“... the goal of our instruction is love ...” (1 Tim. 1:5).
We should read carefully 1 John 3:10: “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” Think about it? Whomever does not love his brother is not part of God’s family! I think this should be written in red (and underlined) in our personal journals. Where do we stand on this?
2. Agape love is the “TEST” of having the zoe life of God in us:
I would like to challenge all of you to “gird up the loins of your mind” and try to capture the spiritual depth with which the apostle writes about the subject of love in 1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” This should give us chills! “He who does not love abides in death.” The word “abides” – seems to indicate affiliation with death. This should cause us to pause and make us think. The spiritual transformation caused by the agape love in us is found in 1 John 4:12, “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” God – the only uncreated Being is the giver of life. If He gives us life we have it, if He does not give us zoe life then we don’t have it. The very proof that we possess zoe life is a natural agape love for one another. It is as simple as that. Or is it still not simple for many of us? I would be curious to hear your opinion.
3. Agape love is the “TEST” of the knowledge of God:
I hope you remember the essay I wrote some time ago about the essence of the eternal life. I would like to briefly mention a few things from that essay. Based on John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” We can affirm that the essence of eternal life is the experiential knowledge of God and His Son – Jesus Christ by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what the apostle of love emphasizes in 1 John 4:8, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” In other words, only agape love manifested in us is the evidence that we really know God. Nothing else can be the proof for this; no religion, no philosophy, only agape love.
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I hope and pray that we will never forget that spiritual growth is not a seminar or a good sermon, but it is the manifestation of the very nature of God – love, and the display of Christ’s image in each of us. Ultimately, it is up to us to walk on this more excellent way of agape love. As Paul concludes his thoughts on spiritual gifts in chapter 12, “But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). It is interesting that, in chapter 13, after pouring his thoughts on agape love, in chapter 14, Paul continues, “Pursue love . . .” (1 Corinthians 14:1a). There is no other more worthy goal than this. What are you pursuing? So help us God in Christ through the Holy Spirit to pursue love and only love. Amen!
With love in Christ's service,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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 The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.
“Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.” –Kind David (Psalm 26:2)
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” –King Solomon (Proverbs 4:23)
2. Emotions and Spiritual Growth
“How are you?” This is a question we hear or ask more often than any other questions. When we are asked this question, more often than not, we don’t pause and think about it; we just answer short canned answers, like: “Good!” “Fine!” “All right!” “Pretty good!” “Quite well!” The reality is that people don’t have time for deeper conversations. Therefore many settle for shallow relationships with other human beings and with God. But, if we would really take the time and think deeper about how we really are, would our answer be different? Ponder upon: What are we thinking about? How we are really feeling? What is the true state of our emotional life? So, let me ask you again: “How are you?” How would you answer now?
Take a few moments and meditate upon your life’s experiences. Dig a little deeper, go further into the past. How about the time when your father scolded you for no apparent reason? When your mother raised her voice and lashed at you in anger? When your big brother broke your favorite toy? When you big sister stole your most favorite doll? How about when your teacher gave you a bad grade even though you studied so hard? When the captain of the cheerleader’s squad did not pick you, but instead selected your best friend because she was prettier than you? How about when you did not make the football team because you were not that athletic? When your boss promoted one of his buddies even though you were more qualified than him?
Let’s go even deeper, shall we? . . .
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With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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