Love is the Christian’s weapon. It is Christ’s weapon against darkness, it is our weapon as well.
It is the only weapon that heals when it pierces, that embraces when it attacks. In love, we gain when we give, we are freed when we lock arms. In love, we find ourselves when we lose ourselves, we rise when we fall, and in love, when we surrender we win.
Love is easily said but difficult to show for we love the thought of it more than the practice. We love the idea of patience and tolerance yet are impatient and intolerant of those who irritate or inconvenience us. We like the thought of kindness but can’t be bothered to discipline our lifestyles to show more service. We like the idea of complete acceptance, of forgiveness, yet always have a valid reason not to forgive. We claim true love when we love foolishly yet forget that love rejoices in the truth and does not delight in evil – how can it be true when its foundation is a lie?
And like with everything in life, it is the practice of a truth that transforms is not merely the idea of it.
Love needs to be guided by theology, because love is authored by God. It is not a cheap, loosely defined word, but a powerful motivation.
But love must not be stifled by theology, then that theology is not of God for God is love. To know Him more is to know love more, true love at least.