Power, Love and Self Control!

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

If God had given us a spirit of love but not power, we might burn out with frustration over wanting to love but being unable to do what was necessary. If he had given us a spirit of love and power, but not self-control, we might have spent ourselves in an unbalanced and powerful love of something essentially selfish. If he had given us a spirit of power and self-control, but not love, we would have all the ingredients necessary to be the next Adolf Hitler. And if he had given us self-control, but not power and love we might well have become the most introverted and self-absorbed people who ever walked the face of the earth: a race of Stuart Smalleys perpetually examining ourselves in a hypnotic stupor of therapeutic narcissism. But God, who is wise, pours out his Spirit without measure and give us all of what we need"-power, love and self-control"-that we might become the image of Christ. When you face difficulties today, remember you have power, love and self-control.

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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