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The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by bgossipnaija(f): 10:05am On Sep 17, 2017
There are a great many Christians who talk about the power of God. We saw God's power in action in the Bible in many different ways. There was the feeding of the multitudes, healing the sick, walking on water and a host of other things that showed the miraculous power of God.

But when people talk about the power of God in a personal sense they are usually not talking about these amazing showcases of God's awesome power. No, when they talk of God's power it is often in the sense of an inner and hidden power that changes lives. A power that moves a person from a state of sin, fear and all the problems of the world, to a place of peace, joy and hope. This is the real power of God: the power of love.

Why do I say this? Because the bible tells us that all of the miraculous things that are also manifestations of his power will in time cease (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). But love is eternal and it never passes away. The power of love supersedes every other form of power and only love has the ability to overcome human faults, weaknesses and failures.

When Jesus was resurrected from the dead he spoke to his disciples over a period of some forty days. When he was finally taken up into heaven he told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem saying that, "... you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you." (Acts 1:cool This is significant because you would expect that in his last words he would give some clue as to what was really important about the mission to come.

There are some in the church today who believe that this power was to enable the disciples to perform miracles. And it is true that without the Holy Spirit this is not possible. But given that miracles are to cease, and given also that these were his last words to his disciples while on this earth, we can be sure that his meaning went far beyond just the transitory power to do miracles.

Knowing also that the greatest power of all is the power of love, and God is love, then it stands to reason that in his final words Jesus was talking of this greater power, which has the capacity to change lives. The power of love can transform people from cynical, self-centred individuals into a brotherhood of caring and sharing people.

Jesus spoke of the life transforming power of God when he stated, "... to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become the children of God." (John 1:12) This is the true power of God: to become the children of God. And if we are to become the children of God then we are to be like him. The apostle John showed this link saying, "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." (1 John 4:16)

Even in this world we see that children are like their parents. In so many ways they inherit or learn the traits of their parents, which are passed from one generation to the next. So too in Christ we are learning the traits of God. In Christ we see the essence of God's love as he gave us the example to follow.

Furthermore in receiving the Holy Spirit through Christ we have the love of God poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit he has given to us. (Romans 5:5) And it is the work of the Holy Spirit in us to transform us into the image of Christ, which is the essence of God's love as he shows in 1 Corinthians 3:18 saying that we, "... are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."

This is the real power of God: the power to be transformed into his image and to become the children of God through the working of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection of Christ. Any other form of power claimed by the churches or anyone else is only transitory and temporary. The transforming power to change us into the image of Christ is the power of love, and the power of love is the power of God.

http://www.naijanewspapers.com.ng/2017/09/the-true-power-of-god-power-of-love.html

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Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by emmayayodeji(m): 10:08am On Sep 17, 2017
Same old sh!t

Mtcheew
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by NairalandCS(m): 10:18am On Sep 17, 2017
emmayayodeji:
Same old sh!t

Mtcheew

Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by docflint(m): 10:35am On Sep 17, 2017
nice
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by hopefulLandlord: 10:36am On Sep 17, 2017
Christians talk big, but they don't really understand what love is. How could they when they have been brainwashed to accept the notion that the greatest love ever shown was a vicarious atonement set up by a father figure who threatens anyone who doesn't toe the line? No wonder they can't quite figure out whether it's ok to divorce your recently incarcerated serial rapist husband (I wish I was kidding). No wonder they have such a hard time balancing the spiritual needs of child molesters and
their victims. they are trying to square the circle .
their idea of love is exactly the opposite of what
the human psyche knows love to be . It is diametrically opposed to every natural human instinct. That's why they have to have seminars reminding you that giving somebody a casserole is a wasted effort in Jesus' eyes unless you preach too.

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Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by obojememe: 10:39am On Sep 17, 2017
Summary pls
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by ajogodo: 10:43am On Sep 17, 2017
nice write up
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by ajogodo: 10:47am On Sep 17, 2017
our God is love

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Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by kelvinUchiha(m): 10:58am On Sep 17, 2017
God loves us so much that he wiped away 6milliin Jews during the Holocaust. So loving. I can't wait to give tithe to my pastor to thank God for my life because I'm not a Jew or from Pakistan and BC Jesus died for me. People are suffering OK..if you don't know. You won't know.
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by adepeter2027(m): 11:34am On Sep 17, 2017
Isaiah 45:7

Love koor, iranu
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by Tjayjosh(m): 11:38am On Sep 17, 2017
bgossipnaija:



There are a great many Christians who talk about the power of God. We saw God's power in action in the Bible in many different ways. There was the feeding of the multitudes, healing the sick, walking on water and a host of other things that showed the miraculous power of God.

But when people talk about the power of God in a personal sense they are usually not talking about these amazing showcases of God's awesome power. No, when they talk of God's power it is often in the sense of an inner and hidden power that changes lives. A power that moves a person from a state of sin, fear and all the problems of the world, to a place of peace, joy and hope. This is the real power of God: the power of love.

Why do I say this? Because the bible tells us that all of the miraculous things that are also manifestations of his power will in time cease (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). But love is eternal and it never passes away. The power of love supersedes every other form of power and only love has the ability to overcome human faults, weaknesses and failures.

When Jesus was resurrected from the dead he spoke to his disciples over a period of some forty days. When he was finally taken up into heaven he told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem saying that, "... you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you." (Acts 1:cool This is significant because you would expect that in his last words he would give some clue as to what was really important about the mission to come.

There are some in the church today who believe that this power was to enable the disciples to perform miracles. And it is true that without the Holy Spirit this is not possible. But given that miracles are to cease, and given also that these were his last words to his disciples while on this earth, we can be sure that his meaning went far beyond just the transitory power to do miracles.

Knowing also that the greatest power of all is the power of love, and God is love, then it stands to reason that in his final words Jesus was talking of this greater power, which has the capacity to change lives. The power of love can transform people from cynical, self-centred individuals into a brotherhood of caring and sharing people.

Jesus spoke of the life transforming power of God when he stated, "... to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become the children of God." (John 1:12) This is the true power of God: to become the children of God. And if we are to become the children of God then we are to be like him. The apostle John showed this link saying, "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." (1 John 4:16)

Even in this world we see that children are like their parents. In so many ways they inherit or learn the traits of their parents, which are passed from one generation to the next. So too in Christ we are learning the traits of God. In Christ we see the essence of God's love as he gave us the example to follow.

Furthermore in receiving the Holy Spirit through Christ we have the love of God poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit he has given to us. (Romans 5:5) And it is the work of the Holy Spirit in us to transform us into the image of Christ, which is the essence of God's love as he shows in 1 Corinthians 3:18 saying that we, "... are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."

This is the real power of God: the power to be transformed into his image and to become the children of God through the working of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection of Christ. Any other form of power claimed by the churches or anyone else is only transitory and temporary. The transforming power to change us into the image of Christ is the power of love, and the power of love is the power of God.

http://www.naijanewspapers.com.ng/2017/09/the-true-power-of-god-power-of-love.html

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I so love this!
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by nowpresence(f): 12:37pm On Sep 17, 2017
God is love and love is God

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Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by Nobody: 12:39pm On Sep 17, 2017
"Love conquers all magic and spells" - Merlin
Re: The True Power Of God - The Power Of Love by olowobaba10: 1:08pm On Sep 17, 2017
DO WE REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE?

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