THE EXCELLENCE OF (AGAPE) LOVE

The Lord gave me a special word of wisdom 50 years ago that has been my life vest in a sea of anguish and pain.  Even though I was unchurched and Bible illiterate (except for Christmas, Easter, and movies I had seen about Jesus) fifteen years before I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior he said to me, “Open your heart and know my great love, open your mind and know my great wisdom.”  Did I understand what it meant, no, and neither did the friends I had who claimed they were Christians.  After I received the truth about Jesus and was told about being reborn in the Spirit, I began to understand as I read more and more of the Bible.  1Corinthians 13 embraces the meaning of those words.

The following is Paul’s love chapter copied from my Word of YHVH Bible (Click this link to go to the download page).

1CORINTHIANS 13

Note for 1Corinthians 13—The Greek word translated to love or charity is agapē. Strong’s Bible Dictionary defines agapē: “from G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.”

Galatians 5:22 tells us from where agape love comes. “22—But the fruit of His Spirit is (agape) love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23—humility, self-control: against such there is no law.”  The context in which agape is used in the “love” chapter is of agape love manifested by the Spirit of YHVH in the born again believer.

John 3:3—Jesus tells us how his and his Father’s love is manifested in each believer.  “3—Jesus answered and said to him, In truth, I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of YHVH.”  The most excellent kind of love is found only in the Spirit of YHVH and in the Kingdom of YHVH.

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1—Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not (agape) love, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2—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 (agape) love, I am nothing.
3—And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not (agape) love, it profits me nothing.
4—(Agape) love suffers long, [and] is kind; (agape) love envies not; (agape) love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, 5—does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6—rejoice not in iniquity, but rejoice in the truth; 7—bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8—(Agape) love never fails: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9—For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10—But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11—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. 12—For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13—And now abides faith, hope, (agape) love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] (agape) love.

Agape love is more precious than gold.  The English words, charity and love simply do not convey the heavenly wealth of agape love.   The world needs to see more of this kind of love from Christians so the world can see the Spirit in action like the people of the first century witnessed from Jesus and his disciples.  Granted, they suffered in the world for having and sharing agape love, but they will be rewarded for eternity in the presence of Jesus and YaHavah.  Though true Christians today suffer the blind “love and wisdom” of the world,  they too may look forward to eternity in the peaceful presence of Jesus and YaHavah.

About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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