Love flourishes and grows in relational soil rich with trust. As long as sufficient trust is present in a relationship, love is likely to be healthy and resilient. But if trust erodes, love withers. Too much erosion and it dies.

Satan knows this. Which is why he works diligently, subtly, and insidiously to incite and encourage the erosion of our trust in one another. He wants to kill love.

Most Powerful Apologetic

Since God is love (1 John 4:7–8), it is no exaggeration to say that love is the greatest thing in the world. Love is the omnipotent cohesive core of intra-Trinitarian relations and the explosive impetus for the triune God putting his glory on display in creation (John [17:24]–26; John 1:1–3;Colossians [1:15]–17; John 15:9–10; [3:35]).

Love motivated the Father to initiate his plan to redeem lost, rebellious people (John [3:16]). Love motivated the Son to lay his life down for us (John [15:13]). Loving God and other people were the greatest commandments under the old covenant (Matthew [22:36]–40) and remain the greatest commandments under the new covenant (John [14:15];[15:12]).

Love is the single greatest distinguishing mark of a disciple of Jesus (John [13:35]). The one who is born of God and knows God loves (1 John 4:7). Love is the foremost fruit the Holy Spirit bears in us (Galatians [5:22]–23). Love is more excellent than any gift or miracle of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians [12:31]). It does not matter how spiritually gifted we are or how much we achieve or how much we sacrifice in Jesus’s name, if we do not have love, we are nothing andgain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Christ-like, sacrificial, forbearing, hopeful, enduring love is the greatest apologetic to the existence and nature of God on earth. It is more compelling than brilliant, well-reasoned arguments (which can be brilliantly countered) and more powerful than signs and wonders (which can be counterfeited —Matthew [24:24]). And any Spirit-filled Christian of any gender, ethnicity, social class, age demographic, intellectual capacity, or spiritual gifting can demonstrate love.

Christian love is the force most threatening to Satan’s kingdom and therefore what he seeks most to disarm and destroy.

Satan Takes Aim at Trust

But when Satan attempts to kill love, he frequently aims at trust. He knows better than we do how trust can affect love.

The more we trust someone, the easier it is for us to love him. We feel confident in and safe with those we trust, and we can bear with a lot of their idiosyncrasies, foibles, and even sinful stumbles. And we tend to be far more willing to receive correction from them.

But it’s harder for us to love someone when we lack trust in them. We are more guarded and prone to question their judgment. It’s far easier to see potentially serious moral issues lurking in their idiosyncrasies, foibles, and sinful stumbles, and we are much quicker to suspect sinister motives when they bring us correction. A trust deficit usually results in strained relational distance, and broken trust usually results in a broken relationship.

Written by Jon Bloom  

Full article at Desiring God  

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