The Power Of Love
The Love Of Power
“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
(December 29, 1809 – May 19, 1898)
British Liberal statesman and Prime Minister
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.”
Chinmoy Kumar Ghose
(August 27, 1931 – October 11, 2007)
Indian ‘spiritual teacher’ and philosopher
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
(November 27th, 1942 – September 18th, 1970)
American guitarist, singer, and songwriter
The Love of Power versus the Power of Love! Probably since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has grappled with these divergent philosophies. Just look at the quotes above. You could not find a more diverse trio. of individuals as a British Prime Minister, an Indian philosopher, and an American rock star. And all saying exactly the same thing over the course of the last 200 years. So why is it that we haven’t learned the lesson yet?
Power was an essential to man’s very existence. It was always the strongest and biggest kid on the block, or the kid with the biggest crew of side-kicks, that “lived” to see another day. However love was just as necessary to guarantee the continuation of the species that was man. Without the family dynamic and the procreation of young who were nurtured and cared for as they grew, there would be neither family nor community to defend and preserve. So how is it that we have somehow relegated the love component to the back seat as we battle today to remain the biggest and strongest? Instead of using the wisdom that is to be gained from defending our honor successfully and using those rewards for the betterment of all, our communities and nations have instead, become seen as the biggest bullies on the block who have somehow allowed the thrill of power to prevent seeing any positives that the other guy might just have to offer! After all, there are none so blind as those who will not see (adapted from the brilliant satirist, Jonathan Swift’s quote)!
We know there is hope for mankind. Just consider Saul of Tarsus. There was none who was more of a bully that he was. He was angry and violent and absolutely convinced of his own righteousness. We read in Acts 8:3 NIV, But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. But as he was journeying near Damascus, God appeared to him as a bright light…brighter even that the sun…and asked him why he was persecuting Him. Astonished to find himself talking to God, Saul asked what God wanted from him. God tells him to go to the city where all will be revealed. Rising he finds himself blinded and needing to be led, is taken to Damascus. Praying for several days, the scales on his eyes continuing to render him sightless, Saul is finally greeted and touched by an ordinary man, Ananias, whom God had sent. In Acts 22:13 NIV, we are told, He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. And from that moment, Saul arose, and was baptised. And he became, Paul the Apostle!
If the scales of blindness could fall from the eyes of one such as Paul, just try to imagine what might be possible if we all look to our Heavenly Father to give us discernment and understanding in all of our actions with those we perceive as our enemies! Yes miracles happen every day. We witness them in the blooming of a flower long after its usual time for such a thing has passed. We feel them as our hearts once hardened by anger, soften at the mere touch of someone we love. And it is my fervent hope that we bear witness to it as cooler heads prevail in regions of our world that seem to be on the brink of war. Only time will tell. But there is one thing that I do know. Whatever the outcome is, it all serves His purpose for our lives and our world, even though we may not understand the “how’s” or the “why’s”!
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Acts 17: 24-28 NIV
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