I was once told that “Love was my weapon” after a disturbing event in our family. I thought at the time that was such a strange statement. I had never heard of love being a “weapon”. As I pondered the idea, I began to sort of understand how such a thing could be. And then I remembered I had an experience that really gave me a clearer understanding.
Here is what happened: I had made an appointment with a dear “Christian” lady, let’s call her Ann. I was late keeping an agreed upon appointment with Ann and was completely unprepared for what happened when I arrived. Ann was extremely upset that I was late. Without giving me the opportunity to say anything, she began yelling all kinds of angry things at me about my being late. I had never seen her like that. I was totally taken by surprise and was still very young and did not know how to respond. She was my “elder” and I had always been taught to respect my elders.
So, I began to say in a very quiet and, hopefully, respectful voice: “Ann I love you” “Ann I love you”, over and over again. I did not know where that was coming from, but I knew it was true. She was very special to me and I do love her dearly. Shortly, her voice got quieter and quieter until she just simply stopped.
This had happened long before my upset about what was happening in our family, but it was brought back to my remembrance sometime after I was trying to understand what was meant by “love is my weapon”. Finally, I could see clearly how that can work. Of course, there is much more that can be said about it, but at the time the memory was sufficient for the understanding I needed.
Love is the answer to every situation that comes up in this world. Though it can be expressed with words, it is mostly the most powerful when expressed through our actions. When we learn to live and be love (not “lust” which is evil), we will have learned the complete lesson of this earthly school.
God told us what true love is, so that there would be no mistake:
“Charity (Love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity (love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
“Charity (Love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 & 13 KJV)
- Love is patient and is kind
- Love does not envy
- Love is not boastful
- Love does misbehave
- Love is not self-centered or selfish
- Love does not get angry easily
- Love thinks no evil
- Love does not rejoice in sin
- Love rejoices in truth
- Love bears all things
- Love believes all things
- Love hopes all things
- Love endures all things
- Love never fails
There are three everlasting things: Faith, Hope, Love, but the greatest of these things is Love.
Here in America and other places around the world, this is the “season of Love”. It is when we celebrate the greatest gift of Love ever received on this earth: the Father God’s gift of His beloved Son. Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of lords and King of kings. Make no mistake, this earth is His. He bought it at a great price: His very life. And He has not given it up. It is still His. And, one day He will return to set up His kingdom which is everlasting.
“Even so, Come Lord Jesus”. We, Your sheep love You and eagerly long for the completion of our preparation and Your soon return.