Love Conquers All
In the midst of all the chaos going on in the world I can’t get the topic of love out of my mind. It might be because I am in the book of Song of Songs right now, which so beautifully captures how loved we are, or maybe it’s just what the Father wants me to focus on. Either way, the phrase “Love conquers all” is at the forefront of my mind.
At the same time I have seen so much hate on the internet and I know you have too. I realize the hate has sparked from the racial injustices that have happened and I believe the racial injustices have happened because of the hate. Hate has always been a problem. It was corrected in Genesis 4, codified as commandment in Exodus 20, and elevated by Jesus in Matthew 5:21. Hate is a settled issue; it is a sin against God first, and then against humanity. And if anyone understands being the recipient of hate it’s our Savior because He Himself was hated by almost all.
It’s not just hate that is the problem, but what stems when we have hate in our heart, which includes negativity, violence, rudeness, shaming and bullying too. It breaks my heart to see people let hate be their motivating factor in how they react to those around them.
It seems obvious, but I want to remind you that hate will never be the answer. Responding to someone’s social media post with unkindness, will not bring unity. Bashing law enforcement, our government and our president will not solve the problem. Shaming and judging others who have a different opinion or a different color skin than you won’t work either.
We need to realize that every time we say something hateful about the racial injustices, violence, evil, or the people who think differently than us, we contribute to the problem. Every time we bash the government, we contribute to the problem. Every time we bully some one who has a different opinion than ours, we contribute to the problem.
Hate is ultimately the fruit of the enemy. Have we as Christians forgotten that there is an enemy at play who comes to steal, kill and destroy? He has used God’s sons and daughters to do all three. He’s led us to believe the battle is other people when in fact the war is against him. He’s gained access and he’s crossed boundaries and it’s time he stops. We must seek the Father’s agenda instead of partnering up with the enemy’s and that all starts with our hearts.
Why is the heart so important? Luke 6:45 says, “It’s out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.” Our very words and actions are a reflection of what is in our heart. Which is why there is nothing as beautiful as a healed heart because it’s out of the heart that the mouth speaks. The opposite holds true too; if someone is filled with anger and hate, it’s due to the hardness of their heart.
You and I will only be able to love others when we ourselves have love in our heart, which is why it’s important we seek Christ to heal our hearts. If we have love in our heart, love will be our response. If we have hate in our heart, hate will be our reaction.
So practically what does love look like? It looks like listening, even to people who have a different opinion than yours. It looks like staying silent instead of saying something hurtful. It looks like praying for those who have hurt you or who think differently than you. It looks like loving others like Christ loves us. It looks like 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
It also looks like James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
It’s time we take back authority, break agreements with the enemy, seek healing in our hearts and choose love because love is the answer and love conquers all. And it’s time we realize that if we want unity in this nation, it’s going to come when we as Christians decide to love others as Christ has first loved us, just as we are commanded to do in John 13:34.
Based on how you have acted and the things you have said recently, what is the condition of your heart? Are you letting love conquer all? Join me in inviting the Lord in to heal the hard, hurting and hateful places of the heart. I also encourage you to repent. Repent from any wicked ways as you turn your heart back to the Father.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:9-21
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7