The Greatest of These is LOVE!

Today I am going to blog to me!  It is always better to judge yourself rather than to attempt to judge someone who has said something against you.  If you can gain anything from my message to me, that is fine.  Otherwise know I’m not talking about you.  Sometimes I think it is just good to review stuff that I know to be right so that I can put them into practice and that is what I’ll attempt to do today.

 1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, LOVE, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.

 This is one of the greatest verses in the KJV Bible, but I had to fix two words.  These words in KJV of the Bible were translated as “charity” and that is not a word that means the same as what God is saying.  Charity in my mind is what many give to, to get a tax deduction.  But this Greek word translated as “charity” is a unique word that describes a much greater spiritual truth.  The Greek word is “agape” and it is a plural word that implies a continual process of never ending love.  It can actually mean a “love feast”.  A feast is an over abundance of something good.  In our world I can feast on dinner or desert.  But this is the God kind of love and it implies a spiritual feast of a force which cannot be compared with anything else I have on this earth. 

 1Jn 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 I can see from this verse that God is “Agape” and “Agape” is God!  To BE “Agape” is a powerful expression of the character and attributes that make up everything that God IS!  God does NOT have love, God IS Love and there is a huge difference.  If I only have love for my wife, then there is a chance that I could change my mind.  If I am love to my wife then I am committed no matter what happens.  The God kind of love is a commitment.  So many times people look at love as an emotion or a feeling and this is not the God kind of LOVE!  God did not come to the earth and die for our sins because He felt like it.

 Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 I have learned that the God kind of love gives, even though it is tough and you don’t feel like it or even when someone does you wrong or says bad things about you or even hurts you.  Jesus experienced all of these things multiplied by a factor of a thousand and yet as he hung on the cross, he prayed that God would forgive them, because they didn’t know what they were doing.  That is a powerful example that I strive to live by.

 1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not LOVE, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 This verse tells me that I can write the best blog that I can write and share great knowledge and revelation, but if I do it in the wrong way I am just perceived to be a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.  In other words I am just making a noise not worthy of being heard.  There are too many blogs on the internet like that.  Too many people sounding off with a noise.  I will not be like those, I want to look different, sound different and be different.  So I will endeavor to do a better job at speaking the truth in love.

 Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 So what is the God kind of Love?  I know it is not a human love.  It is not a natural love and it doesn’t come easy.  However, everyone that has been born again has this love on the inside of them.  I am responsible to let this love shine out or it will remain hidden.  The God kind of love is a conscious, deliberate, intentional act of doing the right thing even though my flesh wants to hit you.  That is tough sometimes. 

 The God Kind of Love IS:

  • Giving
  • Patient
  • Kind

 The God Kind of Love:

  • Bears all things
  • Believes the Best
  • Hopes for the Best in Everyone
  • Puts Others First
  • Seeks Good for Others
  • Endures all things
  • Never Fails

 The God Kind of Love IS NOT:

  • Easily Provoked
  • Envious
  • Selfish
  • Proud
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About agapegeek

Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on March 1, 2010, in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Understanding and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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