Christian Love? Bible Study on Agape Love?
The importance of Agape Love to the Christian! Christian Love is Eternal!
Agape (ah-gah-pay) is the major word used for Godly "love" in the New Testament. This lens explores the meanings and uses of the words in the Bible and links many resources for the reader. There are three major Greek words which can be translated as "love" in English, each with different implications. The two most common were eros(which refers to sexual love), and philos (which means friendship or brotherly love). Eros is not actually found in the New Testament, but philosoccurs 26 times.
Among Christians, agape came to mean the unearned love God had for people - a love so great that God was willing to send his only begotten son to suffer and die on our behalf.
John 3:16 AMPLIFIED BIBLE For God so greatly loved (AGAPE) and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life
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Agape Love Feature Sermon
Christian Love Sermon
(Source: Sermon Central - Agape Love)
by George Dillahunty
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
Mount Olive A.M.E. Zion Church
5567 County Line Road (Riverdale Community)
New Bern, North Carolina 28562
March 12, 2005
Text: John 13:34 (King James Version)
"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
Topic: Agape Love!
Someone once said, "[Jesus] came singing love - [Jesus] lived singing love - [Jesus] died singing love - [Jesus] ascended into silence: If the song is to continue - we must do the singing!"
The beloved Disciple and Apostle John, in John 15:13 (KJV), records Jesus, the Christ, saying: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." The Twentieth Century New Testament (TCNT), tells it this way: "No one can give greater proof of love than by laying down his life for his friends." Jesus, the Christ, called us "friends" - if, we keep His commandments! The Apostle John went on to say, in 1 John 4:7-10 (KJV): "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (vs. 8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (vs. 9) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (vs. 10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." The word "propitiation" means: atonement!
We certainly did not deserve Almighty God's love - it was, in point of fact, unmerited love - it was "Agape Love"! The poet, Beverly J. Anderson, penned these beautiful words - which, in my opinion, capture the essence of Almighty God's "Agape Love":
***"How matchless is God's wondrous love.
***It's higher than the sky above.
***It's deeper than the deepest sea
***And lasts through all eternity.
***No limitations has God's love,
***So full His storehouse up above.
***God's love can span a boundless chart,
***And yet I hold it in my heart."
The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV), tells the church at Corinth and us: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (vs. 5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (vs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (vs. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (vs. 8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
The great American evangelist, William Franklin "Billy" Graham (Born: 1918), once said, "Life WITH Christ is ENDLESS LOVE; WITHOUT Him it is a LOVELESS END." Walking in the Light - walking in the way of Christ - my brothers and sisters - is faith in action - and, it brings joy and peace to the hearts of all mankind - both male and female!
Tell me, my brothers and sisters, "Are you a participator or are you an absentee Christian? Are you a pillar of the church or are you a pew sleeper? Are you a promoter of Almighty God's agenda or are you a provoker in Satan's agenda? Are you a "cheerful giver" or are you an unhappy taker? Are you a soldier of the Cross or are you a sorehead in a "sin-sick" world? Are you a "friend" of Jesus, the Christ, or are you a fault-finder in Satan's army? Are you a doer of Almighty God's word or are you a stumbling-block in the way of Almighty God's Word? Are you a worker in the Lord's vineyard or are you a worrier unable to accomplish anything for Almighty God? Are you a helper in the church or a hinderer to "Kingdom" building?" Tell me, what are you doing to prove your love for Almighty God? He proved His love for us by giving His only-begotten Son - who knew no sin - to become our sins - just so we could be restored to a right relationship with our Heavenly Father! That's "Agape Love" - unmerited love - my brother and sisters - that is Almighty God's love!
