Monday, January 14, 2008

The Power of Love Trumps Love of Power!

Rock musician guitarist Jimi Hendrix wrote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace on earth." I doubt he understood the truth he revealed.

I listen to the amazing field of presidential wanna-bees and I see a startling "love of power" and quest to get it.

I have had my own experience with those who love power at the expense of the power of love.

When Jesus hung on a Roman cross more than 20 centuries ago, he was put there by those who loved power. The Jewish leaders and Roman officials and murderous mob all wanted to crucify Jesus. They were threatened by His life of love. The leaders and officials feared that His love might trump their power.

When Jesus came to earth about 33 years prior to His death, angels sang, "Glory to God ... and peace on earth!" They signaled the truth that Love in human form (the baby Jesus) was born that night in Bethlehem. Their song said that the triumph of love brings peace.

Those who hated Him and His Love, those who were threatened by Jesus chose power over all! They even thought love is weakness and that power is strength.

They got it all wrong. They hung Love on a cross. They tried to kill Love. But, in the end, the world will know that the power of true love (God's love) always trumps those who love power.

Sadly, however, there is a love for power that hides in all our hearts. Only as God works to restore our hearts can we learn that love is stronger than power every time - maybe not here and now - but always in the end! The power of Love will always trump the love of power! And only then will there be peace on earth!

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