The Paradox of Love
The question arises, all the great revolutions have been fought with weapons, violence, and hate; how else can you win? You win with love. The world system is a depraved and very powerful system but still no match for the amazing revolution driven by love and grace that Jesus came to start. An example of the polarizing love of Christ can be seen in Acts chapters 3 and 4.
In Acts Chapter 3 Peter and John heal a cripple in the name of The lord Jesus. The man was surly an outcast for being crippled and looked down upon by most of the community. This is not much different from our society; we thrive on the weakness and shortcomings of others. In the Next chapter Peter and John are jailed for this mysterious healing act. When asked how the man was healed Peter replied,
8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Act 4:8-10 NIV
The charges that are brought upon peter and john are absurd. The two are being charged of committing a loving miraculous act. The astounding thing about this is that even while in jail peter and John are Joyful. This is indeed a paradox that is not easy to explain. Peter continues:
14But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16″What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. Act 4:14-16 NIV
After peter and John took a stand for Christ the Sanhedrin do not know how to react. They realize that no punishment can take place because the two men have done a righteous act. The public had witnessed this amazing act, so the Sanhedrin couldn’t even deny it. When bold actions are made for Christ’s love they will be powerful.
As you see, love is one of the greatest counteractions to the hate and filth of the world system.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… Philippians 1:27
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
I think the majority of people do the complete opposite of these verses. Most notably is that people usually consider others better than ones self. However this is usually for the wrong reasons. Many consider others better for the material possessions they have and out of selfish ambition try to match them. The key to the verse is to consider others better than you out of humility.