Fight the Fight
Have you ever gotten in a fight? It never tends to have the best result, be that a real fight or just one that is playful. Usually, someone gets hurt in the end, if not physically, emotionally from the experience. A quote that comes to mind with relevance in this area, which I'm sure we've all heard before, is "violence is never the answer". In the Old Testament, we typically see a God who comes to the aid of His people, coming to the fight, fighting the enemy. In the New Testament, Jesus shows us that it's important to be people who defend our faith, but in a way that doesn't bring violence, but love. It's not always an easy task to act in love, but it's very important that as people of faith, we try to fight the good fight in a way that God would bless, using actions of love. How are you fighting the good fight?
Today's Reading states: 'Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under him. I will sing a new song to thee, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to thee, who givest victory to kings, who rescuest David thy servant' (Psalms 144:1-2, 9-10).
Today's reading talks about how God trains us for facing the wars of this world, physical, mental and spiritual. We are made to fight the good fight, defending our faith and values to the world. This doesn't mean to sit back and let everyone walk all over you and constantly put down your belief. It means being open-minded, firm in what you believe in and having a loving attitude towards all people. Sometimes, like sitting in a classroom that has a discussion where people put down your faith, you want to shout at them, turn to aggressive and angry behaviour. These are the moments where we need to take a breath, be calm and ask God to give us the wisdom and patience for handling the situation. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you to have wisdom when fighting the good fight through being loving.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know what it means to lovingly fight the good fight. give me strength and wisdom to use my actions and words to fight in a loving manner.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.