By: Tim Sader
Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Last week we learned how we lay down ourselves to take up following the Lord and unselfishly devoting ourselves to others. Our song was Lay Me Down by Rush of Fools. The Lord showed us His love when Christ laid down His life for us so we should love in the same way. Laying down our lives to love is no easy task and cannot be taken lightly. It is war to love like this because it costs us our lives. Today our song will be Love Is War by Hillsong United. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/5scS31oFzeo or search for it on YouTube. We turn our eyes so we can see the face of God as our fears surrender. He holds our heart within this grace where burdens turn to wonder. We will fight to follow Him. We will fight for love, throwing our lives forever in the triumph of the Son. Love Is War on many fronts. It is war for us to love the Lord and not follow our desire to sin. Momentary pleasure that comes from sin often appears more rewarding than chasing an invisible God. It is also war when it comes to loving others when we can be selfish and worried about our own needs. If we truly lay our lives down for others we are giving up on our own lives in order to improve theirs. This seems backwards and makes a battle in our minds. It is war against our enemy because he will tempt us in every way trying to make us turn our backs on God. When we suffer in our lives with disabilities, addictions, loss of jobs or a loved one, bad relationships or are victims of crime. These type of situations the enemy can use to show us God don’t care and that He is against us. However God can use these same situations to show up in our lives and let Himself be seen in us. There are many battles in life because Love Is War and how well we fight for it determines our course.
Jesus told us we cannot love father, mother, son or daughter more than the Lord or we are not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:37). It is hard to love the Lord more than we love our own flesh and blood but without Him we wouldn’t have them to love. As wickedness in the earth increases the love of most will grow cold but the one who stands firm till the end will be saved (Matthew 24:12-13). When everyone around us seem unlovable because the world is evil many will get burned out on love until they completely give up the fight. Not only are we told to love but Christ goes on and tells us to love our enemies, do good to our haters, bless those who curse us and pray for those who mistreat us. If we only love those who love us or only do good to those who are good to us how are we doing any better than sinners who do the same (Luke 6:27-28, 32-33)? Loving when the love isn’t a mutual feeling seems impossible but God wins wars even when we cannot. Real love is sincere, hates what is evil and clings to what is good. We are to be devoted to one another in love and honor them above ourselves (Romans 12:9-10). Love Is War against our own flesh because we are to love others and honor them above ourselves. Love does no harm to others that is why it is the fulfillment of Gods law (Romans 13:10). If we will not harm our neighbor because we love them we will do nothing to sin against them or the Lord. It is war to love like that. If we love the world or anything in it, the love of the Father is not in us (1 John 2:15). Loving nothing more than God seems to be a constant battle. Love takes action, when we see a person in need we should feel bad for them and help them if we can (1 John 3:17-18). This is where war is most difficult; action is where we are most vulnerable. If we claim to love God but harbor hate for anyone we are liars. If we cannot love who we see we cannot love God who is unseen (1 John 4:20). It is difficult to love, maybe the most impossible thing for us to do. Love Is War but with God in our lives we can win the battles that will win the war.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16