Jesus Love Protects
Love protects – what does that look like?
For the purpose of these studies, I am going to focus on the particular characteristic of love found in 1 Cor 13 V 7, and that is protection. In these topical studies on love protects, we will look at some examples of the following Bible characters that protected the people who they were given authority over:
Deborah and Jael
Naaman’s servant girl
2 Unnamed women in the book of Judges and 2nd Samuel
Let’s have a look at Jesus first as he is always our prime example.
Ex 15:3 calls the Lord a man of war, there are many references in the Scripture throughout the Old and New Testaments that show the example of Jesus, and how we can apply those principles to our own lives. The references to the Lord (God) are the same as Jesus because they are one.
Jesus always protects, He administers justice faithfully, (Is 42:1 -3) He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will persevere till he has established justice.
What will it look like when Jesus administers his justice on the earth? According to Isaiah 42:6, He promises those who he has called in righteousness, that he will hold them by their hand, then in V 7 it goes on to say that he will open blind eyes, (this will be true both in the physical realm and the spiritual realm), he will bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who dwell in darkness from the prison, and V 13 promises that the Lord will go forth like a warrior and prevail against his enemies.
Jesus was the ultimate warrior enduring to the end of his mission here on earth, serving as a Lamb, paying the price so that the lost and broken-hearted, oppressed, orphaned, poor and weak could be set free and be reconciled to the Father. Jesus spoke to hearts, he asked questions like what do you want? Do you want to be made whole?
How does this apply to us today? We are living in a new covenant, different from the examples from the Old Testament. They faced a physical battle, but our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephe 6:12)
We are required to stand & contend and unlike the religious people in the story of the Good Samaritan who didn’t display love. We can’t ignore and choose not to see or hear the broken hurting people around us.
God listens to what concerns us, what we sigh and groan in our spirits about, what we bring before him in prayer. Revelation 5:8 says that our prayers are the incense that fill the golden bowls in heaven … with promises like that found in the Word of God we have the confidence to go to prayer, to partner with God to protect those in need, to make declarations of the goodness of God and exert authority and overcome all the works of the enemy .
Read Rev 19:11-21 what can you learn from this image of Jesus and how it relates to you, as you war in the spirit?
Look at the actions of Jesus, protecting the world from evil at the end, how does this change your perspective of warring in the spirit and increase your faith?
Read Is 42:6-7, then pray and ask the Holy Spirit “What are the areas of my life (in Jesus name) are you calling me called to open blind eyes, free the prisoners, and prevail against the enemy? Where are you wanting me to partner with you and what you are doing on the earth?”