As I was in an attitude of prayer yesterday, I saw a picture in my mind of the huge spiritual war that is going on around us. I could see the chaos and explosions, with shrapnel flying around everywhere and casualties occurring.
And it’s real. Satan is working destruction, taking carefully aimed shots, lobbing bombs, battering down defenses. Everything we see that is negative is his work. When people have bad attitudes, it’s his work. When they are insecure, it’s his work.
It’s important to remember that we have a part it this. We make choices. Any time we allow our fear to shape what we do, we are working with Satan. The same is true when we give into resentment, or selfishness, or pride.
So often we act out of our emotional damage, out of the insecurities, the buried hurts, the secret gaping wounds. We behave like wounded children, retreating in mistrust, or unintentionally lashing out. We don’t see that we hurt each other, and are hurt in return, and then we feel more damaged, so we hurt again.
The only way to stop the cycle is to be like Jesus and not retaliate, to do good to others when they do bad to you, to say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Because people really do NOT know what they do. They are acting out of deep hurts and insecurities.
The only way to BUILD instead of destroy is to strive for our actions to be motivated by love, faith and reverence for God. Every time we practice these we create a better world.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. II Cor 10:3-4
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. I Peter 2:23
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:4