Re: Verse reading–Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:1-11 (day three)

“God created mankind in his own image.”  The celebrated idea of our times is that constraint on human power is oppression, that boundaries are made to be crossed, that order is a tool of the privileged to deny people a voice.  And so the story of contemporary society has become a story of endless self-expression, self-focus, and self-indulgence.  The rise of the “selfie” perfectly sums up the state of our thinking.  As creatures made in God’s image, we, like God, have the power to carry out our will.  Interestingly, though, the Bible says “God is love”, not “God is power.”  God is powerful, but his love informs his power.  Without love, God’s power would destroy, not create.  The same is true for us.  Without love, our power isn’t our glory, but our destruction.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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