When reading the Bible, it may often be noticed that the Greek word “agape” (ag-ah’-pay) is not just translated as love, but is frequently translated as charity. The reason for this is really quite simple. Agape is the love feast; the feast that has plenty of love for all who come to dine, regardless of who comes or how hungry they are, and is always ready to give and provide more before it can even be requested.
Agape love is so all encompassing, so filling and over-bounding that the more it is given, the more it grows within the giver. Agape love is so great that the human spirit cannot help but give it away in generous, sometimes measureless amounts. How can this be?
1 John 4:8
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
God, Himself, is agape love. No human being can contain the heart of God within him/herself, so the agape love of God must be given away and allowed to freely flow through His children as vessels created in the image and likeness of the love that God is.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God loved (agapao) the world so much that He really had no choice but to give His only begotten Son, making His agape love the feast that it is. You may argue that God can choose anything. While your statement may be true, it is not accurate. God has already chosen to be faithful and true to Himself and to His Word. God is agape love. Agape love cannot help but overflow to all who are around. The only thing left is whether or not those around will choose to come to the feast and dine upon such total, selfless, complete and giving love; and whether or not we will chose to become such ourselves.
Agape love is fruit of Holy Spirit, and it is by agape love that those we meet will know we are followers of the Way of the Lord Jesus Christ. The free flow of the fruit agape love in our lives is how others will come to know and accept how much God freely loves and desires to give Himself to them.
- Fruit of Holy Spirit: Love…fruit and feast
- Fruit of Holy Spirit: Introduction and Hub Page
All Scripture is given in the American King James Version unless otherwise noted.
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