I have found myself over the years saying these words “LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE…and when you think you have LOVED enough LOVE SOME MORE!” I say them because they have UNLOCKED something in me and have become POWERFUL, DISARMING and HEALING.
Have you ever noticed that so often the enemy uses those closest to us to try and upset us and bring us down. He turns loved ones against loved ones, family against family and friend against friend. Over the years God has been teaching me to recognise the enemy in these situations and to NOT TAKE THE BAIT!
Sometime back I found myself in a very upsetting argument that had been brewing for months. One day I had my “winning speech” prepped (and it was good!) I had everything sorted…. I confronted them knowing this was the beginning of the end of my relationship with them and I was ready…
I took at deep breath and out of my mouth came the most incredible speech I have ever said… It went something like this… “I love you! I really love you! I am so sorry you feel this way but I want you to know that I am going to love love love love love you and the more you try to say things to upset me and make me angry, I am just going to LOVE YOU MORE! …. And then I left the room.
I walked around the corner and I stopped and said to myself and God…”What an earth was THAT! SERIOUSLY!” but I became so overwhelmed with the most incredible joy at what just took place and I felt like I had just been SET FREE. Still in complete shock that God just totally trumped my speech and replaced it with His, God showed me FIRSTHAND the POWER OF LOVE.
The Lord releasing His grace and reminding us that “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
You see God opened my eyes in that moment to realise, that it was not the person who I knew and loved standing before me at that time… NO it was the enemy using them against me! When I opened my mouth and released all that LOVE on them.. the enemy was COMPLETELY DISARMED! In fact I could feel the ATMOSPHERE SHIFT as I said these words and I believe that was because the enemy was running screaming back to hell!
“For 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.” Eph 6:10 NLT
God HEALED, God RESTORED and I knew from that moment that LOVE WAS MY BIGGEST WEAPON AGAINST THE ENEMY!
God gave me a lovely picture of people going around and placing love heart stickers on people… the more someone said unkind words to you the more stickers that you were placing on them, till it completely threw them off track and filled them with joy! I also saw people with slingshots that had love hearts in them and you were sending them a long distance. The love hearts went flying until they smacked into the people who you were aiming at! Just as they were trying to work out what hit them, another love heart hit them and another! The love hearts were getting bigger and bigger, squishier and softer and the person started catching them and laughing so much they became filled with so much love and joy! Haha, that makes me happy just thinking about it
HEALING! DISARMING! RESTORING! YES THAT IS WHAT LOVE DOES!
All through the bible God speaks to us about LOVE. The power of love and the importance of love. But He sums it up when He says in 1 Corinthians 13:13 ‘But the greatest of these is love’ That right there is a KEY for us to take a hold of! The GREATEST of these is LOVE and JESUS IS LOVE!
DISARM the power of the enemy over your work, church and family relationships and friendships today. Ask God to help you recognise the enemy and to teach you to NOT TAKE THE BAIT! Just take a deep breath and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE…and when you think you have LOVED enough LOVE SOME MORE!