Word for Today:  October 31

Agape is the God-kind of love.

It is characteristic of God and it is totally self-less.  It is a deliberate assent of the will… it is released by choice.  This kind of love is the underlying characteristic of God and it is this kind of love that is imputed to every believer at the time of Regeneration.  Paul said (in 1 Corinthians 13) that Love (Agape) is more important than:

  • Speaking in Tongues
  • the Gift of Prophecy
  • Understanding (revelation)
  • Mountain-moving Faith
  • Giving to the poor
  • Dying a Martyr

Love is an affection and not an emotion.  Love is a choice.  Love is a decision you make.  Love is deliberate.  Love is active.  Love moves from Word to deed.

  • Love is not impatient but, instead, longsuffering.
  • Love is not envious of others.
  • Love is not self-centered, proud, haughty or puffed up.
  • Love is not conceited.
  • Love is not rude or crude.
  • Love is not touchy or fretful or resentful.
  • Love takes no account of the evil done to it.
  • Love does not rejoice at the failures of others.
  • Love believes the best of every person.
  • Love bears up under anything that comes.
  • Love endures every hardship without weakening. (1Cor 13 Amp)

The opposite of love is not hate… it is selfishness.  The most important product of the Christian faith is Love.  It has more significance and substance than anything that anyone can do, say or profess.  It is the primary characteristic of our faith and our salvation.  The incredible thing is we can all do this.  We can all choose to love.   It is not restricted to some high level of Christian achievement or some special gift from God.  The God-Kind of love is imputed into every believer and every believer has the privilege of giving it away.  And this One Thing will change everything.

Love never fails

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