For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord. (2 Timothy 1:7, 8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Imagine, if you will, a spirit of power without love and self-discipline. What kind of testimony would that be? Better to have a spirit of timidity. Throughout history we’ve seen plenty instances of power without love and/or self-discipline to know how damaging it can be. But in the context of a Christian witness it could be worse than shameful, it could have eternal consequences.
My Advice – Don’t overly focus on the power, for it is worthless without love and self-discipline.