The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. (2 Cor. 10:4)
Expanded Passage: 2 Corinthians 10:3–6
Historians Will and Ariel Durant made the claim that, of 3,400 years of written history, only 168 were free of war. Violent conflict has been a human reality since humanity began. War is used as a solution to resolve conflicts. However, war doesn’t really solve conflict—it just redirects it. No matter how sophisticated or rudimentary the weapons, war’s outcome is temporary peace with more conflicts guaranteed to follow.
Paul understood that human conflict simply produces more conflict. His solution called upon the highest weapon available—supernatural force. Conflict stems from sin, and sin comes in the form of multiple strongholds. Strongholds such as fear, deceit, jealousy, and the like are no match against God’s divine power. The ultimate stronghold—the rejection of God—can only be fought against by the Holy Spirit. Paul knew that it is pointless to use mere human effort to convince people to accept Christ and submit to his ways. But God’s power to fight strongholds is unleashed when his followers stop using their own “weapons,” and instead rely on the Spirit.
As long as humanity walks the earth, war and conflict will continue to be a reality. But Christ followers have a better solution than waging war. Instead of being stuck in the endless cycle of battles, we have the gift of God’s divine strength to love, and to eliminate conflict.
Ask for God's divine strength to empower you to respond to the world with love.
Carla Working is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. She serves as the Crossroads District’s chief operations officer (Indiana) and co-pastors with her husband.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.