Soldier of Love

I’m not a preacher of love! I’m a war, I’m a fight, I’m indab… I’m sure you already know the ending, as it’s a phrase that was popular and probably still trends on social media. This phrase is one that has subconsciously planted the idea of ‘love being weak’ in the minds of a lot of people, and the truth is, it has become very commonplace in our day and age to associate love with weakness of the heart and mind. It really is not so surprising that love is viewed as such because the world’s view of love these days is one that’s warped and is a far cry from what real love is. But we, believers, have been shown the true love that transcends and is far superior to the love the world knows, the love that was powerful enough to break the bonds of sin and shackles of shame that once held us down, and it is because we have been shown this love that we are to also show others around us this same love, freely we received, freely we should give.

Jesus says to his disciples in John 13:34 & 35 to, love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. So, we see that showing love to ourselves and the world around us is a litmus test to whether we’re true Christians or not. As believers and a people born of God’s spirit, love is first a nature for us because we were born of God and God is Love, so it isn’t something we’re to struggle with, seeing as we’ve received the spirit of love, the spirit that leads us and influences our desires…

Let us move further, and take a look at the characteristics of this love we’re to show. 1Corinthians 13 gives us a breakdown of what love is, and it starts with stating that love is patient and kind in verse 4, if we compare this to what we see in the world today, we see that most of the issues that arise in relationships and in our everyday life is because of a lack of patience, to think and to respond appropriately. You would agree with me that most mistakes and misunderstandings today would have been avoided if the person in question was patient enough to look at things from all angles. So, to actively take steps in your love walk, practice patience, intentionally choose to hold on before acting, it certainly helps to consider with wisdom and from the word of God what to do in any type of situation.

Next tip that’d help us in walking in love is to have the mindset of “others first, me next”. I know this sounds weird because of what we’ve been used to for a while, hearing phrases like “practice self love”, “protect your self-worth”, “self is king” Lol, maybe I made up that last one, but the truth is, for us to truly live as Christ lived, we have to consider what Christ did, and He definitely didn’t put Himself first when He came to die for us. Philippians 2:3-8 shows us Christ’s example and how we are to follow it.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. -Phi 2:3-8 KJV

If we are to truly practice love, what would help is to have this mindset, to put others first, to think of how our actions would affect others, to make decisions that’d not only benefit us but also benefit other people around us in the long run.. Yes, it is important to take care of ourselves, but we shouldn’t let it get to the point that ourselves is all that matters to us.. Let your life be lived for the good of the world around you, it is in this that Christ’s love reaches the world and transforms lives.

Note that it is very easy to get caught up in feelings of sadness and lowered self esteem when the love we give is either not accepted or is taken for granted, in order to stop this from happening, center your worth in Christ. Let the reason for your loving others be because God loves you with an undying and unconditional love and places so much value on you to give up Himself on the cross. Let your source of love be placed in the fact that God loves these people as much as He loves you, which is to infinity. So anytime you feel like you’re been drained and you’re giving out more than you think you can, remember that God is your source, and God is Love Himself.

Another tip that would help in our love walk is forgiveness. Practice forgiveness. Let it become easy for you to let go and forgive wrongs that are done to you. I know it’s easier said than done, but that’s why we have the Spirit of Love in us, it is through Him we can really walk in love, so ask for His help and forgive when it comes down to it. This leads me to the next point, which is..

Prayer! Pray, pray and pray. Practice praying God’s strength into your weakness as much as possible; it might not look like it, but prayer doesn’t just change the situations around us, it also changes us in the process. So pray, in the spirit and in your understanding, for it is in the place of prayer that the grace to put to practice what the word of God says is released on you, it is in the place of prayer that God’s heart is revealed to you and a passion for others that only exists in the realm of God’s love is poured out, it is in the place of prayer that you Learn that the reason for life, and life itself is truly Love, in all and for all. Give yourself to prayer, it works!

You wouldn’t be able to practice what the word of God says if you don’t know what it says, so, like Apostle Paul said to the Colossians in chapter 3:16, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, practicing it as you go, this would renew your mind and help you stay grounded in Christ’s love irrespective of what the world tries to feed you.

Lastly, I would like to say that truly truly, beyond all doubt, God’s love is powerful, the love that drove our creator to give up all for His creation, that released freedom and light to us who sometime dwelt in darkness and captivity, that granted authority to them who were once slaves, that gave power to them who were once powerless. That love is definitely powerful, and no matter how much the world tries to make love look weak, we know that it is the most powerful thing that has ever existed. (1 Cor 13:13) It is for this reason we take up our swords, the word of God, and shield ourselves with faith in it, it is for this reason we fight, bearing love in our artillery and words seasoned with grace, it is for this reason we offer forgiveness up, like wine in chalices, it is for this reason, we give ourselves to the gospel! 2Ti 2:4 KJV No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. So take up your sword as a soldier, arm yourself with God’s word, and give yourself to walking in love, for it is in love that the will of our Lord is fulfilled, and it is in love that the world is transformed.

Peace and Grace I pray upon you, Fellow Soldier. Be blessed in the name of the Lord.

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