“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” JRR Tolkien.
Watching the Olympic Games over the last few days, I’ve been amazed at the lengths athletes and their teams will go to in order to win a medal. The sacrifices made by the competitors are great – moving countries for a better training programme, training every day of the year, sacrificing time with their families and friends in order to push themselves that bit further.
Humans have an immense capacity to fight for what they believe in, for what they desperately desire and want to achieve. This can be seen in athletes getting up before dawn each morning to run, and in those who give over their lives to helping others, to fight for God’s love in a world which doesn’t always show it or want to see it.
Love shows itself in numerous forms – a sunset, a kind word, a generous action, gesture or motion. God is love and God’s love is worth fighting for. Sometimes the battle is great – the fight against poverty or injustice. And sometimes the fight is smaller, less obvious – against self-doubt, against a world which judges us by what we have rather than who we are.
God places different desires on different hearts. Some people fight injustice, others witness at work or school, others become up-front ministers. But the common denominator through all this is the desire and passion of these people to show God’s love, to fight for God’s love.
1 John 4:19 – “We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:8 – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God is love. Love created the world, love runs through the veins of all that has been, is and will be. Love.
That is worth fighting for.