Strong agape love

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“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16)

There are different meanings of love in the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek words used most often are agape and phileo. Agape means the deepest kind of love, while phileo means brotherhood type of love. The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, is named for this. So what does that mean in connection to the verse above?

If we have agape love for the things of the world, we cannot have agape love for God. It is either one or the other. If we lust after something, our focus is on that thing we lust after. Lust is not love. Lust tries to fulfill our physical and emotional wants. These can change like the direction of the wind. Love and lust for the things of the world come from the world; they are not from God.

So what kind of love does God give us? It’s a true love in the full form of agape. God loves us with the deepest kind of love possible. What would God do for us? He had done everything for us through Jesus. He gave the ultimate sacrifice because of his agape love for us. Receive it freely knowing that you are a beloved child of God.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I lust after things of the world. You have given me everything in Jesus, and I thank you from my heart. You are my all in all. Amen

Faith tip: Whenever you find yourself lusting after something, imagine the cross standing between you and the object of lust. Transform your pattern of thinking with the help of Jesus.

2 thoughts on “Strong agape love

  1. The brethren of The Messiah are but “aliens and pilgrims while the earth” for their “citizenship is in Heaven”! So it is that they are exhorted to “Love Not The World”!

    Why is it so difficult for the multitudes to “see” that ”the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”…….(I John 5:19)

    And so the multitudes will hear those woe-filled words, “Depart from Me, I never knew you…….” for they did not take heed unto The Word of Truth ;-(

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.”(IJohn2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James4:4)

    “Come Out of her, MY people”!

    Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease(no-peace),,etc,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life” all of which fuel the fires of mankind’s “imag”ination ;-(

    “Come out from among them and be separate”!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth……

    Truth IS, a lie never was and is not…….

    Abide in Truth……. francis

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