Love or Conquest

Napoleon said, “I know men and tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.  Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison.  Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires.  But, on what did we rest the creations of our genius?  Upon force.  Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

I think Napoleon knew religious dogma and was impressed by Jesus the man. His actions reflect that Napoleon did not know Jesus on a personal level.   I wonder what history would have looked like if Napoleon had?

How many of us today walk this life in conquest? Wanting more.  Even to the extent of sacrificing others well being or stepping on a person for personal gain?

Has living in selfish conquest become today’s norm?

As a society here in the U.S. millions of people sneer, laugh, or ignore people that struggle.  Struggle with weight loss, birth defects, homelessness; Or people of a different race, religion, or culture.

We even look at our very own reflection in the mirror and dislike ourselves.  Is this the mindset that God wants us to have?

God did not come down to this earth to condemn us. He came down to partake in our lives. To save us & lift us up to be the best we can possibly be. To be like Him.  He isn’t the fire and brimstone entity that so many of us were taught. He is the epitome of Love.

He is joy, peace, long suffering, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and exemplifies all these things in self control.

If we place Jesus in the midst of our daily lives and seek him in all things. How would our lives improve? Step by step.  Individual by Individual our Country would change. Would we stand united once again?

We were not made to live without God. We were made in his image and our minds and souls cry out for the goodness that only Christ can bestow on us, through us, and ultimately shine glimmers of his love onto others.

How would you feel and what would your immediate sphere of the world around you look like if you took ownership and exercise gentleness, kindness, & self control?  You can’t fathom the difference.

What a far greater existence we would make for ourselves and others around us if we desired the ability to look at others around us through Christ’s eyes and not with the world’s critical eye?

What does Christ see when he looks at someone over weight or homeless?  He stretched his arms out and died for them – Same as you.  He looks at the core of a person’s being and see’s the truth.  What does God see when he looks at you?

Embrace Jesus humanity, humility & exercise the true qualities of love.  The conquests you thought you strived for may shift and take a new form. A form that is far better than anything you could ever imagine.

Don’t walk out of your door every morning as Napoleon. Knowing as he did that Jesus conquered all through love but ignored the power of love and chose harsh and harmful tactics that destroyed lives around him for his personal gain.

Aren’t we all better than that?  What’s Love go to do with it?



Karen Meier is a Writer, Speaker and Blogger. In her spare time she takes long walks with her husband.

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