Love Within Limits: A Realist’s View of 1 Corinthians 13

Smedes, Lewis B.

Eerdmans, 1978

pp. 12-13

Servant power is personal power used to increase the strength of a weaker person.  The best example is the power of a parent to nurture a child into an independent personality.  Children need a model of personal power.  They have to be confronted with the exercise of it.  From a parent who demonstrates such power they can absorb psychic and spiritual strength.  What sort of power am I referring to?  The power to decide, to will consistently, to stick with promises, to demonstrate affection in the midst of tension.  The power that gives one the freedom to bow before the Lord and accept his love.”  The power to free oneself from anxiety over one’s own weakness, the power to be kind.