Questioning Tuesday (delayed)

Growing up I learned quickly that being the only girl in a group of boys I needed to fight for what I wanted. In my neighborhood, it was fight or you played boy games. That’s probably a good reason as to why I grew into being a tomboy because most of the time I wouldn’t fight for what I wanted. However I do remember one distinct time I fought another boy in our neighborhood. I’m not talking about a word battle with several “your moms” thrown in. No, I’m talking fists, scratches, and a couple of bloody noses. My dad was proud of me for standing up for myself and my mom was embarrassed by my behavior I am sure.

As a Christian, there’s a fine line in not picking a fight with the enemy but not running away from a fight you’ve been picked to fight. The moment the fight picks you, you’d better be ready to stand and go to battle. So often I like to fight the enemy like the enemy does. I like to make snapping comments, let my frustrations build, and ultimately the battle is won because I no longer resemble the creation in God’s image. That’s what the enemy wants, for relationships to crumble, for bitterness and strife to be sustained, and ultimately for God’s creation to no longer resemble the Creator. Spiritual warfare isn’t about the person (or people that seem to be attacking you) it is about the enemy, the principalities influencing.

How can you, as a believer, as a reflection of the Creator, show love in the fight? How can you reassess your attitude, your approach, your actions, or your relationship with another person in order to reflect your Creator instead of your destroyer?

For the Lord your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.-Deuteronomy 20:4

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