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If there is one thing every human being on the planet wants, it’s power. We want to be in control of what’s going on. If we are totally honest, we all want to rule the word. If we don’t want to rule the whole world, we at least want to be in control of what happens in ours.
We want power over people. Whether it’s a dictator seeking to control the lives of the general populace, or simply parents trying to control the behavior of their children, we want to be able to control what others do.
We even want power over God. Just think of how many books have been written over the last century telling us how to get our prayers answered. We want to be able to tell God what He should do and have Him comply. Sound about right?
To a world that is hungering and craving for power, King Jesus offers some very interesting words…
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Love can only be understood by looking at God. Only those who truly know Him truly know anything about love because He is its Originator and its Ultimate Manifestation.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7 – 8 ESV
Love is that disposition of character that continually looks away from itself and intentionally wills and pursues the benefit of others.
Love is the foundation of all the other virtues.
Joy is the thrill of love as it invests itself in the lives of others.
Peace is love living harmoniously with all those around it.
Patience (longsuffering) is love’s endurance as it continues to extend good will under trying circumstances.
Kindness is love paying attention to the details so it can benefit others in particularly helpful ways.
Goodness is the character of love as it projects good will to everything around it.
Faithfulness is love’s commitment of fidelity to God and others. Love is not double-minded.
Meekness is love refusing to respond from a position of power. Love trusts in the power of the One to Whom it is surrendered.
Self-control is love refraining from promoting itself or seeking to use anyone or anything to its own advantage.
Love is the natural expression of living in the Reign.