All is Fair in Love and War

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

The saying ‘all is fair in love and war’ paints for us a soldier standing on a battlefield, fighting for the things he loves most. Love can be like a battlefield. It is the one thing people are desperate to find, and it is the biggest battle of all to sustain. The people you love can sometimes hurt you the most. We are called to forgive those who hurt us, love our enemies, and be peacemakers especially in the house of God (Romans 12:18). If we learn to do this then the God of love and peace will be with us (2 Corinthians 13:11). Love can be the greatest tool in warfare. Jesus is an example of this as He died on the cross for love, even though we didn’t deserve it. He is that solider on the battlefield. He’s the hero of our story, and we are alive to tell it because of His sacrificial love for us. Sometimes as Christians we take on a religious attitude toward people and situations, when all we need to do is take a position of love. Love wins every time (1 Corinthians 13:8). A person’s heart may not be ready to hear or understand what God has to say, but if you start by showing a simple act of love and kindness it can speak volumes and ready their hearts to receive (Matthew 13:1-9, Ezekiel 36:26). Love is the one language that is universal.

The world is constantly warring and taking offense to things because they have a messed up version of what love is. This is because society believes that we think that we must agree upon everything in order to love one another. Loving a person with a hard heart can be difficult, but you might find that person needs love the most; perhaps they need to see a reflection of God’s heart in you (Genesis 1:26). We need to learn to love beyond the barriers we create. There is a time to tear down and a time to build up (Ecclesiastes 3:3). Let’s tear down those barriers and build up a monument of love for the Lord, so that all will come to know love. We must strive to live in peace with all, and in doing so we are blessed, even if that means you love at a distance (Matthew 5:9). The songs says ‘I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.’ Jesus says, if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). He commands us to love Him, and then love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus loved us to death! (Philippians 2:8).

I have loved you with an everlasting love – God

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