“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” (II Corinthians 10: 4-5, New Living Translation)
If we are alert and caring, we likely feel we are being led to do battle, or at the very least to defend our values, our ideals, our right to peace and joy. It may seem that our fight is righteous, and, if we are led by good motives, it most likely is!
But, let’s listen carefully to Paul’s advice. It is God’s wisdom that can foil our enemy as nothing else can. For if we fight against hate and judgment and fear, but utilize these sentiments as our own weapons or as our reasons, we are only promoting the very thing we hope to destroy. And, we are clearly picking up weapons that have no real power at all!
Our motive and our method must come from Truth if we are to win the day as well as to achieve our own freedom—true peace of mind and peace in our experience. We must remember God and that our deepest desire is to know Him—to know goodness and Love, harmony and heaven. And, if we want the world to comply with this loving ideal, then it behooves us to tear down, not raise up, the obstacles to that awareness.
No, it isn’t easy. The bluster of evil seems stronger than the quiet voice of love and reason. But this small voice, when fueled and inspired by God’s purpose, is omnipotent. It has the ability, never found in the world’s “weapons,” to awaken, to soothe, to heal, to unify, and to bless one and all.
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