A myth exists in our world today
about love, and it goes something like this: Love is pillow-soft. It’s
nice, but it’s not very strong. It gets trampled; it can’t withstand
pressure; it doesn’t know what to do when life gets tough. Love is more
fluff than substance, more poodle than pit bull, more marshmallow than
Love is an emotion, a hug from
Mom, a kiss on the cheek, a heart-shaped emoticon on your phone, and,
above all, is safe.
Movies and television confirm
this myth—especially for kids. Love is primarily portrayed as something
romantic and flirty, between a boy and a girl. Just spend an hour or
two watching the Disney Channel and you’ll see a variation of the same
common theme: girl likes boy and tries to get his attention; boy flirts
with girl, who ignores him; boy’s heart is broken by girl . . . and so
There’s nothing wrong with this
kind of affection, but if we hear the Bible speak of love and our minds
automatically go in the Disney direction, we’ve missed the point
entirely. In our world, love tends to be soft and gooey.
But in the spiritual sense, love
is an undefeatable weapon. It is strong and solid and impervious to
attack. Listen to a few words Jesus said about it:
love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting
to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and
wicked. (Luke 6:35, NIV)
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s
friends. (John 15:13, NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John
According to Jesus, love is the
strongest weapon we have in the spiritual battle. And there’s something
else: it is God’s weapon of choice as well.
Don’t you think the Creator of
the universe could defeat Satan by matching power for power, and
overcome the Evil One with brute force? Don’t you think that if He
amassed all of His angels and attacked Satan’s forces that He could
manage a victory?
And yet, according to these
verses, that is not His way. That is not His plan. He is up to
something altogether different. He brought a new order, a new Way, into
this world. It is absolutely not the way of force and brute strength.
It is the way of love—ultimate,
Pay attention to what He calls
us to: loving our enemies; doing good to them; being kind to the
ungrateful and wicked.
Look at what Jesus calls the
ultimate love: sacrificing yourself for your friends.
See what one thing motivated God
to give everything He had—even Himself—to die: love.
When God loves, it breaks the
strongholds of Satan in our world. Love overcomes all fear, all evil,
When we love, it does the same.
That’s why it is the ultimate secret weapon against all the evil in our
world. When we choose to love in the face of fear and hate, it flips
the script. It turns rules on its head. And in the process, love
invites God into the mix.
Let us teach our children to
love people, and not just the lovable but all those whom God places in
our way. And let’s do that by growing in love ourselves. We’ll find
that it’s anything but soft, and anything but weak.
God’s love in a darkened world
is the most powerful weapon we have.