Tag Archives: Agape

We are in the world but not of the world

We all know about the Exodus and how God delivered his people out of the hands of the Egyptians. How God set his people apart and made a clear distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians; “But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. (Exodus 11:7). Now the question is would people today be able to tell the difference between the holy and the common as mentioned in Leviticus? In other words can people perceive who is of God and who isn’t? “so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,” (Leviticus 10:10).

As Children of God we have automatically been set apart which means that our course of life and experiences will always be for the glory of God. This also means that here on earth we have a job to do that has been predetermined before we ever existed (Ephesians 2:10). Now this may be contrary to popular belief but this does not exempt us from problems, heartache and pain. However it does ensure that we don’t not walk through these problems alone, and guarantees our victory over every situation. To strengthen this argument I bring to your attention the time when Jesus had informed Simon that Satan had requested to “sift him as wheat”. Now we may not know how or to what degree Simon was sifted but we know that Jesus had assured him that he had already prayed for him to retain his faith and furthermore to strengthen his brothers once he has turned back. If Simon was meant to be overcome by this “sifting” Jesus wouldn’t have commissioned him to strengthen his brothers once he had overcome the issue (Luke 22:31-32) this shows us that we are overcomers.

“As Children of God we have automatically been set apart which means that our course of life and experiences will always be for the glory of God.”

God is Love

At one point Jesus was questioned as to what was the most important commandment for us to follow this was his answer; “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:29 -30) this was then followed by; “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31). Here Jesus is explaining to us that we need to replicate the very nature of God which is Love, this is how people will be able to perceive that we are indeed from God. Now please note that this type of love is not our perception of love as we know it. We live in a broken world and this perception may have been manipulated. It is however the love of God within us that we are sharing to those that are so desperately hungry for it.

You will know them by their fruit

It is important that we have a sober judgement when dealing with people, God knows the heart of all people and thus knows how to demonstrate this love to everyone of his children through you. As Christians we are constantly being watched and judged by our works, therefore we need to be aware that everywhere we go we are demonstrating Christ. If you need to feel the love of God ask him to show you his love so that you can then transfer this love unto others as we have been commissioned.

Blessings,

Nathalie

Righteousness..What’s Love got to do with it

How to Love

“If you love me, keep my commands” John 14:15. Such a powerful message Jesus gave his followers yet so simple. If it is simple then why aren’t we doing it? In today’s world if you ask the average christian “do you love Christ?” we would answer “yes” in an almost offensive tone. But do we actually understand what it means to love the Lord or how the Lord perceives love?

In today’s society we have a system called ‘Love Languages’. This now allows us to categorise people and put them in boxes so that we know how to keep them “happy”. This blog is not to bash any method but I believe that when its says in the Bible to love my neighbour as myself it should be as straight forward as that. As it says in the book of Mark 12:31;”The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” So every time we believe that we are portraying love we need to ask ourselves; are we loving this person (our neighbour) as ourselves.

Love Types

The word ‘Love’ has been categorised into 4 different areas; Storge – Empathy, Philia – Friendship, Eros – Romantic and Agape – unconditional ‘God’ Love. Do we know that God loves us unconditionally? This is re-enforced by the infamous scripture of John 3:16; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I believe that the type of love we are commanded to show our ‘neighbour would be the Agape type of love, where we are not asking for some type of exchange before we show love.

Hurting Heart

Unfortunately due to sin in the world, people including members of the church may struggle to demonstrate this type of love due to past experiences that taints our perception of love and how we give it. Personally I know this feeling and its restraints, however when I surrendered to Christ I was assured that this was not something that would come from my own strength but from God himself so that he can reach his desired result for my life. This is so clearly demonstrated in Proverbs 3:6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight“. Let’s remember this is not to walk in condemnation but to acknowledge, repent and submit to God to help us.

…however when I surrendered to Christ I was assured that this was not something that would come from my own strength but from God himself..

Isn’t it great that if we walk in his ways and love like him along with our faith, we are ultimately walking in righteousness! whatever situation you are walking in today, let us all remember that it is not in our own strength, but we need to ask God to help us love. This could be our family members, husband, wife, ex-friend even our boss. A willing heart is pleasing to God. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12.

Blessed week to all!

Nathalie