“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
The love of Christ alive in our heart is essential if we are to be defenders and advocates of the Christian faith in a redemptive and healing way. Until we learn to walk in the light as Christ is in the light, we will be disposed to be bitter or worse. When we walk in the light of the Lord, bitterness and contention cannot long endure. Our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is best served by the life-changing love described in 1 Corinthians 13.