I guess it’s becoming almost a bit of a recurring topic…the fact that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Today I was busy with something at work when a song came on, I couldn’t even tell you what the song was called or who it was by, but the person sang a very simple line. “What if we fought for love?”
Sometimes the answers that we need can be found in the simples things.
I thought about that for a moment, what if we fought for love? I work with people every single day as many of you do, outside of work I’m blessed to be in a position where I’m constantly with people, different people, all the time. I get it, there are times when people can be cruel for no reason, there are times where people have spoken so hatefully towards me, times where the last thing I wanted to do was fight for love, but then I looked to the past.
I would love to say that I am the most calm person on this planet but the truth is sometimes I get angry, sometimes I don’t direct my anger towards the problem, instead I direct it at the person. I wonder what would happen if instead of fighting people in our thought lives with bitterness or in our words or with our voices, we fought for love. It sounds like a new complicated concept, but it turns out that is exactly how God intended it to be.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
What about Matthew 5:39-41
“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
How angry would you be if someone came up to you and slapped you in the face? I remember a friend of mine was sitting on his couch with some people. They were having a casual conversation until out of nowhere as a joke his brother came up to him and slapped him right square in the face. Trust me, people don’t like being slapped in the face. The easy thing to do would be to slap that person back or just hold it in and secretly hate the person. But God says, turn the other cheek. Let me ask you, which one is harder to fight? The person or the urge to react and show love? It would be so easy to just repay people evil for evil, but are we evil people? Is that who we want to be? Who is the father of evil, do we want to partner with him?
The longer I live my life as a Christian, the more and more I see that the easy way is rarely the right way. Let me encourage you, be slow to anger, slow to speak if necessary, slow to react or respond and fast to love. Fight for Love.