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Ephesians 1: A Loving, Warrior God

Friday, July 22, 2016ephesians 1

Knowing that spiritual maturity comes with trusting God and following Jesus, we may want to turn to Paul’s letter to the community in Ephesus since this is a letter to a people who wish to be spiritual warriors.  It is a document which outlines how one is to follow a Loving, Warrior God.

When we find ourselves locked in battle with something evil, when we suddenly find that we are in a maze of darkness and deception, when fear grabs hold and there seems to be no method of loosening the grip of the pit that yawns below us . . . we must read the Letter to the Ephesians.

We know that we live in, of and for Christ when lies sting us.

We know that we live in, of and for Christ when deception frightens us.

We know that we live in, of and for Christ when hope is all we need to hang onto.

We know that we live in, of and for Christ when we pray for our enemies.

We know that we live in, of and for Christ when we are speechless in the face of the rejection of all that Christ is.

inchrist_1xAnd when we feel that we must engage the enemy, let us do so as Christ does: with words and gestures of openness and encouragement, with hearts vulnerable yet strong in Christ’s love.  We cannot block out or lock away the people or situations who mock all that Christ stands for; rather, when we become one with him – as his adopted siblings – we learn to extend a welcome to our enemies while at the same time arming ourselves with Christ’s truth, righteousness, faith and Spirit.  Against these there is no bulwark for this is how our God goes into battle:  With open arms, open heart, and a persistent, loving call to goodness.  This is a standard we will want to bear.  This flag of discipleship is one we will want to carry forward.  It is the banner of a Loving, Warrior God who takes no prisoners . . . and who leaves no injustice unanswered.

Adapted from a reflection written in November 17, 2009.

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