Conspiracy of Love

Just a thought . . .

Are there evil conspiracies in the world? Sure. As far as you can see from left to right, there’s no end of groups who want to control other groups. People of all backgrounds can be corrupted by a thirst for power, and become motivated by fear and hate, just as they’ve been for millennia. But remember, that corruption is enemy territory. Unless God is leading you by the hand through there, the longer you stare into the dark, the more you’re training your mind to look for what’s wrong in others, and the more you’re conditioning your heart to distrust everyone, and judge everything they do.

If it’s genuinely your job to deal with what goes on in the dark, from law enforcement to counseling, you need to be intentional and disciplined about spending as much time in the light of God’s grace, truth, hope, joy, and love as possible. You need to make the “think on these things” verses of Philippians 4:4-9 part of your personal vision statement. And if it’s not your job, you should ask yourself why you keep going there. Are you motivated by love, or by fear? If we forget the Great Commandment to love, the Great Commission decays into religious administration, rather than opening doors to relationship with Jesus Christ. We need to remember the Gospel is still “good news” for all people, not a political manifesto separating “us” from “them.”

There are examples of the enemy’s plots being exposed, both in the Bible, and in our lives. Paul’s escape from a conspiracy to kill him is a good example (Acts 23). I’m not saying you should be ignorant. I’m saying you should keep your heart, head, and hands innocent. Understand this: what you focus on, you become. In other words, whatever gets most of your attention will shape your worldview, until you look more like a version of what you hate, rather than who God says you can be.

These are longer passages of scripture, but I encourage you to read them thoughtfully, until the greatest conspiracy you’re aware of is heaven’s grand plan for you to live positively, purposefully, and powerfully:

“Bless those who persecute you. Yes, bless them, rather than cursing them. Don’t become arrogant, thinking you’re better than others who haven’t had your experiences, or don’t yet have what you’ve been blessed with. Rejoice with those who are celebrating, and weep with those who are grieving, no matter who they are. Don’t let yourself think you know it all.

Never react to evil with more evil. Vindication is God’s area. You need to focus on relating to everyone with honor, and doing all you can to live in peace with them. Don’t hold grudges, but rather look for opportunities to do good.

If your enemies are hungry and thirsty, bless them with food and drink. It’s a way of sharing the light and warmth of your own fire.

Don’t let evil overcome you. Instead, live your life overcoming evil with good” (Romans 12:14-21, paraphrase).

“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things” (Philippians 4:6-9, TPT).

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