by Brandy Webb
“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Love is the most powerful gift from the Holy Spirit. It is above all other gifts (1 Cor 13:13). It is truly a superpower, and we all better possess it because if we don’t we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2). Those who do not love do not know God, because “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
I know I talk a lot about love, but to be honest, we all should. This world is full of so much hate, and it is our job to fight back with love. Love is light, and hate is darkness. Where there is light the dark can’t prevail. Therefore, we need to brighten up our lives with love to battle the hate that is out there.
I see a lot of hate going around. It is an election year, and it seems to bring the worst out of people. Don’t we realize that fighting hate with more hate isn’t going to work? We all know the old saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” However, it seems that as we get older we lose some sense of this when we face people that don’t agree with our opinions. Hateful people try to force others to agree with their opinions, and they are closed-minded to anyone who disagrees with them.
Hate can bring so much pain. Last week was horrific in Orlando, FL. It was awful to witness the destructive force of hate. However, despite how destructive hate can be, love is more powerful. When people join together and help each other to get through the darkness and into the light, it takes hate’s power away.
I know that this world isn’t going to get better until Jesus returns. I am not naïve. I do not believe in manmade utopian worlds. However, I am not going to sit back and let hate win. I want to have a superpower. I want to love. Love doesn’t force people to agree with them. Love doesn’t call people names that disagree with them. Love doesn’t spread hate. Love doesn’t seek getting its own way (1 Cor 13:5). In fact, love esteems others better than themselves (Phil 2:3), and “love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8).
When we love others, especially our enemies, we are being Christ-like in its purest form. We are being set apart. We are being true. We are using our superpower. So, become a genius and love, love, love.