Behind The Scenes Jeremiah 23:17, 21-40

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Our background scriptures come from Jeremiah 23:17, 21-40.

This message is penned and recorded to warn us about people who will sneak around behind you in an attempt to thwart your relationship with God, friends, and family. However, it concludes by telling us to go into our SECRET CLOSETS with God and allow God to place us in various positions of success after we get the answers we need to our various situations. Listen and enjoy and be ENCOURAGED.

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Just Showing Some Love

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JUST A LITTLE LOVE

There are several Greek words for love, as the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used. Ancient Greek has four distinct words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē. However, as with other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words. Nonetheless, the senses in which these words were generally used are given below.

  • Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means “love” (brotherly love) in modern day Greek, such as in the term s’agapo (Σ’αγαπώ), which means “I love you”. In Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros“. Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial love. Agape is also used in ancient texts to denote feelings for a good meal, one’s children, and the feelings for a spouse. It can be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard.
  • Éros (ἔρως érōs[2]) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love;” however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” Plato also said eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. The most famous ancient work on the subject of eros is Plato’s Symposium, which is a discussion among the students of Socrates on the nature of eros.
  • Philia (φιλία philía[3]) means friendship in modern Greek. It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.
  • Storge (στοργή storgē[4]) means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant

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TODAY’S MICROWAVE MINISTRIES AND THEIR DISBANDMENT JUST AN OBSERVATION 2ND TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4

2ND TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4 & TODAY’S MICROWAVE MINISTRIES 
JUST AN OBSERVATION

 

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Hypocritical Actions from “Do as I say and not as I do!” Leadership has spilled over and into the pews; causing a breakdown and a spiritual implosion in ministries all across this nation. The TRUTH AND THE FREEDOM GOD GIVES is not being taught or preached in many TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS SLAVE MENTALITY MINISTRIES because the people have been hypnotized into the mindset of not caring about the community outside of the church doors. Read on through this post and understand ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY CHURCHES ARE going from thriving to death.


Paul tells us in his second letter to Timothy, the letter he wrote just days or weeks before his death. There, in chapter 4, he looks into the future, he sees a church being destroyed, and he warns us how it happens. It’s as straightforward as four simple steps. This church is destroyed by people CLAIMING TO ACT in the name of Jesus. 

Many ministries today are not closed down through government persecution; they’re not afflicted by cultural pressure and do not succumb to the attacks of another religion. Ministries today are eroded from the inside, from within the membership. Ministries today are destroyed by people CLAIMING TO ACT in the name of Jesus.

Step one the Apostle Paul warns Timothy that “they will turn away from listening to the truth.” The first step in destroying a church is turning away from what is true, losing interest in the truth as God reveals it, growing weary of what God says is true and lovely. What was once a LOVE of truth becomes a DISLIKE and then DISGUST toward truth; what was once a hatred of error becomes an intrigue and interest in error. Hearts begin to harden.

Secondly, as they turn away from the truth, they necessarily turn against the truth-tellers. So Paul tells Timothy that in that day to come, “they will not endure sound teaching.” It’s not that people won’t know what is true, but that they won’t endure what is true. Because they have come to hate the truth, they will now hate those who proclaim the truth. The very teachers that once drew them will now repulse them.

Third point is this church has rejected the truth and those who teach the truth. Now what? It is obvious and inevitable: They will embrace false teachers. “Having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” As these people become hardened in sin and narcissism, as they grow in their rebellion, they will want to be led by people who tell them those things they want to hear which is why many churches have allowed secular corporate ways to infiltrate the way they choose leadership from the pastor to various spiritual and financial leaders. 

Paul uses a great word-picture to describe this: itching ears. These are ears that want to be tickled by novelty, by something that will be respectable to society and palatable to a godless world. They will soon find this kind of teacher who will justify their turning away from truth and who will validate them in their rebellion because that teacher will not hold them accountable for their actions while in that particular ministry.

Finally, The narrow road to salvation has no room to wander. Once the good “CHURCH FOLKS” have rejected truth and truth-tellers, and once they have found teachers who will tickle their itching ears, “they will wander off into myths.” They will now embrace full-out error, full out heresy, and fall for anything being said across the pulpit to them.

They will become hardened in THEIR WAYS AND MINDSET so they will now believe error is good and true. They will become so deluded and rebellious that they will celebrate what God hates and do it all in the name of God. They will wander off, just like dumb sheep wandering away from their good shepherd. The narrow road to salvation has no room to wander, but that broad road to destruction has all the room they need to wander this way and that and they will die SPIRITUALLY if the don’t catch an exit to the narrow highway.

