The world’s only power is that of manipulation – seeking to change a person’s actions. The legal system seeks to change people’s behavior by punishment or the fear of punishment. Advertising seeks to convince people that if they buy a certain product that they will be sexier, appear younger, smarter, richer, or have better taste; and that will help them manipulate others to get the partner, friends or the job they want, enabling them to be truly happy. People manipulate other people to get them to act in ways that please them. Companies manipulate employees to get higher profit. Religion manipulates members to achieve numerical growth, control and status; those in social groups manipulate each other to give themselves a feeling of superiority.
Natural law was – and still is – weak because of the flesh. Its weakness comes from human nature. Changing a person’s behavior will never change the person. What God did enters our life and changes us from the inside. He gave without conditions, without manipulation. He loved the world so much that He sacrificed what was dearest to Him. Jesus came in the likeness of what we were, so that all righteousness might be fulfilled for us, and in us. Jesus’ righteousness restores our relationship with the Father, through love and selflessness, without manipulation.
God’s power is greater that the force of the world – the law, society, or religion. He is the only one who can actually change a person from the inside out. He created us the first time – in the new creation He remakes us in love. Natural power causes us to be prisoners in our “freedom”; God’s love enables us to be truly free in the midst of any circumstances.
Since we are His representatives, we must work together with Him showing love to those around us in our service and generosity. As we live lives of kindness, forgiveness, and patience, God’s powerful love will change those who will receive Him. As we share the message that transforms lives, God will back His Word with His power.
For what was impossible for the law to do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4)