February 13
Love is a war
Diana Kerr

The day before Valentine’s Day you’re probably expecting a classic lovey Bible passage for the devotion, such as “Love is patient, love is kind . . .”

How about this instead? Love is a war. “It sure is,” you might be thinking. “You should have heard the fight I had with my spouse last night.”

I don’t mean you’re at war against your spouse, though. No, you’re at war alongside your spouse. Because Satan is the enemy.

Paul reminds us of this truth in Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Adopt this mind-set shift and suddenly your battle changes. With this perspective, you’re able to view the petty arguments with your spouse for what they truly are—an attack by the devil. Are you going to allow him to damage your faith and your marriage without putting up a fight? I hope not.

Thankfully, Paul goes on in verses 13 to 17 to give you advice for battle: “Put on the full armor of God,” have “the belt of truth buckled around your waist,” “take up the shield of faith,” and “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

See the battles in your marriage for what they truly are, and make sure you’re equipped to fight and overcome them together.


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