June 6, 2016

The Healing Power of Love, part 2


“Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.” (aboutreligion.org)

Gotquestions.org defines agape as lofty and moral. It’s the essence of benevolence and goodwill.

Agape is the Greek term used in 1 Corinthians 13, the definitive chapter on the importance of love. Let’s look at some of the verses:

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

Verse 1--If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a cymbal.

Verse 4—Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Verse 8—Love never fails.

Verse 13—And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I referred to my friend Little John’s words in my last article.  My friend said that agape deepens our wisdom and fills us with God’s character. Let's look at some more of his thoughts on the subject. (Once again, I have added headings and left out some of the text for the purposes of clarity and conciseness.):

Love is powerful.

It is God’s (true love’s) purpose, to flow through us and among us with unadulterated power, passion and purpose.

Love requires humility.

For true love to flow through us and be contained in us requires absolute humility, trust, loyalty, equanimity, faithfulness and fealty. It is no coincidence that true love is as much a mystery, and as difficult to attain, as God’s presence.

Love overcomes all doubt and fear.

This is the battle of the doubtful mind: to live according to the fears of your survival instinct and the world that has been formed from it, or to overcome it and live in the freedom of God’s absolute love. 

There is no doubt in a mind that knows the absolute truth of God and has overcome the survival instinct of the flesh.

Only when we realize we can never overcome the reality of “the world” that is full of doubt and the battle between good and evil with our own might or willpower, and can only step aside from it and live in God’s reality of true love, will we grow in supernatural strength and overcome the reality of the world.

Love fights the darkness.

You can’t beat a bad influence by fighting against it. You can only walk away in love and let your life in love be the example.

Love provides.

When you absolutely believe in the supernatural reality of God and His love, then the only step from there is to put your absolute trust and faith in His love, and the desire of His love, to fill your heart with absolute love, peace and joy and provide for all you needs--not your wants. He will always provide for you more than you can imagine when you live for love with all you are and are yet to be--not for money or things.

My Conclusion

The spiritual light of unconditional (agape) love heals, provides, and overrides fear. It fills us with power and glory.

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