Love always protects. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Love gives a sense of security to its objects of affection. There is a deep desire to protect from physical harm and to keep from emotional injury. Love looks out for the best interest of those it shares intimacy with. It is like a trusted big brother who will not allow a younger sibling to be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous individual. Love serves as a scout who goes ahead of a loved one and sizes up any snares that lie ahead. Yes, it keeps those it cares for from dangerous detours.
A protective husband understands the power of covering his wife in prayer. He boldly petitions the pearly gates of heaven for power against the gates of hell on behalf of his bride and children. You love the love of your life in a way that truly understands her deep need for security: physical, financial, emotional and spiritual. Your wife trusts the protection of your presence. Your spiritual strength gives her a sense of security and peace. A secure wife is a happy wife.
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way. 1 Peter 3:7, NASB
Love also protects the reputation of those it respects. It is discreet when told in confidence of the struggles of a fellow follower of Christ. Loyalty has no longing to let go of information that may harm the good standing of a friend who serves Jesus. You protect the good name of those you care for because your love covers a multitude of sins. Bear the burdens of your brothers and sisters in Christ, without baring their baggage. Discretion is the better part of protective love.
Most importantly, lean into the Lord’s long shadow of love. Your Heavenly Father longs to love you in a way that makes you feel protected by His presence and great power. His love protects you from selfish pride with His generous grace and humility. His love protects you from Satan’s schemes with His Spirit’s enlightenment. His love protects you from unfaithfulness with His stellar faithfulness. His love protects you from disturbing fears with His calming presence!
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:2
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