For I know and rely on the love God has for me…” [1 John 4:16]

Have you ever noticed that no one wins as long as everyone involved is fighting?  Whether it’s the noise of shouting, shooting, slamming doors, cursing or controlled manipulation we’ve all been there in some measure.  It’s a power struggle that escalates at an alarming rate just because someone wants to prove they are right.  No one wins!

The struggle is coming to grips with the reality that I am not right – unless I am reflecting the righteousness of Christ.  His righteousness was expressed when He hung on the Cross-, dying and giving up His right to be right.  Once we have won this battle of ‘self’ in our own souls, we no longer struggle for power; but we live in the power of God!

Life is not fair, just or equal; get over it!  But do so by relying on this great Love that God has for us. “It is the weapon of God – not a secret weapon, but a weapon openly displayed at Calvary.  Love means deliberate self-limitation; we deliberately identify ourselves with the interests of our Lord in everything.” [Oswald Chambers]

When Christ returns, He will do so as the King of Kings – the one who has defeated every foe.  He won’t enter by shouting, shooting or controlled manipulation.  He was the Victor at Calvary, He has won the battle and in doing so revealed the way we should live.  He has shed His love abroad in our hearts and will teach us how to walk in it, in quietness and confidence and win over every warring spirit.  “Nobody will know what you mean by saying that ‘God is love’ unless you act it as well” [Lawrence Pearsall Jacks].

Further reading:    Psalm 54, 1 John 4