The real weapons of war.

Scripture:
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  – 2 Corinthians 10:4

Observation:
Paul defended his apostolic authority to the congregation in Corinth. He didn’t need to do so, but he did to dispel any confusion as to the authority of the position he held. It was given to him by God and not man. He explained his authority through the power of the Spirit and said that what he did as an apostle was with God’s weapons, not man’s weapons, to tear down the stumbling blocks of human reasoning and false arguments.

Application:
We read of Paul’s statement of using God’s weapons not human instruments of war to wage battle against false arguments and human reasoning. We have to remember Paul’s other writings in that God’s ways are not our ways (human) and are far above our abilities (Romans 11:33-35) and to recall from his Ephesian letter that the armor of God is salvation, righteousness, truth, gospel of peace, faith, and the Word of God. We don’t wrestle against humans but demonic forces.

In addition to all these things, the greatest weapon of God is love. How can I say this? Because God so LOVED the world that he gave his only Son to die on a cross for humanity and raised him from the dead that whoever would believe (solely trust and rely upon) him would not perish (spend eternity in a demon’s hell) but have everlasting life in Jesus. For the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus the Anointed, our Lord.

Jesus taught us that when people beat on you, hate you, wrong you, and all out destroy you to love them and heap coals of ash on their heads to their shame. No one can stop you from loving them even when they’re out to destroy you. Love conquers all! It’s plain and simple. Yes, arm yourself with God’s armor that you may be able to withstand the attacks of the demonic world, but take up love and freely give it to all – those who love you and those who hate you. Jesus taught that loving those able to love you back can be done even by sinners, but to love those who can’t love you back exhibits the heart and mind of our Father.

When we are faced with false arguments or human reasoning that is contrary to God, trying to defend God or our faith in like manner is an exercise in futility. The best practice is to just love them and allow the Spirit of God to share his love in and through you by speaking what he gives you in the moment, as did Peter before the Sanhedrin that led his flogging and by Stephen before the Sanhedrin that led to his death by stoning and authorized by Saul, who became the apostle Paul.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for teaching us that love is the greatest weapon in the universe. Not only does it cover a multitude of sins, but it releases us from obligation to those trying to destroy us. Love allows us to face death in the face and know that should we lose our lives by serving you and others in love (the greatest commandments), we will see you on the other side of this life in eternity. I give my life in service to you because I love you. I will love others as I love myself. Love will empower me to stand against those who attack me with human understanding and false arguments,  but through you, For God is love, I can do all things and overcome all things. Thank you again, Dad. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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