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Offline Derek1955

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Our love must be as God's love.
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:24:22 AM »

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Agape love is the only kind of love which makes us Holy, and without Holiness no man shall see God. (Heb 12:14) 'Follow peace with all men, with holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.'

The love Paul describes in his first letter to the Corinthians is not the emotional and sentimental versions poured out non-stop by today's media but is a true Agape love which is a self-giving and self-sacrificial kind of love and it is this love which he reveals as being 'A more excellent way'.

Agape love is the highest level of love known to humanity. It is a selfless love that is all-embracing, universal and unconditional that transcends and persists regardless of circumstance and is passionately committed to the well-being of others.
Paul instructs that if we are without agape love we have nothing and our words, even when speaking in tongues, are as sounding brass or tinkling symbols. Worthless, in fact. Prophetic gifts mean nothing without love and neither does faith or good works or charitable giving because without love, all we do becomes self-serving.

The task of all Christians is to embrace the self-sacrificing and self giving agape love which flows from God through Christ and the Holy Spirit and to make it our own, and thereby follow a more excellent way of life that leads us unerringly into the kingdom of God. The perfect example is the agape love of Jesus when He willingly and unstintingly sacrificed himself for the sins of an undeserving world.

The 1 Corinthians 13 which follows is authored by Paul the Apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus. This chapter perfectly covers the subject of agape love and in the original Greek, the word ἀγάπη agape is used throughout.

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. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; where there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
 

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Re: Our love must be as God's love.
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2020, 05:26:42 PM »
Hi Derek
Thank you for an excellent post a blessing to all who read it yes LOVE is everything God is Love would like to ask why you did not include the last two verses.

1Co 13:12  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 
1Co 13:13  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.      


The last verse says it all don't you think.

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2020, 08:01:15 AM »
How do we embrace the love of Christ and let it flow through us to others?

Paul discribed the condition of every Christian when he wrote, the good that I want to do I don't do, while the evil I don't want to do I do.

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2020, 10:48:54 AM »
Hi John
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   How do we embrace the love of Christ and let it flow through us to others           

Good question the only answer I can think of is as the body of Christ  we must follow his example he humbled himself he came as a servant to all mankind.
And we as his body must do the same to Saint and sinner alike we must show the love of God in us to the world to show them a better way the only way only Love can save the world and God is Love.

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2020, 01:08:52 PM »
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'Agape love is the only kind of love which makes us Holy,'

This is a strange thing to say, @Derek 1955.  What do you mean by it?

With love in Christ Jesus
Chris

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