“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. …And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an unuprooted small corner of evil.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“All the devils in hell and tempters on earth could do us no injury if there were no corruption in our own natures. …Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. …The worst thing you have to fear is the treachery of your own heart.” Charles Spurgeon
“I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.” Martin Luther
“I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.” Dwight L. Moody
“Lord Jesus, don’t let me lie when I say that I love you…and protect me, for today I could betray you.” Augustine
One of the servant girls who worked for the high priest came by and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth. But Peter denied it. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ he said, and he went out into the entryway. …When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, ‘This man is definitely one of them!’ But Peter denied it again. A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said, ‘You must be one of them, because you are a Galilean. Peter swore, ‘A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” Mark 14:65-72
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Do you fear “the treachery of your own heart?” If not, in light of these testimonies, and Peter’s example, why not?
- If so, what practices do you have in place to protect yourself from the ravages of “the great pope (Self) within?”
- Do you have a spiritual friend that can help you watch over your heart?
Abba, help me to guard my heart as though my life depended on it, for of course, it does.
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