Agape Love

God Gold of the Day

“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”/1 Corinthians 13:3-7

Heard some pretty awesome stuff in class today about love that really opened my eyes to love in a whole new light. I honestly don’t have too much to share besides a few notes just going in-depth on each way this passage from 1 Corinthians describes love. I’ve never been one to send out lessons when I send y’all these but this lesson is a game changer and as much as it’s helped me today I pray it can be of some encouragement to you also and this great love we share with God can be seen throughout our lives and the world around us!

  • There’s 4 different Greek words that refer to love/ the type of love mentioned above and throughout much of the New testament is “Agape”
  • Agape love- a totally unselfish love that comes from God alone/ the type of love that chooses to continue selflessly loving someone even when he or she makes it difficult. Christ’s sacrifice and His love model what it means to choose to love.

How does a believer walk in love? Strive to walk as Jesus walked. What is love? How can we take inventory of the love in our life and the love we show towards others by being aware of what this Godly love contains. I know it’s hard to be aware of how we love if we aren’t completely sure what love looks like, especially when we are told a million different things of what love is by this world we live in. Let’s see what God’s love looks like so we can magnify this great and awesome love!!!!

  • Love suffers long”- love controls a person to help them live, work, and love as the Lord has commanded us
  • Love is kind”- it doesn’t resent evil/ it is kind, giving, showering favors on a person even if they neglect or do evil towards you or others (Rom. 12:10)
  • Love does not envy”- it’s not jealous/ does not attack or downplay success of others/ Love shares, enjoys, and rejoices in experiences of one another (Gal. 5:26)
  • Love is not boastful”– it doesn’t seek recognition or applause from others/ it seeks to yield, applause and recognize others (Rom. 12:3)
  • Love is not puffed up”- it’s not prideful, arrogant, or conceited/ doesn’t think or act as oneself is above others/ Love is modest, humble, recognizes others before self (Matt. 18:4)
  • Love does not behave rudely”- it does nothing to shame oneself/ does everything out of honor and respect/ orderly, controlled (Phil. 1:10)
  • Love is not selfish”- doesn’t exist primarily for one’s own rights/ seeks to serve others not having others serve oneself (1 Cor. 10:24)
  • Love is not easily provoked”- angered, ready to take offence/ love controls the emotions and never becomes angered without a cause (Col. 3:8)
  • Love does not think evil”- it’s not resentful, love suffers the evil done to it and forgets all about it (Matt. 5:39)
  • Love doesn’t rejoice in iniquity”- doesn’t rejoice in evil or wrongdoing/ love doesn’t take pleasure in sin of others (Gal. 6:1)
  • Love rejoices in the truth”- when the truth is known and rooted in foundation in other’s lives/ Love never covers or hides the truth (Eph. 4:25)
  • Love bares all things”- love has no pleasure in wrong or weaknesses of others (Eph. 4:2-3)
  • Love believes all things”- love sees the best, willing to believe the best/ love sees and understands all circumstances (Luke 17:4)
  • Love hopes all things”- love expects the good to eventually triumph and gain the victory/ refuses to accept failure (Rom. 8:24)
  • Love endures all things”- “endures”- military word meaning to stand against the attack of the enemy/ Love is strong built with fortitude and fight/ Love conquers and triumphs always because it endures all things/ no matter what love is attacked by or how bad it continues to love

Love is an action word—> Love is a behavior, walk, way of life

Jesus laid His love down for me and you on the cross displaying the most beautiful form of love. The main word I kept seeing was selfless. Jesus gave us the perfect example, He laid down His life for me and you. While we were sinners, undeserving of such a great love, He loved. According to Jesus, love is the greatest thing in all of life, will we lay down our selves and let this love of God bring us into the fullness of life through Him and the power it brings? Will we love?

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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