Christ commands us to love one another. But he is speaking of a much different love than the world exhibits. The Greek word agape’ (ag-ah´pay) describes God’s unconditional and sacrificial love that He has for us and expects us to show to one another. What does agape’ love look like?
1 Corinthians 13:4–8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
The word agape’
is translated into the word “charity” in this chapter of the King James Bible. This is the perfect English word to describe God’s selfless & unconditional love. Learn why God’s love is the Greatest here
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Our Lord not only gave us a command that we should love one another but also how to love one another. The Greek word agape’ is used here for the quality of love that we should display. Ask yourself the following questions. Are you exhibiting God’s agape’ love?
1. Suffereth Long
Are you patient with others or are you quickly frustrated with them?
2. Is Kind
Are you kind or harsh in your actions and attitudes?
3. Envieth Not
Do you take pleasure the blessings and accomplishments of others or are you jealous of them?
4. Vaunteth Not Itself
Do you notice and fulfill others needs or do you promote yourself and your needs above theirs?
It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Love is a word that is often used but usually misunderstood. Do you really know what love is? What does love look like? How does it act? Love deeper than ever with these Biblical traits of true love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
God places a premium on love.
True love is (more…)
tBillions of people around the world celebrated the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ last week during the Christmas holiday season. Truly, that is a miracle worthy of celebration! [This Post is rated PG.]
However, I can’t help but notice how frequently people skip over the important word VIRGIN. We live in a hyper-sexual world. Sexual sins are not only accepted in this generation but also are celebrated. God’s people should live differently. God has not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. Virginity is still as important to God today as it has always been!
Let’s take a few moments to remember the importance of virginity.
What is Virginity?
VIRĠIN´ITY, n. [L. virginitas.] Maidenhood; the state of having had no carnal knowledge of man. ~Websters 1828 Dictionary.
1. a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. an unmarried girl or woman. ~Dictionary.com
Sex is a wonderful gift of God to be enjoyed within the covenant of marriage. Any mental or physical (more…)
Everyone wants to be loved. Is there any better feeling than to know that you are loved and accepted in spite of all your shortcomings? Love stories are popular in books and movies because they reach into the deep place of the heart where we desire to be truly loved and live happily ever after.
I have good news for you today. The greatest love story ever told includes you! God loves you. He sacrificed Himself so that you could be with Him forever in Heaven. You are so loved!
God Defines His Love For You.
God’s love is far superior than mankind’s love. It is deeper, broader, higher and completely fulfilling.
It’s a Great Love
Ephesians 2:4–5 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
The word “great” in this verse speaks of the amount of God’s love. Not only does He love you, but He is the ever flowing fountain of love. His love is greater than all your sin. (more…)
The world is in shambles today. More examples of riots, racism, terrorism, bigotry, class warfare and social unrest are in the news every night. Everyone is talking about the problem, but no one seems to have the answer. New laws and politicians are not the answer. You cannot legislate righteousness. You can preach righteousness. God’s people cannot be silent on the issues of the day. The world needs the Light desperately. It’s time to look to God’s Word for the solution.
For more in-depth content on this subject, the full audio of a recent sermon is at the end of this post.
God sees the world differently.
Most people in the world focus on differences and declare one segment of society better or more deserving than another.
One group is declared more worthy, deserving and therefore protected by special rules or unique liberties.
Rich vs. Poor
Old vs. Young
White vs. Black
American vs. Mexican
Police vs. Minority
There are much more examples of class warfare. I’m sure you can think of a few not listed here. While it is true that we have problems in each of these areas that need to be addressed, pitting one group against another is not the answer. We don’t need a revolution. We need revival!
Jesus taught that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. There are those that have found that inciting division is a way to increase their power and wealth. We must not fall for their devices. (more…)