Love is the greatest power in the universe. And, as John has written, there is only One Who loves.
We think of love as weakness. You are vulnerable when you love; your open heart is a target for hurt. Even so… Love is power. Love is the power of influence. Love is the infusion of energy that carries you forward when you want to drop out of the human dilemma!
Love is Power in Reaching People
I had such a moment a while back, walking with someone who was so rebellious to God, yet floating above reality with religious ideas that bordered on false doctrine. I had given the answer countless times. “Surrender. Simple…just follow God and obey. All will be solved. Then you will see clearly.”
This one was saying yes, but meaning NO.
Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, and their time of punishment would be forever.
Psalm 81:15 NASB
The rebel is a cruel soul. They seem to think you don’t notice when they sneak in a mean jab covered in the syrup of flattery. My flame of God-love for this person burned low and was almost gone, but I wasn’t released.
“Now this has become MY crisis, Lord. I am in trouble and I need your great Love.”
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11 ESV
“Please, give me YOUR love for this one.” And then I worked and prayed and chose to forgive.
The very next day, God’s love came and it burned bright. I was free. I had not realized that Hate (using the rebel) was after me with all his murder of God. And the Lord ‘delivered me from evil’ on the wings of His forgiving Love.
Love is Power over ALL Darkness
But this time, I sensed something of which I am not always fully conscious. I had a strong sense of the presence of spiritual authority. And I knew I could bring that rebel to God through prayer and nothing could defeat or thwart the dynamic of God’s love. With Love I had authority over the enemy, and because of Love I had faith IN the power of Love.
Love conquers. Love dispels darkness. No Hate of the enemy could stop this unquenchable divine Love.
“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
1 John 3:16 ESV
The solution will always be Love. To every conflict, to all injustice, for those on the reckless path to ‘punishment,’ Love is the power, the answer and the victory. And God’s Love is the only need for both the rebel and me.
Stand watch and stay in the Love of God, for the fight is over. It was a war between the two entities: Love and Hate. Love has already won. The prodigal is coming home.
P.S. Don’t try to guess who I am talking about. Truth is…the story is about many.