Love ~ Bringing Heaven Down

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The Greek word agapē translated ‘love’ in this verse is unlike other types of love. It is not the love we imagine, which is fickle in its essence, like romantic love or close friendship or brotherly love. The substance of this sort of love is goodwill, benevolence, sacrificial, and a commitment of the will to do good. This love is not capricious because its primary benefactor is not self. This is divine, selfless love.

Divine love has a deep affection for the unlovable and unlovely and is demonstrated not as an emotion that sits in the heart or mind but one that always acts. This love does not operate because it sees the benefactor as being excellent or even deserving. It acts because love is the core of it’s being. Divine love is not self-serving but seeks the welfare of others.

As we read this list, let’s ask ourselves, is this the divine love I demonstrate or do I demonstrate fickle love? Notice how the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) can prime these actions. Love:

  • is patient
  • is kind
  • is not jealous
  • does not brag
  • is not arrogant
  • does not act unbecomingly
  • does not seek its own
  • is not provoked
  • does not take into account a wrong suffered
  • does not rejoice in unrighteousness
  • rejoices with the truth
  • bears all things
  • believes all things
  • hopes all things
  • endures all things
  • never fails

The transformed mind and regenerate heart has the love (agapē) of God poured into it through the Holy Spirit. If you desire to demonstrate this divine love, repent and pray, asking God to fill you to overflowing. Lord God, I repent of being satisfied with loving others in ultimately self-serving ways; in ways that are fickle, convenient, and satisfy the desires of my own heart. I ask for your forgiveness and cleansing. I forgive myself as you, Lord, have forgiven me. Pour your perfect, divine love into my heart and mind, and I will pour out. I ask in the name, power, and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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