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The Banner of Love

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“He brought me to the banqueting house and his banner over me was love.”

I am amazed at the outpouring of love that is going on in our nation right now.  People of all ages, races, genders and beliefs are coming together to help one another, united in the common bond of love.  Evidencing that when it comes right down to it, nothing really matters but love.  Song of Solomon 2:4 says, “He brought me to the banqueting house and his banner over me was love.”  The Amplified Bible reads, “For love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him.”  A banner is waved before an enemy when going into battle.  It always has some type of emblem to represent those who march under it.  It shows the enemy the strength of who is coming against them and represents what the people stand for who march under that banner.   The emblem of God’s banner is love.  It is the true banner of mankind.  It is innate in our very being.  That truth is being evidenced today right before our eyes.  We were created in God’s image (love) to love one another.  A banner also represents protection.  Isaiah 59:19 tells us, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”  When the enemy comes in as a flood against mankind, God waves the banner of his love over his people and puts forth the full measure of his power behind it.  The full measure of God’s power is his love.   God did not send the rains or the flood, but in his mercy, he sends us the power of his love to overcome them.  God did not do this, but his love will get us through this.  We are the bearers of God’s banner.  It is God’s love in us that overcomes all evil that rises up against us.  If we can see past the physical devastation in front of us, we will see what I believe God wants us to see, what we all desperately need to see.  We will see that it is love, not hate, that ensures our survival.

It is raining love right now!  I say let it pour! Let it rise up higher than the waters of any flood, especially the flood of hate that threatens to drown us all.  Let us see the power of love!  Let us all fight under its banner against the common enemy of man, who marches beneath the banner of hate.  I don’t know about everyone else, but that is not the banner I want to wave.  I pray that we will see the truth that God is showing us right now.  It is not hate that helps its neighbor.  It is not hate that causes a person to sacrifice their life for another.  It is not hate that unites us as human beings.  It is not hate that reaches out its hand to the needy and provides shelter from the storm.  Hate is not the banner of mankind!  When a person is drowning, people do not care if the hand that reaches out to save them is black or white or male or female or democrat or republican. Those things cease to matter.  Neither does the person who is reaching out their hand to save another care about those things.  The life of their fellow man is all that matters.   Romans 12:21 warns, “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  It is our choice to make.  We either overcome evil with love, or it overcomes us.  We must decide which banner we  want to uphold.  The enemy has indeed come in as a storm, but God has raised the banner of his love high for him to see as a reminder to him as well as us, “Hate will never conquer love.”  Psalm 29:10 assures us, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood.”  No flood, whether it be of natural disaster or the hate of man, will ever drown the love of God.

We are all in this thing called life together.  Throughout our lifetime each of us will be faced with a series of choices that will write the script of our lives.  A choice made one moment in time can change the outcome of our destiny and the destiny of mankind.  I think God has placed a moment in time before us all right now, to pause and remember whose image we are created in and to choose if we are going to walk beneath the banner of hate or the banner of love.  The choice is always ours.  I have noticed we’re not seeing much talk of riots and rights and bitterness and strife right now.  It all seems rather small in comparison to the enormity of the suffering we are witnessing of our fellow man.  Maybe that’s what God wants us all to realize.  Love is big, hate is small.  There is “a moment in time for each of us where choice and destiny kiss, one moment in a lifetime, for such a time as this.”   “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19). To choose life is to choose love.  “Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10).  In the words of a very popular Beatles song, “All we need is love, all we need is love, all we need is love, love.  Love is all we need!”

ONE MOMENT IN TIME

There are moments in time for each of us before the fulness of time has come
where all the moments in our lives combine and become one
Moments in time prepared for us and us prepared for that time
the script of our lives await us to be written line-by-line
A choice within one moment for each of us exists
as each of us awaits their time for such a time as this
Time lingers in one moment as every moment in time
someone makes a choice and a destiny is defined
There within the heart as we balance right from wrong
time waits for our answer before the moment is gone
And with that one choice, in the answer that it holds
the script of a life is written, its pages to unfold
Moments in time surround us with choices to be made
each one holds the future and each one writes a page
Our lives consist of moments and each one leads the way
as the moments of tomorrow follow the choice of yesterday
So many moments in a lifetime where choice and destiny kiss
One lifetime of preparation for such a time as this

(Ester 4:14 – “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”)

 

 

 

 

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