These words were uttered by Napoleon of France when he was exiled on the island of Elba.
“Alexander, Caesar, and Hannibal conquered the world but had no friends. Jesus founded his empire upon love, and at this hour millions would die for him. He has won the hearts of men, a task a conqueror cannot do.”
In the waning years of his life,’Napoleon realized that the most important thing in life was not the ability to take, but the ability to give. Jesus does nothing but give, and he says “follow me” to all that would call themselves Christians. I would hope that we would not have to be defeated and forced to a place of exile and suffering to learn that lesson.