. But God's love will never disappoint and will lead to freedom.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5