On a daily basis, each one of us will have the opportunity to face conflict in some shape or form. Whether it is a situational conflict, a conflict with a family member, close friend, or co-worker, or even a random person we encounter while we are "out and about", we will come face-to-face with disagreement, strife, a collision of feelings, or incompatibility. We will experience situations when others will be just plain-old evil to us, hurt us, talk about us, and betray us. And how will we fight back?
For most of us, when we face a conflict or have been hurt by others, we resort to our "worldly" weapons of war to fight back:
~curse/cuss someone out
~physically strike someone (the nice way of saying "fight" them)
~seek revenge by doing unto them what they did unto us, or worse
~ignore the person
~lose our tempers
~become dejected and depressed
~build up resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness
But our Lord and His Word tells us that the weapons that we should be utilizing each day to combat these conflicts and battles, SHOULD NOT be these type of worldly weapons. Instead, we should be picking-up and wielding the mighty weapons of God; the ones that have the divine and utmost power to demolish strongholds and any and everything that may come at us (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Quite often you and I actually forget that most of these battles that we are encountering are not truly conflicts and betrayal by the physical person(s) that we are "seeing" before us. The Bible reminds us that "we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). And it is for THIS REASON, they must need to stop resorting to earthly and worldly weapons of battle, when our REAL battle is in the spiritual realm: God's weapons are in order now!
We need to utilize the correct and appropriate tools for the appropriate situations. If you are called to be the Chef for the evening in your house, would you take out a comb, brush, hair gel, and a blown dryer? No! You'd have a cutting board, a chef's knife, a whisk, a bowl, etc... If you are a doctor, do you carry a wrench, a hammer, and a level around your waist, or would you most likely tote a stethoscope, otoscope, and tongue depressor?
My point is this...if we want to win our battles, if we want to experience a true and lasting victory, we need to bring our "A-game" and carry the MOST USEFUL and APPROPRIATE tools of battle for the type of battle we are truly fighting.
So, what are God's MIGHTY (and to some of us, "unlikely") weapons of warfare?:
- HIS WORD
- & MORE LOVE
I know...for some of us, these weapons seem "weak" and maybe difficult to stomach at first. The last thing that your flesh may desire to do after being incensed or hurt is to show love to that someone, and forget about the forgiving part! But it is God's will, way, and plan for us, so that we may experience sincere victory and peace in our lives. In the end, wielding love, forgiveness, prayer, praise, faith, and His word, will keep us more healthy and "free and clear" from soul contamination and the unnecessary baggage that resentment, revenge, bitterness, unforgiveness, unresolved anger could actually bring upon us.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. ~Romans 12:18
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. ~Romans 12:19
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. ~Proverbs 20:22
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. ~John 13:34
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:32
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. ~Luke 6:28
I DARE YOU to battle HIS WAY...show love to that fool that insulted you, forgive that man that betrayed you, pray for that chick that continues to slander you, praise God for all that IS going right in your life, have faith that He will correct all the wrong that you have suffered, focus and meditate on His Word when faced with conflict, remembering His love and His will for your life, & love, love, love some more!
YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!