Love or Power

I’ve been writing a lot about love and intimacy lately. There is this passion within me to see the love of God pour through every believer because without love all ministry is pointless. 1 Corinthians 13 paints this picture of how prophecy, tongues, faith, etc. are all worthless when love is not the core element within each. It’s so true. I have seen people minister from pride; their words were amazing but their heart was in the wrong place. I have also seen people minister from love and the difference is night and day. Love is the key. Love always has to be the key. But there is another side to this story. Without love the gifts of the Spirit are pointless. But love without power is also pointless. I feel like we can flip this chapter around and say that love without power is nothing more than good intentions. I can love someone. I can teach them great Christian principles. But if I do not have the power to actually set them free from the addictions they are fighting, bring them deliverance from the demons that haunt them, or release joy and peace into their lives then I am still just making noise. People need to know true freedom and we aren’t doing a good enough job. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the power came. What if we told all the believers to do the same. What if every believer was a passionate lover of God, loved every other person with God’s love, AND operated in the gifts of the Spirit? That would really change the landscape of the church. Power without love is pointless. Love without power is also pointless. There has to be a combination of the two to see people set completely free.

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