Oh what manner of love…
Greater love hath no man than this…
I caught the mystery of this statement:
HE became a curse for the condemned…
He left all to save all.
What if HE had stayed?
Then there is a possibility that we might not know God as God.
This is because He came to show Himself.
Agape is the fourth word for love. It is a love that loves without changing. It is a self-giving love that gives without demanding or expecting repayment. It is love so great that it can be given to the unlovable or unappealing. It is love that loves even when it is rejected. Agape love gives and loves because it wants to; it does not demand or expect repayment from the love given. It gives because it loves; it does not love in order to receive. According to Alan Redpath, we get our English word agony from agape. “It means the actual absorption of our being in one great passion.” (Redpath) Strictly speaking, agape … can be defined as a sacrificial, giving, absorbing kind of love.
The word has little to do with emotion; it has much to do with self-denial for the sake of another.
I love you is NOT a statement.
It is meant to be a declaration of the truth.
Me. God. You
Whatever I cannot do to God
Whatever is not found in God
Whatever does not please God
Whatever is not of God…
…should not proceed from me to you. It is not until we come to the realization that God IS with us, in us, for us, working through us…that we will fully understand who HE IS.
John tells us 4:7-8
God IS love.
This is perhaps the shortest yet most precise definition in the era of mankind.
It is a culmination of ‘God’.
Even the Holy Spirit bears nine fruits; the chief of which is love…
Love is patient.
Recall the mob which brought the prostitute to Jesus? Mary at the tomb of Lazarus was still enshrined in doubt even in he presence of the Faithful and True One…
Love is kind.
Exhausted from teaching tens of thousands, Jesus could have sought he nearest diner to replenish himself. Instead he sought the nearest meal to satisfy the thousands…
Love is not selfish.
On the cross, our Lord ‘almost’ allowed the self.
Love kept HIM there…
Love is not proud.
He thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
Love is not arrogant.
Jesus owned the universe YET He paid His Taxes.
Love is not rude…
Brethren, ‘Papa’ Valentine did one thing. He defied the odds to allow love prevail…
He is remembered for it, for good
…he did it in love. 1 Cor. 13 (the chapter of love) describes love. Verse 8 concludes by informing us that LOVE NEVER FAILS!
Four more things love is: strong, believing, hopeful, and enduring. Spurgeon calls these four virtues love’s four sweet companions.
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
If you love yourselves, your marriage cannot fail.
As individuals, if we love our ‘neighbours’, our relationships will last forever
This is the only command God gave to us…
What are you doing about it?
How are you going about it?
Let us cast aside vague speeches and sweet words without action
Remember that your love is not linked to how long you have known HIM but on the intensity and intimacy of your relationship…
1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Without Faith we cannot please God…
Hope maketh not ashamed…
Love failed not…
The aforementioned are certificates/tickets to access God.
While the latter is the description of God Himself. 1 Cor.13:8a; 1 John 4:8
We love Him because He first loved us…