All is Fair in Love and War

All is fair in love and war.

That’s what they say.

But is it true?  Nevermind, for it was not the meaning of that proverb that rattled around in my contemplations and bothered my thoughts today.  For whatever reason, that phrase came to me.  I think perhaps I was listening to the news on the radio at the time.  The news seems all about politics, persecution and infringement of someone’s rights these days.

All is fair in love and war …  and there is not much difference between the two.

But actually, this is the thought I had.

In the name of love, we pursue a cause, join a campaign with the lofty ideal of change with a specific goal in mind.  Because of love, our motivation is to right what is wrong.  When we are full of love for another, we open ourselves to give for the best interest of another.  In the name of love, we endure pain and hardship and in sacrificial service, we willingly place ourselves second in priority.  In love, we make deep commitments and enter holy covenants.  Love promotes life, but in the bringing of life there is death in some form.

We pursue a cause, join a campaign with the lofty ideal of change with a specific goal in mind as the reason for war.  Motivated to right what is wrong, we declare war.  We open ourselves to give for the best interest of another when we fight in war.  We endure pain and hardship and in sacrificial service, we willingly place ourselves second in priority when we join the forces of war.  In war, we take on deep commitments and submit to ironclad authority.  War causes death, but in the death of some, others gain a new life.

All is fair in love and war … and there is not much difference between the two.

But in actuality …

To be outfitted for a campaign of love, one must have an abundance of joy and peace, longsuffering and kindness, goodness and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Sides are not taken but grace and mercy are given.  Truth is upheld, wisdom is sought and boundaries are upheld.

To be outfitted for a campaign of war, one must have an abundance of training, strength, knowledge, skilfulness and self-control.  With such things there is law.  Sides are taken and orders are issued.  Boundaries are penetrated and power is upheld.

All is fair in love and war.

In which campaign am I?

 

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