How to reALIGN your POWER with GENTLENESS
By Dan & Suzie Potter
If we say “POWER” what comes to your mind?
As we talk to young people it seems their view of “POWER” is the thing they wish their authorities had less of and they had a bit more of. When we talk to older people “Power” is what they used to have back in another day. When we talk the “Powerful” often they feel weighted down by all the responsibilities. When we talk to those with very little “Power” they speak of how someone else should do something to bring equality to all.
Power is very confusing.
We have been in places where we had great power over thousands, and we have been in places where we were powerless to barely get out of bed.
Jesus saw POWER as no one before him ever imagined it. Through his words, actions, and sacrifices, he turned Power on its head. He shifted POWER from great privilege to great responsibility. The kingdom he created was about love, serving and forgiveness. He spoke of Power with these words in Matthew 5:38-39
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
In this life you may not always be free to do less than is being demanded of you, but you are always free to do more.
Jesus reframed our view of POWER to such an extent that we now expect our leaders to serve the common good.
The key to misaligned POWER is GENTLENESS.
“Be GENTLE” is always the POWERFUL choice, even if many power holders today miss that point completely and if even seems like the opposite. GENTLENESS is POWER wrapped nicely in self-control.
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