Weapon Of Love
lay a foundation, we are to respond with people differently from the
way that we respond to the attacks of the devil and his powers even
though the people may be under the influence of the powers of
darkness. I also recognize that there are some principles of
Biblical truth across the board. In
both cases, our weapons are spiritual weapons. “(For
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to
the pulling down of strong holds;)” (II
Corinthians 10:4). We
are not to fight an individual (a personal enemy) in the flesh. So
how do we do spiritual warfare when we are under attack by people? We
can start with the fact that it will be just the opposite as our old
fleshly nature wants to respond. "For
the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:
and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the
things that ye would" (Galatians 5:17).
I. Some Old Testament Passages:
thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely
bring it back to him again. If
thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and
wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him” (Exodus 23:-4-5).
not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he
thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty,
give him water to drink: For
thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall
gives us some vivid examples:
have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for
a tooth: But
I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite
thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:38-39). My
first thought is, “But it hurts!” However, recognizing that there
is a matter of self preservation, we are to also look at what Jesus
said. In the context, he is saying not to strike back in revenge.
if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him
have thy cloke also” (Matthew 5:40).
saying that we overcome by GIVING
whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (Matthew 5:41). A
Roman centurion might compel a man carry his bag one mile, but it
would be unthinkable for the man to show love and carry for two
miles. Jesus also said concerning
likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are
commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that
which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). Faith
is demonstrated through love.
to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn
not thou away” (Matthew 5:42).
my first thought would be, “But, God he may not return it or he
will destroy my possession.”
have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and
hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the
children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to
rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on
is the weapon that we are to use with people. We don't overcome
through cursing people (speaking evil of them), but by blessing
(speaking well … and praying for God's blessing to come on them).
if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the
publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye
more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore
perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:46-48). To
be “perfect” or complete, we are to love others and not just the
people that are loveable.
himself put the principle in practice:
is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends” (John 15:12-13). This is
exactly what Jesus did.
when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the
scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a
good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).
you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
works, yet now hath he reconciled” (Colossians 1:21).
Paul spoke about it:
to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all
men” (Romans 12:17).
it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”
beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for
it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”
if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in
so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans
12:21). God's love is greater than the power of evil.
that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men” (I
V. Stephen demonstrated it:
they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive
my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he
(Acts 7:59-60). Stephen forgave (blessed) those who were stoning him to
death. Saul (later named, Paul) observed Stephen forgiving those who
were stoning him. This most likely prepared Saul's heart to
receive Christ a little latter.
VI. Additional Scriptures:
man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).
"Hatred stirreth up strifes: but
love covereth all sins" (Proverbs 10:12). When we see
people as our friends, we show them more grace when they sin against us
"There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in love"
(I John 4:18). Often our enemies remain our enemies because they
are also afraid of us whether or not they admit it.
VII. It is a principle of sowing and reaping:
he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your
righteousness;)" (II Corinthians 9:10). God provides the
seed of love, but we are responsible to sow the seed.
the morning sow thy seed, and
in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether
shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
good" (Ecclesiastes 11:6). We don't know what seed will
produce, but the Scripture says that there will be some seed that will
produce a harvest.
"Give, and it shall be given unto
you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,
shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again" (Luke 6:38). The
more seed that we sow, the greater the harvest.
"Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap"
(Galatians 6:7). When we plant seeds of love, we can expect a future
harvest of love based upon the word of God. AMEN.