To readers of that 48 Rules of Power book making the rounds these days, I have only this to say:
The free and unbridled exercise of power is ultimately self-defeating. In time one realizes that the whole point of accumulating power-- whether through martial systems or other paths-- is the ability to put it aside. In the end, it is the exercise of love that is important. No, not the sappy production of sentiment; but actual exclusive attention, regardless of the inconvenience, to the physical-, psycho-social-, and moral needs of the ones you care about.
Why else would an all-powerful God set so many ridiculous limits on himself?