As we dig deep into prayer and action for those who have been abused and/or exploited, I have been pondering what victory really looks like. Is it possible to measure answered prayer, and breakthrough of freedom and justice. The answer to me seems complicated, yet simple. Yes, we have seen so much happen with awareness and major steps in collaborating with all aspects of society to end human trafficking. I believe that prayer has much to do with that (along with the persevering hard work of many). But what does victory look like? I know there are ways to measure “outcomes” when we have specific goals and a plan of action. But, I think victory really is an issue of the heart. In my experience, it is those moments where things happen when no one is aware of (behind the scenes). I have appreciated those who have not judged my intent, and actions, but instead gently guided me back on the right path when I have gone astray. Those moments of sacrificial love and acceptance play a key role in my victory. I am forever grateful for those who have loved and have not looked for anything in return. They have helped me most. They have motivated me to be more like them. Or should I say more like Him.
The Greek word for sacrificial love is agape.
“Unconditional love that is always giving and impossible to take or be a taker. It devotes total commitment to seek your highest best no matter how anyone may respond. This form of love is totally selfless and does not change whether the love given is returned or not. (taken from Focus on the Family article)
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:46-48 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Pray with me: Lord, forgive me when I have not loved the way you have commanded me to do. I confess that sometimes I have been self righteous, and judgmental. I desire to be merciful, even as my Father is merciful (Luke 6:36). Help me be a witness of your love so that victory can happen in my life, and those lives in my path. In Jesus name, Amen