“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph. 3:17b-19 (NIV)
We’ve spent the last couple of weeks examining our spiritual armor that enables us to engage in spiritual warfare. But before we leave this topic, I want to address one final important factor…our character as we wear the armor.
The fact is…we can put on our spiritual armor and wield the sword of the Spirit with the wrong motivation.
We can engage in spiritual warfare out of a desire to prove ourselves…
We can fight the battle out of anger…to gain revenge…or out of other selfish motives.
Paul gives us the only motivation that should motivate us in spiritual warfare…love.
It sounds strange that our motivation in war should be love, but after all, God is love.
I don’t mean love for Satan and his demonic army.
I mean love for those who are controlled by Satan and his demonic horde.
We must not let our personal feelings of hurt and pain drive us in our battle against those who oppose us.
We must be rooted and established in love.
We become rooted in love when we remember that it was Christ’s love that saved us…His grace that spared us from receiving the penalty for our sin.
We are able to wear the spiritual armor because of His sacrificial love for us.
Therefore, we have no right to use our spiritual armor for our own benefit.
We have no right to carry out our own crusades.
We are to put on the armor and stand where God places us.
We are to fight the foes that God brings into our path…fight them with an underlying love for them since they are under the control of the same master who once controlled us.
We fight for Him…to bring others to Him.
And as we do…we will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Prayer: Lord help me to fight my spiritual battles with love for those You bring against me.”