In the end, those who CLAIM TO HAVE ACTED in the name of Christ will be shown to hate Christ. That church, that congregation, will die off and once again ANOTHER ABANDONED CHURCH BUILDING and the enemy has won another short battle. However, the book of THE REVELATION COMFORTS US ALL IN KNOWING THAT THE ENEMY WILL NOT WIN THE WAR!!!! 

All the best and God bless,

 

A.J. “therightrevrhino” Watkins D.MIN.

Two Mind Renewing Recordings That Will Inspire You To Be Better

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Click on the link below and enjoy two messages in one sitting that focuses on issues that we all deal with daily no matter where we are on the planet living out our lives.  Listen in and enjoy.

Click Here:  GIANTS KEEP COMING & WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT

All The Best and God Bless,

A. J. Watkins D.Min.

Be The Difference 2nd Corinthians 8:9

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BE THE DIFFERENCE

2nd Corinthians 8:9

King James Version Utilized, John Gill Expository, and Charles Eardman Commentary

This message reminds us to take action when we see something done wrong in a ministry. It encourages us to take calculated steps in getting the proper things changed in our society one neighborhood at a time. It implores us to take inventory of ourselves first to make sure that our hearts and minds are in order before challenging the enemy and the social ills he has infected society with to cause chaos and confusion. Listen in and become the difference in your life and others around you.

All the best and God bless you all who listen in and take action.  Click above and enjoy the ride.  

A.J. “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

The Study of Worship


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STUDY OF WORSHIP

Pastor A. J. Watkins M. Div.

Strong’s Concordance, James Moffet, Greek Lexicon

King James Translation & Bibliography Included

Simonton Genesis Ministries Inc. © 2014

WORSHIP. The act of paying honor to a deity; religious reverence and homage. The rendering of the following Heb. and Gk. words:

1. Heb. shaha (to “bow down”), to prostrate oneself before another in order to do him honor and reverence (Gen 22:5; etc.). This mode of salutation consisted in falling upon the knees and then touching the forehead to the ground (19:1; 42:6; 48:12; 1 Sam 25:41; etc., often rendered “bowed”). It is, however, used specifically to bow down before God; spoken of worship rendered to God, and also to false gods (Gen 22:5; Ex 24:1; 33:10; Judges 7:15; Job 1:20; Ps 22:27; 86:9).

2. Aram. segid (to “fall down”), spoken of in connection with idol worship; to fall down in adoration of idols (Dan 3:5-6,10-12,14-15,28); in honor of a man, as of Daniel (Dan 2:46).

3. Heb. `asab (to “carve, labor”), to serve an idol, as in Jer 44:19; or according to others, to fashion her, i.e., the image (see Orelli, Com., ad loc.).

4. The Gk. words thus rendered are: proskuneo, properly to “kiss the hand to (toward) one,” in token of reverence; also by kneeling or prostration to do homage-the word most frequently used in the NT; sebomai, to “revere” a deity (Matt 15:9; Mark 7:7; Acts 18:13; 19:27). Proselytes of the gate are called worshipers of God (sebomene ton theon, 16:14; 18:7), or simply “devout persons” (tois sebomenois, 17:17, “God-fearing”). latreuo (to “serve”) in the NT means to render religious service or honor and in the strict sense to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for His worship (Heb 10:2; 9:9). Ethelothreskeia (“voluntary worship”), i.e., worship that one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith that ought to be directed to Christ; used for the misdirected zeal and practices of ascetics (Col 2:23). Therapeuo to “do service,” as in Acts 17:25.

General Observations. It is as natural to worship as it is to live. The feeling and expression of high adoration, reverence, trust, love, loyalty, and dependence upon a higher power, human or divine, is a necessity to man. These sentiments, toward Country Pond  something or somebody, and whether real or imaginary, appeal to a greater or less degree to every man. And that something determines his worship. “Worship is as old as humanity. It has its root in a necessity of the human soul as native to it as the consciousness of God itself, which impels it to testify by word and act its love and gratitude to the Author of life and the Giver of all good” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 55).

