One of Satan’s greatest tactics is to deceive us into thinking we have the right to be offended. He wants us to believe that it’s okay to be angry, accuse others, hold on to grudges, and be unwilling to forgive. He is known as the great accuser, and if he can get God’s children to act like him, rather than as sons and daughters of God, he triumphs. Jesus warned us that offences will come, so the question shouldn’t be will we get offended, but rather, what will we do with the offences when they come? I believe that’s why God commands us to walk in love. He doesn’t give us an option because He knows we will have plenty of opportunities to be hurt and offended. If we allow bitterness to take root in us, Satan wins the battle.
On the day of our salvation we were conscripted into an army – the army of the Lord. Whether we realize it or not, we entered into a spiritual war and we have an enemy who would like nothing more than to destroy us and separate us from God. Although we have the assurance that in the end, God binds the enemy and we win the war, it’s in the day-to-day battles that many Christians struggle. That battle is for our devotion. God and Satan both desire that we do their will. Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will. 2Tim 2:26 HCSB
The only way the devil can succeed is to get an advantage over us. Despite what many believe, he is not a superior opponent, he is just good at deceiving us into thinking so. (Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2Cor 2:11 KJV). I think the problem is that we are not always aware of what is going on in the spiritual realm. We need to be aware of what’s happening in our life, and know the Word of God so that we can fight skillfully. God has given us clear instructions in His Word on how to live an overcoming and victorious life. He has made available to us the spiritual weapons necessary to defeat the enemy in, but we have to get in the fight, and understand the enemy’s devices.
Although it can be difficult, it’s not impossible to walk in love and forgiveness. Jesus is our ultimate example, and if He could do it, so can we. He was tempted in every area (as man; not deity) as we are, and yet, He didn’t sin. Walking in love simply means being benevolent, which is a God-kind of love that desires the highest and best for others. It is easier to live this way when we think more highly of each other, honouring one another like the Word exhorts us to. So when opportunity arises, let’s walk in love, or benevolence, because if we walk by our human feelings and emotions, we will fail.
We must be devoted to walk in the commands of Jesus, for this is our greatest weapon. Let’s be just as committed to walk this Christian life out as Satan is to cause our downfall. When we obey the Word and Spirit of God, no matter how we feel or what we see, a protective hedge will encompass us. The enemy will not be able to get an advantage over us, and we will live as an overcomer!