Scripture: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Observation: “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 ~ Before everything, earnestly hold fast to our esteem for one another because preference and goodwill for one another veils a great number of failures. (broken down using Greek translations of each word from bible.cc)
Original Word: ἀγαπάω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (ag-ap-ah’-o)
Definition: I love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem.
Cognate: 25 agapáō – properly, to prefer, to love; for the believer, preferring to “live through Christ” (1 Jn 4:9,10), i.e. embracing God’s will (choosing His choices) and obeying them through His power. 25(agapáō) preeminently refers to what God prefers as He “is love” (1 Jn 4:8,16). See 26 (agapē).
With the believer, 25 /agapáō (“to love”) means actively doing what the Lord prefers, with Him (by His power and direction). True 25 /agapáō(“loving”) is always defined by God – a “discriminating affection which involves choice and selection” (WS, 477). 1 Jn 4:8,16,17 for example convey how loving (“preferring,” 25 /agapáō) is Christ living His life through the believer.
Application: “live through Christ” with one another… actively do what the Lord prefers… God is love. Love in these passages are not the noun that we know in the English language meaning an intense feeling or deep affection. It’s a verb to be actively done: living through Christ, embracing God’s best offer for our lives, and obeying His choices through His power. Christ is to be living His life through me.
What Love Should Look Like:
- Christ living His life through me.
- Actively doing what the Lord prefers.
- Embracing God’s best offer for my life.
- Obeying His Choices through His power.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
“And so we ·know [have come to know] the love that God has for us, and we ·trust [believe; rely on] that love. God is love. Those who ·live [abide; remain] in love ·live [abide; remain] in God, and God ·lives [abides; remains] in them.” 1 John 4:16
Prayer: Wow… this is stirring something in me, Lord. I’ve been loving all wrong!! Help me to apply this to my life, Father! I surrender to You and what You are doing within me, Lord. Help me as I walk this out! In Jesus’ name. Amen.