The Power of Love
As wonderful as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season can be… it can also become a time of added stress. Among our friends and loved ones, most of us encounter at least one or two difficult people who seem to rip our peace right out from under us the minute they walk through the door.
What do you do when that happens―especially when it’s someone close to you? The Bible tells us that God’s love is our secret weapon.
God’s Love is Patient
It’s important to remember that the problem isn’t the person who is trying to steal your peace. Ephesians 6:12 says, We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We all know good people with bad baggage. I believe that the spirit of fear is often behind the anxiety and torment people carry in their lives. When their baggage begins to influence your world, your responsibility is to be like God. You can be a demonstration of God’s love by remembering that the love of God can remove the junk out of their life.
God’s Love is Powerful
The Bible says in 1 John 4:7,8 that God is love, and everyone who knows Him knows love. That means the words God and love are synonymous. Take 1 John 4:18, for example, which says, Perfect love casts out fear. You could exchange the word love for God and then it would say: God casts out fear.
If God is the highest power of all powers and it takes His love to get rid of fear, think about how powerful fear can be. Then it’s easy to see how it keeps people in bondage. But the love of God is more powerful than anything. It can calm any situation and bring peace and hope instead.
When you understand the power of love and ask God to pour it out through you to those around you, you can become a bridge over troubled waters. This holiday season, I encourage you to pull out your secret weapon of love.