Only Lovers Can Be Mighty
Continuing from my last post on our Christian mission in choosing to be part of the mighty ones is another quote by R. Kangas, inspired by the divine romance portrayed in Song of Songs chapter 3:
"We are not trained to be mighty ones merely by being sent to a barren place to pass through one hardship after another. Rather we are trained by maintaining and nurturing our love toward our Beloved. Our Beloved is the mighty One. His love prevails...
We should not allow the enthusiasm of war or the thrill of victory to interfere with our steady, developing, ongoing romance with the Lord."
The mighty ones are God's army, beautiful in the Lord's eyes and terrifying to the enemy (Song of Songs 6:4). Yet what's so astonishing about this army is the fact that all these ones are firstly LOVERS! In a sense, to the mighty ones, they do not go to war to win, they go to war to "waste" their lives upon the One whom they have loved. To the mighty ones, this spiritual warfare is not a mere exciting movement or event. It's a way of living of not loving their soul-life even unto death (Revelation 12:11). As I'm considering and praying regarding my willingness to be part of these mighty ones, I have come to a conclusion- that it is impossible to be such ones without being lovers of Christ.
It's most logical that only lovers can be mighty. Think about it, are we willing to give up our own pleasures and desires for someone whom we love halfheartedly? Are we willing to give up our own lives for someone whom we barely love? Only lovers can be mighty. But why?
It's because only lovers can love not their soul-life even unto death, for the sake of the One they love.
"...the outcome of our personal history in the divine history is that we will love the Lord more than life itself.
Moreover, it will be so normal. We are not heroes. When we compare the value of our soul-life to that of our Beloved,... then our attitude on the earth will be that we will not love our soul-life even to the end. This will happen, and this will terrify the enemy and become the factor of our power." - R. Kangas