Here’s an acoustic version of today’s #MusicMonday song from Hillsong United, called “Love Is War.” Take a listen below:
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I’m really a fan of the imagery that we will fight to follow Jesus. It’s definitely unique; I can’t think of the last time I described my relationship with Jesus as a fight. But I do like that this song reminds me in a lot of ways that following Jesus involves struggle, and that’s okay. That’s a part of it. I once heard someone say that when we feel like we are struggling against sin in our lives and trying to break habits and patterns and stuff we’ve always done that the struggle is actually a good thing. It represents that we are resisting the devil. We are fighting our sin nature. We are refusing to let the pattern of a broken world and spiritual forces of darkness bring us down. We’re keeping our hearts and minds set on the stuff above, and even when it’s a struggle, we are keeping our eyes on the prize and on what’s worth fighting for.
The bridge of this song is also key. We draw our strength for the struggle from the gospel story and Jesus’ work. He died to obtain forgiveness for us and restore our relationship with God. Then, he rose from the grave and granted us the power of God to discover new life… not just when we pass away from this world, but for here and now. It’s from the power of God at work here that we draw spiritual strength for our struggle and for our fight in the moments when we find it difficult to follow Jesus.
So today, if you feel like you are struggling or feel like temptation is too great, I pray you find hope. Love is war. Oftentimes, the struggle indicates that we might be on to something.