An Army Of Love

In 2002, God provided the opportunity for me to work more closely with the teens in Christian theatre company. These kids were ministering to kids in public schools throughout Minnesota as well as a few other states in the upper midwest. They were tackling tough topics such as teen suicide, depression, abstinence, drug abuse, abortion, etc. As you can imagine, there would be quite a bit of spiritual warfare going on... there always is....

As these kids would open up their hearts to me, I would hear the same themes over and over again... no matter how "together" they seemed. Fear, inadequacy, loneliness, isolation..., feeling unloved and unlovable, the feeling that they had no true friends, positive that if anyone knew the "truth" about them, they would be kicked in the face and left lying on the ground... abandoned.

This all sounded strikingly familiar. It was me...
And as I listened carefully, I realized that no matter how much we try to hide it, it is all of us. Every single one of us. Abandonment. It should not surprise us in the least. We bought into the lie of the enemy... that God was withholding something good from us. God was "using" us. God was trying to "keep us down". We listened to the wrong voice with the end result of separation from God. "See!" The enemy taunts us, "I told you so! You've been abandoned, just like I said!" causing us to easily forget that God didn't abandon us, we abandoned him.

My heart ached as I watched these teens struggle with these feelings of abandonment. My heart ached as I thought about how we all believe ourselves to be the only one who battles with these emotions but in reality... we're all in the same boat ... we just don't often realize it.

During this time, I realized God does NOT want us to walk alone. You will note that Jesus does not go to the Garden of Gethsemene alone. He takes his friends along with him. He tells them to wait while he goes and prays but then, he has Peter, James and John come along with him and he opens up his heart and says "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Matthew 26:38.

Personally, I think Jesus did this because he wanted to/needed to be with his friends. This does not suggest that our friends are a substitute for or above God! There came a moment when Jesus had to move beyond his friends and be alone with God.

Our friends are not a substitute for God but far too often we fail to realize that God manifests himself and ministers to us through our friends. God did NOT create us to walk alone. He said it wasn't good to do so. Often those verses are only applied to marriage but I believe they apply not only to the marriage relationship but to family and friendship as well.

During that time, a song called Army of Love by a group called "Jake" was playing on a number of Christian radio stations. I remember how as I listened to it, I came to the realization of how sly the enemy can be. The enemy takes truth, such as God fulfills all of our needs but bends it slightly, causing us to believe that to take a hold of the extended hands of our friends means that we are removing our hands from God’s. This is a tragedy for God did not design us to live in isolation rather He designed us to live in fellowship with both Him as well as with one another.

I believe many Christians suffer deep internal wounds needlessly because although they may give out love, they fail to open themselves up to receive it from others. When I have dared to open up my heart and receive love from my friends, when I have watched my friends dare to do the same, I have watched our lives be transformed and healing begin to take place. We must not only learn to give love, we must also learn to receive it.

Army of Love
Oh---
Nothing to say, so far away
Talking to you
You say I can never understand
What you've been through, oh---
(You can't go on) You can't go on like this anymore
(That's what love is for) Don't you know that
That's what love is for

Like an arrow through your heart
Like a fire in the dark
We are an army of love
We are not the enemy
We are here to set you free
We are an army of love

So stay on the line, you know that I
Can be here for you, oh---
Love is on the way, you can feel that change
Is happening to you, yeah---
(Don't be afraid) Don't be afraid to just
Let love invade your soul
(Time to let it go) Don't you know it's time to let it go

Like an arrow through your heart
Like a fire in the dark
We are an army of love
We are not the enemy
We are here to set you free
We are an army of love

Over land and over sea
Taking over you and me
We are an army of love
You've got to open up your heart
Don't you know that you're a part
Part of the army of love
Oh---yeah

C'mon
Like an arrow through your heart
Like a fire in the dark
We are an army of love
We are not the enemy
We are here to set you free
We are an army of love

Over land and over sea
Taking over you and me
We are an army of love
You've got to open up your heart
Don't you know that you're a part
Part of the army of love

Oh yeah---
We are an army of love
We are not the enemy
We are here to set you free
We are an army of love

Blessings!

K :princess:

@bethy
Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

Ohh K amen and amen.

K you said...[quote]I believe many Christians suffer deep internal wounds needlessly because although they may give out love, they fail to open themselves up to receive it from others. [/quote] ... You have no idea how true those words are for me. But the fear of abandonment, or the fear of repeat abandonment can hold us back from every good thing that God has for us.
Thank God and praise his name for friends who never give up on us. And for a God who teaches us how to receive.

beth

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