Put on the whole amour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11)
My next thought was, Oh, but I kind of like that idea...the amour of God.
You don't have to know a lot of French to know that amour means love. While amour often suggests an illicit or sexual love affair, it is also used to describe being madly or wildly in love. It comes from the Latin word, amor, which translates to "love" in many of the Romance (Latin) languages, including Spanish and Italian.
So it actually makes sense to say that if we put on the whole "amor" or love of God, that we will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, doesn't it? Think about it...
When we get up in the morning, instead of complaining that we're tired, or overworked, or rushed or late...what if we instead talked to God? "God, I'm trusting in You to get me through this difficult day today. God, help me to be an encouragement to someone today. God, fill me with your grace to overlook my boss' snide remarks. God, I want to be like Jesus today and forgive those who persecute me, those who mock me and those who generally dislike me. I love you Jesus."
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (Phil 2:10)
Matthew 8:28-34 gives an account of two demon-possessed men who were so violent that they lived in cave and no one could come near. They came out when Jesus came near and cried out, "Have you come here to torment us before the time?" The demons begged Jesus, "If you are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine."
Most of us have heard this passage and have been taught on the part that follows-the part where Jesus commands the demons to enter the herd of swine (with one word-'Go!') and the stupid pigs all ran into the water and drowned. The men were completely delivered.
But notice this: The men didn't ask to be delivered and Jesus didn't come specifically to deliver them. The demons recognized Jesus. They bowed. His Presence is that powerful, and so is His name. But He came in love. He didn't come prepared to do battle.
Of course, we ought to follow the instructions in Ephesians 6 about putting on the whole armor of God. There is a very real spiritual battle going on in the unseen heavenlies, and there are times when we need to do battle. But I think that there is something to be said for putting on the whole "amor" of God as well. I think a lot of battles can be fought with love. No need to cast out or press in...sometimes all that is required is love. Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers over a multitude of sins (1Peter 4:8).
Blessings Along the Path as you clothe yourselves with Love,
Song of the Day
All You Need is Love (The Beatles)