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There is one weapon many Christians do not consider when thinking about spiritual warfare, and that weapon is love. I’m not talking about the love we have for God because His son died for us; I’m talking about God’s love for us that infuses us with the ability to share it with our spouses, children, co-workers, peers and fellow church members.

A fight for the soul of a nonbeliever happens each time we come in contact with someone who has not confessed Christ as Savior and Lord. It is the light of God’s love shining in a dark area of the battle that leads someone into God’s waiting arms. We are the carriers of that light in every interaction with another person.

When we forgive a family member who consistently makes wrong choices and still offer him or her love as the Lord leads us, we give a glimpse of what God’s love is like. Each day we contend with the enemy of our souls to keep our marriages together. Only God’s love will help us not to act unbecoming towards our spouse or insist on our own way. Love — God’s love — flowing through us to those we encounter day in and day out is a steady assault against the wiles and plans of the enemy to keep someone from accepting the love and sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the cross. Being conduits of God’s love changes the nature of our being from selfish to selfless to the point we are not touchy or resentful because we don’t keep records of suffered wrongs.

The other weapons of our warfare that pull down strongholds are important. Each piece of armory is profitable and useful for the advancement of the kingdom. But it is love that will draw a frightened girl trying to escape from the sex slave trade wondering if she can trust the minister who wants to lead her into a relationship with Christ. Never failing components of love will wear down and conquer the untrusting fears of a person who believes he has been met with prejudice, rejection and betrayal all of his life. It is in accepting and being a carrier of God’s unfailing love that each believer yields our greatest weapon and attains ultimate victory in everyday spiritual warfare.

Scripture Of The Day: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

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