Saturday, November 26, 2016

Love and Power connected

Love and power are not antithetical in God's economy. They are in fact directly connected. Love is the driving power/energy/motivation to act for the glory (loveliness/beauty) of God. God's love for us moves us to put his love on display for others to see and be drawn to it. It is the essence of the greatest commandment to love God will all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbors as ourselves.

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out (bring to fruition) your own salvation (the right standing which you already fully possess in Christ) with fear and trembling (in the awe, respect and amazement of that finished work Christ has completed and the suffering it took Christ to accomplish on your behalf), for it is God who works (moves) in you, both to will (desire) and to work (carry out and display Him in his greatness and love) for his good pleasure." Php 2:12,13 (ESV - English Standard Version)

" Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Php 2:12,13 (Amplified Version)

The above was inspired by "Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb" page 11. by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Stroble. Soon to be released.

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