“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”– Isaiah 55:1-2
Real authority does not come with a name, a position, or a clerical endorsement.
True authority is when those under your leadership believe that you love them.
There are certain moments
When you feel something rise up within you:
A desire to do good, to forgive, to bless and not curse,
A will to think higher thoughts, to walk the narrow path.
Where everything in you had intended to hate, suddenly, it is replaced with an impassioned, overpowering love.
And this time you know that you are not the source of this, since everything your heart has been producing of late has been deplorable – full of weakness and shame.
This love is not from within. It is a gift of God.
And it is to be treasured so dearly, and cherished like the very oxygen you breathe.
Because your God knows you. And he knows your limits. And he has taken you to where you could never have gone by your own strength.
My God, my Father, you have saved me. You have saved me once again.
God loves you.
We are required to love whatever God loves.
Therefore if we do not love ourselves, we are in sin.
When all is darkened in the veil of tears.
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
A few years ago, I don’t remember when, someone asked me whether I would prefer to be loved or respected.
At the time I found it a very hard question, but now I understand: it is only our pride that seeks the respect of others, but love is what we were made for.
Whatever happens to me in life, and whoever I become, to be loved is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy. If all the people in the world respect me, esteem me, consider me great, but no one loves me, what have I gained?
The message that gives me ultimate comfort is not that I am great, not that I am worthy of praise, not that I am worthy of love,
but that I am loved by someone who is.
There is no risk of exaggerating the significance of love. And if we fail to understand all of our responsibilities, and all of God’s actions, in light of, and in terms of God’s love, then we fail to see the whole point.
John Piper talking about Love.