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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Love Energizes Develops & Trains Your Leadership Skills

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

In the verse above, the Greek definition for the word, "power" means
    1) strength power, ability

      a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
      b) power for performing miracles
      c) moral power and excellence of soul
      d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
      e) power and resources arising from numbers
      f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

"Love" is defined as
    1) brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence [from the Strong's Dictionary & Concordance]

We have been given a 'spirit' that is free from fear because that spirit is filled with, composed and has the nature of love, power and a mind with the ability to exercise self-control and moderation.

In Deuteronomy 7:13, the Lord tells Moses to assure the people of Israel that the Lord's blessings of love will empower them and enhance their lives:
    And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and your oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he swore unto thy fathers to give thee.

Later, the Lord tells the Israeli nation to love Him and He will bless them abundantly with land, riches, victories and many other wonderful things - see Deuteronomy 11:22-25

1 John 4:18 comforts us with the knowledge of the power brought into us through love:
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.

Leaders who keep love in their minds, hearts and deeds will surely enjoy an energetic, skillful, fully developed and adequately trained ability to overcome the most difficult circumstances in this life.

In John 21:15-17, The Lord Jesus asks Peter the same question in 3 different ways
    "So when they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, loves thou me more than these? He says unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knows that I love thee. He says unto him, Feed my lambs."

In this first request Christ tells Peter to look after spiritual development of the meek and innocent people in the world, in the second, Christ tells him to tend to and govern the Christian flocks of disciples and in the third request, Christ tells him to promote and develop the spiritual growth and strengthen the spiritual natures of Christians.

Jesus points out to Peter and us all that it will take our love of Christ and God and the sons of God to accomplish those feats.

Is your love strong enough to shape the world? Take a moment and visit our Faith Corner today.

God bless you.



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