Worldly power often entails self-preservation, self-defense (physical or verbal) or the ability to assert power over others.  It comes in many different forms and packages – physical strength, oppression,  financial capitalization, etc…..

On the other hand, power in the kingdom of God comes through the unique submission of power to others.  It comes in a variety of forms like service, personal sacrifice, turning the other cheek, giving financially….

The Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5 (esp. verse 38- 42) and echoed later in places like Romans 12, are the pinnacle of this inside-out way of life.

Romans 12:

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Check out this video of an incredibly mature young man who shows the power of living this often rarely esteemed, but beautiful display of radical love:

Power Under

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