Don't be a "hitvh-hiker" in Almighty God's Church - don't "freeload" at the expense of others in the church - Be honest and do what you can to support the work of the church - the work of Almighty God! Always remember this: The church has expenses just like each and every one of us have expenses - Don't let the church bills become delinquent by staying at home or by not doing what Almighty God requires of us! In Micah 6:8 (NLT), the Prophet Micah tells us: "No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
Listen to the words of the Old Testament Prophet Haggai, as he speaks to us from Haggai 1:2-11 (NLT): "This is what the Lord Almighty says. The people are saying, 'The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house - the Temple.' (vs. 3) So the Lord sent this message through the Prophet Haggai. (vs. 4) Why are you living in luxurious houses while My House lies in ruins? (vs. 5) This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! (vs. 6) You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes. (vs. 7) This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! (vs. 8) Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild My House. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. (vs. 9) You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. (vs. 10) That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. (vs. 11) I have called for a drought on your fields and hills - a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get."
It does not pay to play - my brothers and sisters - it does not pay to play church - it does not pay to play with Almighty God - why? Because everything belongs to Him - we just have "His Stuff" on loan; and, each and every one of us will be held accountable to Almighty God for what we have done with "His Stuff"!
The Old Testament Prophet Malachi, in Malachi 3:8-10 (NLT), tells us: "Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated Me! But you ask, 'What do you mean? When did we ever cheat You?' You have cheated Me of the tithes and offerings due to Me. (vs. 9) You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating Me. (vs. 10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. 'If you do,' says the Lord Almighty, 'I will open the windows of Heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let Me prove it to you!'"
Why not be a "true" Christian worker - why not eradicate or do away with all of the wrong - why not be faithful in the giving of your time, your talent, and your money to promote the work of Almighty God in His "House of Prayer"? It's not my work - it's not your work - it's not our work - it is His work and we need to be about our Father's business! We certainly will not be sorry for making that decision - why? Because Almighty God has promised that it will go well with us - and, the "Good News" is this: Almighty God never breaks His promises! Unlike mankind - both male and female - Almighty God will do exactly what He says He will do!
The late great American evangelist, William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862 - 1935) once said, "The church is not a dormitory for sleepers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front-line trench [in the battlefield of spiritual warfare]." The late great English essayist, critic and reformer, John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) once said, "When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." The late great German poet and dramatist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) once said, "I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving...to act is easy; to think is hard..."!
The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:8 (NLT), tells the church at Philippi and us: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
Christian Love (sermon continued)
In John 3:16 (KJV), the Apostle John records Jesus, the Christ, saying: "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." It is because of Almighty God's "Agape Love" - unmerited love - that we can all say with absolute assurance and certainty, "It's all about Him - it's all up to Him - He is my all in all!" Can you say that today? Have you accepted Almighty God's "free gift" of Salvation? - the product of His "Agape Love"!
In closing, this morning, listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah, as Almighty God speaks to us from Isaiah 44:22 (NLT): "I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free!" As I take my seat, can you say, in the words of the great gospel singer, songwriter and preacher, Andrae Crouch (Born: 1940), "Soon and very soon we are going to see the King"? This Grammy and Dove Award-winning African- American tells us in his song, that when we see the King - [that is to say, the "King of Kings" - the "Lord of Lords" - Jesus, the Christ] - there will be "no more cryin'" - there will be "no more dyin'" [where Jesus is]!
As I take my seat, listen to the words of this old church song, written by an unknown author, entitled "Something Has Happened To Me":
***"Once I was heedless and cold as a stone
***No Spirit within me could be
***But I have opened up the fountain
***And, now it's running free
***Oh, something has happened to me.
***Oh something has happened that I cannot explain
***It must be Jesus in me Oh praise His Holy Name
***I can sing and shout with glee,
***For my spirit now is free
***Oh, something has happened to me.
***I may not have silver, may not have gold
***But Christ is the foremost in me
***I am anchored firm in Jesus
***And more than glad to be
***For something has happened to me.
***I live now for Jesus I'm happy, glad and free
***Jesus is with me, Oh what victory
***I'll reign with Him forever
***He can depend on me
***For something has happened to me."
Whoever wrote it, to you goes the credit, for I did not write it myself!
May Almighty God richly and abundantly bless each and every one of you!
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