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?