2 Corinthians 10:4(KJV) – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds
I have very often heard this verse of scripture to support how that prayer is our weapon of warfare. I believe that. But I also strongly believe that the wars we are waging are not necessarily against people who may be considered as standing in the way of our progress. But to a greater extent, our mindsets and theories that are often displayed by how we respond to situations and to people. The strongholds in the verse quoted actually represents any theories and mindsets that we might have, that are contrary to what God’s standards are. Love is who God is. So all of His standards are love-sourced.
Let me try to put this in perspective. Someone did a very terrible thing to you. The world’s way is to find a way to revenge, to hurt back, to keep a grudge. God’s standards are to pray and love on that person(see Matthew 5:38 – 48). You did not make your medical exams on the second attempt – your unrenewed mind is to accept that you are a failure and that medical school is not for you. God’s standards are that He has made you a success and you can do all things through his ability at work in you(see Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:29). You were diagnosed with a life-threatening disease; the doctors have given their report. God’s standards are that He has given you His life and no disease has the right to fasten itself to your body. I could go on and on giving different scenarios but the key thing is this: to be able to live by God’s standards for your life you need to be able to connect with your faith(Hebrews 11:6). To be able to connect with your faith, you need to respond to God’s love.
Responding to God’s love means accepting His standards for your life. Knowing that He wants the absolute best for you and standing your ground on it. No, His love is not too good to be true. See what John on the bible has to say about this:
1 John 4:16(KJV) – And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Know and believe His love for you. As you respond to His love, it will be easier to walk in love towards others. And guess what love does to your faith? 👇:
Galatians 5:6(KJV) – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love
Your faith will be active and effectual when you walk in love. Love is like the battery to your faith.
So back to the starting verse, if I were to paraphrase will be that our weapon of warfare is primarily our weapon of love and it is mighty through God because God is love. Oh and not carnal love; not the love of the love that expects something in return but the love inspired by love Himself. Love is your all-kind of weapon – your defensive because it guards your heart against bitterness, jealousy, wickedness, strongholds; your offensive because you can actively apply love to contrary situations. Hmmmm🤔; that may not have made a ton of logic perhaps but tomorrow’s post will be one where I share from life’s experience to explain my understanding of what I mean…
1 Corinthians 7:13 – “[Love]… bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”
… Stay tuned! I’d love to hear from you!