10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. 11 Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. 12 We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. 13 Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. 14 So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, 15 and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. 16 Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. (Ephesians 6:10-17, CEB)
Who is the enemy?
Here the author of the epistle, or letter, to the Ephesians says, “We aren’t fighting against human enemies”. So then who is the enemy?
If it isn’t another human, because we are called to love all humans, as creations of God. Our fight is not against others, but against the power of evil in the heavens.
It is evil we are to stand against, not other humans. We must fight evil in every waking moment, and work for love in all instances.
So love all as God loves you.
Loving People. Loving God.