Article: Real Power

I enjoyed reading the Harry Potter saga of books many years ago. They are not evil, nor are about how to perform witchcraft. This story is primarily about the struggle of good versus evil.

Weaved within this story is the primary importance of the power of love.

At one point, the wise old professor Dumbledore is speaking with an evil wizard by the name of Voldemort who wants to rule the world with an “iron fist.”

This is a part of that conversation:

Voldemort: “But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your pronouncements that love is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.”

Dumbledore: “Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places.” 

It was love that protected the hero, Harry Potter in these stories and not magic.

Of course, there is no magic in the real world, but there is love. These fictional books point to a real-life truth: love is most powerful force on the planet.

The problem with love is this: We don’t believe love is the most powerful thing in the universe.

Love changes hearts. Hate hardens them.

Love forgives and offers a new way forward. Hate brings resentment.

Love inspires. Hate digs in.

It is the power of love that Jesus forgave the world through his death. It is the power of love that offers us the gift of eternal life.

Love has the power to change everything within the human sphere.

Of course, there is limited power in hate and violence but the power of love is infinite if we would only tap into the source of love: Jesus.

Hate has a shelf life, love never goes bad or has an expiration date. How do I know this? Jesus’ death and resurrection still provides life giving forgiveness and wholeness 2000 years later. 

Love will grow the more we share it with others. It is not finite or containable. 

Unfortunately, some will never see powerful potential of love. Instead, they will revert to hate, violence and manipulation to get what they want. There may be short term gain but to what end?

Jesus reminds of something that is so important that I don’t want you to miss it.

Jesus said, “What good will it be for a person if they gain the whole world, yet forfeits their soul? Or what can a person give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:16

Love is moving us towards something better. It is moving us towards a life that will never end with Jesus and our church family. A place of perfect peace and joy.

Don’t hesitate to show some love today! You might change someone’s life!

God bless,
Pr. Ben