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Love vs Power (11/17)

17 Nov

Love vs Power…

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. This is a quote by Jimi Hendrix

The words love and power caught my eye when I first came across this quote. I recognized what I saw and I had to say it out loud a couple times before I realized its deep meaning.

“When the power of love…” — I like this because it gives love a source of power to begin with. Love is one of the most potent gifts a person can share with someone.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

Then, ”..Overcomes the love of power — This is where I saw love go from potent to just seriously poisonous. If love is a response of human beings and our love is focused on power, there is no love; there is no connection — it’s just a drive for control and has no sympathetic real feel of love.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10

So, after sitting and dwelling on this for a while, I realized something. The world does not love its people the way it should. Or maybe I should rephrase it — We do not love people the way we should.

Love of power makes its owner feel more secure based on all of the controlling and manipulative behaviors he can instigate to make others behave in what he perceives to be right. We see this in some church leaders today and it is turning people away from the church.

We do not live in peace, because the love of power is too strong, and the power of love…well, where is it?

Peace brings joy, happiness and mercy — that is exactly what a blessing is. And that is the gift of God! I like to think that one day I will live in a peaceful world — one with no war, one where people actually show sincere love for each other.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

We are taught, through Jesus, to love our neighbors as ourselves and as He has loved us. Do we or are we so caught up in the love of ourselves that we fail to show His love or follow His commandments?

This brings me to question have we failed ourselves and worse yet have we failed God? Some folks will say it is the church that has failed us! Well folks, we are the church and since the spirit resides in our hearts, our failure to love our neighbors as ourselves and as He has loved us is both a failure to God and ourselves!!!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God gave His son to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life through the love of Jesus and yet we short change all that He gave us to feed our ego. As a Christian there is no excuse.

The time has come for us to break this shell of power, jealousy, hate and distrust and then center ourselves in God’s Hands. It is time to show our unconditional love for each and every soul just as we were commanded.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Let us all commit to practice daily the power of love and push the need of power out of our daily lives. When we follow His commandments then we will begin to see peace in the church and here on earth.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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