TOPIC : AGAPE – THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY
Scripture :1 Corinthians 12: 31. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 13: 1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Yesterday, we introduced the theme of our study for the month of November as ‘the more excellent way,’ and also established that the more excellent way is love. Today, we shall press further to see the more excellent way as Agape and also see its characteristics!
The opening scripture reveals that the more excellent way is love which the King James Version(KJV) renders as charity. The word love in Greek has four types;
A. Storge: It is the love that binds a family together (father, mother and siblings).
B. Eros: It is sexual love, it is erratic in nature and expires quickly
C. Phileo: it is relational love that exists as a result of being friends or relating with what gives you pleasure. This is why human beings can love their pets.
D. Agape: This is sacrificial love, the God kind of love that is described as the more excellent way. It comes to every one at the point of being born again! It is an operation of the Holy Spirit(Rom.5:5).
Every other love is natural but agape is spiritual hence it is volitional and you have to learn to love.
If it is Phileo you don’t need to learn, you just love people because they love you but in the case of Agape, you have to learn to love because you are to love the one that does not love you.
Agape love is not discriminatory: it has no regards for tribal ethnicity or language affiliations! It is not emotional hence your sense of judgement is not impaired or acts under certain influence.
Agape love esteems people inspite of their short comings. It is not conditional, it is not saying it is until you treat me in a certain way before I love you, hence it cannot fail.
Agape love has the following characteristics;
1.Patience(1Cor.13:4): It is volitional not emotional hence it can be patient more than the natural human love that is called Phileo.
2. It is kind(vs4) : If you are looking for a kind person, then look for someone with the love of God in his heart.
3. It does not envy(vs4): The more excellent way shows kindness without showing off. It does not boast, it is not proud. It works without discrimination nor prejudices.
4. It does not dishonor others(1Cor.13:5): It is not rude! it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Can you imagine that? But the natural human love keeps records of those who wrong them.
I have served under pastors that keep records of everyone that wrongs them, such that when they are handing over, the offence were also handed over to their successor. I have also tried to settle couples who keep making reference to past record of past offences with dates.
Beloved, you may not have a diary where you write offences but deep down inside you is a lot of offences piled up in the archive of your heart! This is sure not God’s way to love.
Beloved, the more excellent way is a way of love! And it is God kind of love. Human beings have a limit to their love but the God kind of love has no limit.
That is why it has to be learnt(Matt.11:29). You don’t assume it because it can only happen by the power of the Holy Ghost :
_Romans 5: 5. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Beloved, do you find it difficult to let go of offences? do you get easily provoked? Do you insist on having your way always? Is your love rude, envious and boils over easily?
Do you say you’re tired of so so person or that person? Then you need the Holy Spirit now to circumcise your heart again. You need the shedding of the love of God upon your heart afresh to be able to love like God loves. This is the agape kind of love.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real! The ticket to heaven is acquire only in Christ Jesus. Give your heart to Christ today!
Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today!
– Lord let your Holy Spirit shed the love of God upon my heart in Jesus name.
– I prophesy the release of the power of the Holy Spirit for supernatural flow of love of God into your heart in Jesus name.
– In this month of November, the Lord will perfect all that concerns you and you shall walk in victory in Jesus name.
From your brother Alex
God bless you real good
Happy New Month!!