Power Is Steadfast Love Is Dying

TODAY’S READING: PSALMS 62-68

Psalm 62:11-12 says, “Power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.”

Power belongs to God.

Steadfast love belongs to God.

For God, power is steadfast love.

1 Corinthians 1:23-24 says, “But we preach Christ crucified..Christ the power of God.”

God’s power was revealed through Christ on the cross. God’s power was not revealed in causing someone to die for the power of death belonged to Satan (Hebrews 2:14-15). No, God’s power was revealed in Jesus’ willingness to die for the poorest of the poor, the weakest of the weak, the sickest of the sick, and even the most wicked of the wicked. God’s power was revealed in Jesus dying for sinners, for his enemies, for those worshiped idols and false gods instead of the true and living God.

1 John 4 says that love is from God. Indeed, God is love.

God’s love was made manifest, that is made visible to all, when he gave his only Son for the world that we might through Jesus. In other words, God is love. And, we know God’s love because Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross to set us free from the slavery to death brought about by idolatry, thereby giving us life.

So, we see in the passage from Paul that Jesus crucified is the power of God. And, we see in the passage from John that Jesus crucified is the love of God.

Power is not ruling. Power is not violence. Power is not war. Power is not killing.

Power is steadfast love.

Service is love. Gentleness is love. Peace is love. Life is love.

For God, power is steadfast love.

And, for God, power is steadfast love is dying so that another might live.

Therefore, Jesus said in Mark 8:34-35, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

Die to your self so that you can have the steadfast love that brings the power of life.

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