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Does Love Make You Powerless?

In today’s Take Five, Lara Buchanan explains that, far from enabling any wrongful use of power or encouraging victimhood, agape love inspires choice: in Jesus, power was manifested in his freedom to lay down his life for others.

While Jesus was being treated wrongfully and being sentenced to death, he did not view himself as a helpless victim, but as someone who was acting powerfully.

Christianity is not at all against powerfulness; it just says that true power is to love others as we love ourselves.

Paul himself clearly remembers wrongs done against him, but it is the power of God’s love and forgiveness towards him which has empowered him not to be eaten up by bitterness and resentment, but to reach out to his enemies in love. This is the power of God.

Make it Personal

  • Is there a difference between being a “doormat” over which people can walk, and one who loves as Paul describes? If so, how so; if not, why not?

  • How does this Biblical, agape love transform our understanding of power?


Love (no pun intended) the message here.


Jesus was not a doormat. He voluntarily submitted to his Father and allowed his subjects to abuse him in order to defeat Death and Satan. He could have called a legion of angels to his aid at any moment, but he did not. He could have crushed his enemies with a single word, but he did not. He asked his Father to forgive them because they did not know what they were doing. The Creator of the Universe prayed that as his enemies jeered at him. There have been many times when I have exploded in my own defense for much lesser offenses that those done to him. His strength is amazing. There is no weakness in the love that Paul promotes.