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is one very important reason why Jesus came from heaven to be tempted
tried like we are, then to give His sinless life to pay the penalty for
our sins. There is one way the world can tell that we are Jesus’
There is one thing more important than gifts and prophecy. That one
is agape, the Divine Love of God. To have peace, joy, comfort and power
in eternal life which, begins at the new birth, we must all be full of
For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting
Matthew 22:37,39; John 13:34,35; 15:9-19; 1
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
34 A new commandment I
give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
you, that ye also love one another.
9 As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My
35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have
love one to another.
10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love: even as I
have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in
you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is My commandment. That ye love one another, as I have loved
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-8
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
(agape), I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
| 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand
and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, 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 charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
Even when our natural children
rule we give them, we still love them. If an offspring chooses to sever
the ties with parents completely, moves miles away or commits crimes or
renounces any connection with his parents, most moral parents will
love their wandering child and all he has to do to be once again in the
family is to repent and come home. (The repentance is necessary
his side, else he will not choose to return.) Our heavenly Father
makes every effort to call us back to Himself with an everlasting,
love. And as the recipients of His love, He wants us to love others. We
cannot please and show our love for Him without having love for all our
Christian brothers and sisters and a genuine concern (love)
for the lost.
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1. WHAT ARE THE
MEANINGS OF THE WORD “LOVE”?
a) Fondness or brotherly affection (phileo).
The Greek word Phileo is translated "love" four times in John 21:15-17.
Twice, Jesus asked Peter if he had agape love for Him
both times, Peter responded with, "Yes, I phileo love you." The
third time Jesus only asked if Peter had phileo love. The word means:
be fond of, to have affection for, hold dear.
b) The Divine Love of
This is the word used to describe the love God has for His choicest
creation, man. This is that love that caused Jesus to give His sinless
life to pay the ransom for His sinful creation. This is the love that
the second mile, gives the last dollar to help someone more needy,
the all time possible trying to win souls to Jesus, responds to the
of strangers as quickly as to its own needs. This love completely
compassion, but it is much more. It is also more than concern or
In fact, it is beyond our human limited language to properly define, so
we simply call it "Divine Love or the Love of God."
2. HOW DO WE OBTAIN
THIS LOVE OF GOD?
a) By believing God’s Word
"As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My
Love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love: even as I
have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love." (John
While God loved all mankind with an undying love, and sent His only
begotten Son into the world to live, be tempted suffer like man and
to die to pay the penalty for our sins, (John 3:15-17) he did tell us
we have to do to receive His free dispensation of love and grace. Those
who reject His love become targets of His anger.
(See John 3:36.)
The dispensation of grace is the dispensing of the love of God upon us
and is confirmed first by our receiving the Holy Spirit of which the
evidence in the Bible as today, is speaking in tongues. When we are
with and full of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for us not to have a
heart full of divine love for all our fellow man.
b) By exercising our
love for our fellow man.
When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment (Matthew
22:36-40), He replied that the most important was to love God and
next was like unto it, that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Unless
can and do obey these commandments of love, we cannot receive the love
of God ourselves.
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you,"
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I
have loved you, that ye also love one another."
"By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love
(agape) one to another." (John 13:35).
3. HOW VITAL IS OUR
EXERCISE OF GOD’S LOVE TO OUR OWN SALVATION?
a) More important than the Gifts of the
"Though I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, and have not
translated charity, but actually, Divine Love of God] … And though
I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries, and all
and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
not agape, I am nothing," (1 Corinthians
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the Apostle Paul points out that it is much more important for us to be
full of the Divine love of God than to have the gifts of Tongues or
or Discernment or even Faith enough to see mountains moved at our word.
But why is this true?
Without God's Love in our
hearts, the gift of Prophecy and the gift
of Tongues and Interpretation and of Discernment may be misused to
and put down other brothers and sisters in the church, bringing
while the same prophecy or interpretation or word of knowledge given in
a spirit of Love brings Repentance and a closer walk with the Lord.
And Faith, used in
bitterness, envy or pride, may generate more
bitterness, envy or pride, all of which may serve to separate us from
brothers and sisters in Christ and, even worse, from our Lord.
b) More important
than giving to "Charity".
"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give
my body to be burned, and have not charity (agape, the Divine Love
God), it profiteth me nothing."
(1 Corinthians 13:3).
Donations to "Charity"
given without the Love of God may bring ungodly
pride in the giver and may also bring contempt or anger if the
does not respond with the degree of gratitude and recognition the giver
thinks is warranted. And the person or group receiving the charitable
or gifts, may have a feeling of indebtedness or even enslavement. But
when given in the spirit of the Divine Love of God and meekness,
the gift becomes something that draws the receiver and the giver
in love and honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus.
c) Leads to
bearing the “Fruits of the
"Agape, (God's Divine Love) suffereth long,
and is kind; … envieth not … vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the
Beareth all things, believeth all things, endureth all things." (1
"But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…." (Galatians
When our lives are motivated by the Divine
Love of God, we will naturally be living examples of the Love of
God, of which Jesus, Himself, was the only perfect example. We cannot
but be longsuffering, gentle, patient, joyful, content, and good.
we love our fellow man, we cannot envy what he has, nor wish him harm,
nor attempt to bring him under subjection to our own wills. It is part
of being a "new creature in Christ Jesus…" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
4. HOW LASTING IS DIVINE LOVE?
a) God’s Divine Love is everlasting.
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea I have loved thee
with an everlasting love: Therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn
never faileth…" (1 Corinthians 13:8)
From the time of Adam and Eve’s sin, God’s Love was making
for reconciliation between selfish, self-seeking mankind and Himself.
Bible history, God's people were ever turning their backs on Him
and rebelling against Him, yet whenever they would repent and cry out
Him for mercy, His Love responded with an extension of His Grace.
"…when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son…" (Galatians
. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
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b) Our Love for others never
"Agape, (the Divine Love of
God) never faileth…," (1 Corinthians
13:8). The Apostle Paul here has been talking about the necessity
our having the Divine Love of God in our lives. It is in this same
that he now declares that the Divine Love of God extended through us
fails. So long as we allow God’s Love to flow through us, it can never
fail because His love is everlasting.
5. EVIDENCE TO THE
WORLD OF YOUR SALVATION.
a) "By this shall all men know that ye are My
if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34, 35).
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with
a pure heart fervently." (1
Jesus declared that we shall be known as His disciples if our agape
love to other believers is evident. Peter declared to the saints (in
case, strangers to him) in Asia Minor that he knows they are obeying
truth because of their love for the brethren and exhorted them to
in that love.
Finally, it was
to the church in Philadelphia, a name meaning "brotherly love", that
Lord sent only blessings and commendation because they had kept
word. (See Revelation 3:7-13). While all the other churches
found lacking in one or more points, the church in the city of
love" was commended for having "kept My word" and had evidently so
their city that its previous name was forgotten because the majority
"brotherly love", an extension of the Love of God.
Wherever you are, it will be well to examine yourself. Does your
look upon your church as one which is an example of the Love of God
Brotherly Love? Are souls coming into the church because they see the
of the spirit, the evidence of Love in your midst? Is the Love of God
the saints out into the byways and hedges between services with the
to return with many new souls at the next service time? Is the Love of
God causing you to reach out to help the fatherless, the widows, the
the down-and-outer with material help as well as spiritual? Can the
at large tell that you are Jesus' disciples because of your love one to