Is Love Really Winning?
While “Love Wins” is plastered throughout every possible outlet, the question needs to be asked: Is love really winning?
Terror groups are threatening carnage.
Churches are being burned.
SCOTUS made a culture altering decision as those on both sides of the aisle debate ruthlessly.
Through attitudes-laced-with-hate, love must win. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus prayed for days such as these- days of confusion and division within our purpose as the church. What exactly did Jesus pray for? Glad you asked! He prayed for future followers (us!) to find unity in His purpose to be witnesses of His Kingdom (John 17:20-26).
Jesus did not pray for political policies to be changed. He prayed for the church, individually and collectively, that we would be His instruments of change- that we would lead by example through lifestyles that reflect His image and be one in His mission.
While the church is verbally and sometimes physically attacked, followers of Jesus cannot give into the hate that the world is currently exhibiting. Love must win.
Love must win as followers of Jesus take the responsibility to strengthen our homes with the fruits of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control- rather than the desires of our sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-23).
Love must win as followers of Jesus take the responsibility and the lead to help those in need.
Love must win as followers of Jesus take the responsibility of living lifestyles that exemplify the character of God.
Love must win as followers of Jesus take the responsibility of being as serious about personal integrity as we are about social justice.
Church, followers of Jesus, now is the time! Jesus prayed that on days as these we would be one in His mission- to reveal His love and truth. As the world looks at us, may they see the true heart of God who sent His Son into this world “not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).
Jesus is “the way, the truth, the life”; and the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Followers of Jesus, may the way we live guide the world towards the heart of God.
In the end, love will win.