Fight To Love

Fight To Love

Matthew 24:10-12 NIV “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, THE LOVE OF MOST WILL GROW COLD.”

If you’re a Christian you’re in a fight: the tug of war between the flesh and the Spirit. The flesh tells us to hate and the Spirit tells us to love. When people turn away from the faith, when hatred comes our way, when betrayal comes, when false prophets prowl, how should we respond? The same way Jesus responded when all these evils confronted Him:😊

Luke 22:47‭-‬53 RSV “While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?” And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And HE TOUCHED HIS EAR AND HEALED HIM. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”‬‬

After He was arrested, whipped and tortured, and tortured some more being hung on a cross, this is what Jesus prayed for His persecutors:

Luke 23:34 NIV “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”😳

Anyone who cannot see that Jesus was not an ordinary human being doesn’t want to see it. Jesus loves humanity just that much; to pray for their forgiveness even while they were killing Him! Boy, I must confess I need to be more like God!😪 Anyone who calls God mean doesn’t know what they are talking about. The next passage is what Jesus taught. And He also walked the walk:

Matthew 5:43-48 NIV “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. [46] If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? [47] And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? [48] Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Nope, I didn’t say learning to love like Jesus loves would be easy. But think about it, what worth while is?🤔 Jesus will help us if we do not give up.

1 John 4:8 GNT “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”😊

I encourage you to pray, “God, fill me with your love.” Pray this type of prayer often, and meditate on God’s amazing love as you study His word. Let us seek to imitate Him in all of our dealings with people. He will continue to teach us how to love. Living the life of love is the only option for us. Love is God’s greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:36-40) Loving the way God loves pleases Him and brings glory to His name. It leads to eternal life not only for us but for others also. (1 Peter 4:8)😊

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