Among the many tragedies in our country, one of the worst is the epidemic of spousal abuse. Sociologists are a bit puzzled at why this is happening on the scale it is occurring, but Christians see clear cause and effect. When pornography, misogynistic rap music and a forgetting of God-ordained roles for man and woman intersect, tragedy is bound to happen. Love protects. Love never harms. Love will protect even to the loss of the protector’s life. We read frequently of those who, in order to protect someone they love, give their own lives. As I write this, a young man of 19 gave his life in New Jersey to save his twin nine year old nephews from drowning. He saved the boys, but died from exhaustion and drowning in the attempt.
Monday…Let us remember the greatest example of love protecting others. Romans 5:8 reminds us that even while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus’ death on the cross protected us from the Pit, sin, death and condemnation. May we ever remember our great Protector who loves us!
Tuesday…Most men and women would gladly die for their spouses and children (grandchildren, too). Many people keep a firearm in the house in order to protect themselves and the ones they love. No objection here, but the Bible gathering dust on the shelf is also a powerful weapon that will protect from the most insidious enemy imaginable. Let’s remember to use our ‘swords’ out of love to protect those we love (Hebrews 4:12).
Wednesday…Henry Drummond wrote a book entitled, “The Strongest Thing in the World.” The thesis of the book is the fact that love is the strongest thing in the world. Love sends the soldier off to war; love sends the good cop into harm’s way; love sends the fireman into the burning house and love will send the Christian soldier into the harshest conditions imaginable in order to spread the Good News.
Thursday…When we think of ‘protecting’, we naturally think of protecting a person. Our faith also needs protection. Christianity is under fire all over the world. As I write this, I just received a prayer request from a friend of mine who ministers in Russia. The Russian government is now cracking down in unprecedented ways on Christians. I Peter 3:15 and II Timothy 2:15 are good verses to remind us that we need to love our faith and our Savior enough to protect them.
Friday…Love ALWAYS protects. Not occasionally, but always. We protect each other in the church. Loving each other as Christ loves us demands that we look out for each other. We stand with each other. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. We can thwart his evil plans by unconditionally loving each other and protecting each other.