The Longing For Power

The Power of Godly Love

One of the greatest temptations of mankind has always been to obtain and hoard power.  People can wield great harm or good for the benefit of mankind when they choose to exercise their God-given power with Godly wisdom.

Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate. It is true that there is a state of hope which belongs to bright prospects and the morning; but that is not the virtue of hope. The virtue of hope exists only in earthquake and eclipse. It is true that there is a thing crudely called charity, which means charity to the deserving poor; but charity to the deserving is not charity at all, but justice. It is the undeserving who require it, and the ideal either does not exist at all, or exists wholly for them. For practical purposes it is at the hopeless moment that we require the hopeful man, and the virtue either does not exist at all, or begins to exist at that moment. Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful. G.K. Chesterton

One of the greatest temptations many people face in life is the acquisition of power (influence). From your position as a student, worker, banker, or office manager, you may feel that power will never tempt you. Think again.

Jesus came to earth as a servant.

rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:7

If anyone was immune to the temptation of Power, it was Jesus. Yet that’s where Satan tempted Him. He offered Jesus the world if only Jesus would kneel down and worship him.

“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9

Satan used that tactic on Jesus, and you can be sure that he will use it on you. He uses other methods today including wealth, popularity/fame, prestige or anything your heart desires. However the love of the world is the antithesis of the Gospel. Jesus simply wants us to become like Him.

The only way you can resist Satan is to do what Jesus did. Tell Satan “NO!”

 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Matthew 4:10

The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.  There is truly no one wiser than the Almighty, Sovereign Creator.

Embrace the power of His love and reject the love of power.


Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.

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