Agape love, the great feast of the love of God that we are not only called, but created, to be. It does not matter how many earthly languages we speak or can tell others about God with, it does not even matter if we can do so with the tongues of the angels, without love, all our telling is just noisome clanging. It does not amount to much of anything at all if we are adept at giving edifying and encouraging words to others, even if they are from the very heart of God, if we do not love, these words will ring hollow. We might even understand the deepest of mysteries, and be able to explain and demonstrate much vast knowledge and understanding, but it is meaningless if we do not love the way God loves. Even if we have the faith to go outside and command a mountain to move, and the mountain is indeed moved and dumped into the sea, it means nothing if we do not have agape love flowing through our lives. Even if we give all we have, and all that we are to the poor and those in need, it is meaningless if we do not have the Holy Spirit fruit of agape love providing an abundant harvest in our lives.
Many do great and wonderful works and say, “See, this is how you do it.”
The Word of God tells us, no matter what we do, if we do not love with the purposeful love feast of agape love, we are nothing; and no matter how much or how great the works we do may be, it profits us nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
Reflect upon the above questions that people who seemed to have done many good works will ask our Lord Jesus Christ at the Judgment, think about them. How could these people, who did these seemingly good things in the name of our Lord, be called workers of iniquity? How can someone have done all these things in the Name of Jesus and be told to depart from our Lord, being told He never knew them?
To know God, through our Lord Jesus Christ is to know through an intimately close relationship. If we have an intimately close relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, then we have an intimately close relationship with love, for God is love (1 John 4:8). Remember Moses, when he would come from spending time with God? Remember how Moses had to cover his face because while being with God, the presence and glory of God saturated the face of Moses? Moses was marked by the glory of the God he spent time with, and had a close, intimate relationship with. So must we be marked by the love of the God who gave us life in Christ Jesus. The love of God in us must be so strong that it would have to be purposely hidden for others to not know that we are indeed the seed of the Living God.
1 John 3:14-18
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.
15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But whoever has this world’s good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1 John 4:7-16
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.
8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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.
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.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
The world will not know we are followers of the Way of the Lord Jesus Christ by our kindness, by miracles wrought through us, or by the language we use, whether of men or of angels. The world will know we are of God by the love we have for God, and the love we have for one another. The world will know we are of God by the love we have for our neighbor, regardless of their spiritual state – be it harmony or rebellion – because they are also made in the image and likeness of God. God so loved all of us in this world that He gave His Son; and as we are born again, becoming the sons and daughters of God, He has also given us.
If we do not have the agape love feast of Holy Spirit, then we are not of the Spirit of God, and therefore, not of God. No matter how many, or how great and mighty the works we do, and no matter if we even do them in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, if we do not do them because we love God, and because we love those God has blessed us with meeting (regardless of who and how they are), then we do the works for naught. If there is no agape love, the fruit of agape love will not abound, and therefore, the life of God will not be reproduced.
We do not do works for the sake of works, for the sake of others, or for the sake of securing a more glorious place in heaven; we do the works because the love of God in us cannot help but do the works. The agape love feast must be so abundant within us that the love of God does not just leak from us, but flows from us as a life giving river of abundance for all in need, whatever the need.
- Fruit of Holy Spirit – Introduction and Hub Page
- Fruit of Holy Spirit: Love…fruit and feast
- Fruit of Holy Spirit: The Charity of Love
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