Primitive Worship. We are not informed as to the nature of the worship rendered by our first parents. But we learn from earliest records that their sons were moved to present a portion of the product of their labor in sacrifice to God. Men as early as Enosh, the grandson of Adam (Gen 4:26), called upon the name of the Lord. In other words, the regular and solemn worship of God as Jehovah (i.e., as the God of salvation) was celebrated in word and act-with prayer and sacrifice. Max Muller says: “That feeling of sonship which distinguishes man from every other creature, and not only exalts him above the brute, but completely secures him against sinking into a purely physical state of being, that original intuition of God, and that consciousness of his being dependent upon a higher power, can only be the result of a primitive revelation in the most literal sense of the word.” This view is held by Schelling. The other view is that worship cannot be traced to a divine source; that the original condition of the human family was of an extremely rude and imperfect character; and that fetishism, being the lowest form of religion, was also the earliest and that for this Rio Christreason we ought to regard religion, even in its most advanced forms, as springing originally from a barbarous fetishism. But the grounds upon which this opinion is based are weak in the extreme. “It would be nearer the truth to say that they are as divine as they are human in their origin, seeing that they are based upon the relation of man to God involved in his creation, and are evoked by a sense of the divine training and guidance under which he finds himself after his creation” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 56).

In primitive times the form of worship that Enoch introduced was still maintained, for Enoch “walked with God” (Gen 5:24). Noah was righteous before Him, expressing his gratitude by presenting burnt offerings (6:9; 8:20-21).

In a subsequent age God chose for Himself a faithful servant in the person of Abraham. He made him the depository of His revelation and the father and founder of His chosen people, who were destined to preserve the knowledge and worship of His name until the time when the Savior would come from their midst. While other nations multiplied their modes of worship according to the political constitution that they adopted and to suit the number and variety of their duties, they devised a corresponding variety of ritual, with a large priesthood and a multitude of sacred observances. But Abraham and the posterity born to him preserved a simple form of worship, as became shepherds and in keeping with the revelation imparted to them. Wherever they pitched their tents for any length of time they built altars in order that, in compliance with ancient usage, they might call upon the name of the Lord (12:7-8; 13:4,18; etc.). Those altars were, doubtless, simple mounds (Heb. bamot)
composed of earth and stone, and the animals sacrificed upon them consisted of those that were edible (i.e., clean), taken from the fold.

We have no information regarding the particular ceremonies observed in connection with these sacrifices. But it is probable that prayer was offered by the patriarchs in person, who were in the habit of discharging the priestly functions. The offerings were for the most part burnt offerings, i.e., offerings that were entirely consumed upon the altar, although instances are given of a portion of the sacrifice being reserved for use in the sacrificial feasts. In the selection of animals for sacrifices the patriarchs were probably guided by the directions given to Abraham (15:9); the way in which the sacrifice of Isaac terminated (22:12-13) must have shown that the animal sacrificed was to be regarded merely as a symbol of the heart’s devotion to God. Whether these sacrifices were offered at regular intervals or on special occasions (see Job 1:5), we cannot say.

Besides altars, memorial stones (Heb. massebot) were erected by the patriarchs on spots where God had favored them with special revelations. Drink offerings were poured upon them (Gen 28:18,22; 35:14). The narrative of Jacob’s vow (2:20-22) tells of his promise that, if God would watch over him, supply his wants, and bring him back in safety, he would acknowledge Jehovah as his God, consecrate the pillar he had set up and make it a house of God, and render to Jehovah a tenth of all his income. He excluded strange gods from his house (35:1-4). After due preparation on the part of his household, he built an altar at Bethel.

To the above-mentioned forms of worship, the rite of circumcision was added. In obedience to a divine order, and as a token of the covenant that Jehovah made with him, Abraham performed this rite upon himself and the male members of his household, commanding his posterity that it was an inviolable obligation (Gen 17:1-14,23-27). Nothing further is known regarding the forms of worship that prevailed among the patriarchs.

Mosaic. When Israel became a nation with an organized civil government, in order to fulfill its divine mission it was necessary that its religious affairs should also be remodeled and that the character and style of its worship should be fixed and regulated by positive divine enactments. This did not necessitate an entirely new system of worship, since they were to serve and honor the God of their fathers. Therefore the worship introduced by Moses was grafted on that of Israel’s ancestors. It was improved and perfected only as the circumstances of the Israelites as a confederacy of tribes or a monarchy seemed to require, with such forms and ceremonies as would further Israel’s divinely appointed mission. This object was further secured by the Mosaic ritual, inasmuch as it embraced all the essential elements of a complete system of worship. It gave precise directions as to the place of worship, with its structure and arrangements, instituting a distinct order of sacred functions, prescribing the religious ceremonies, fixing the sacred seasons and the manner in which they were to be observed.

This system bore the stamp of genuine worship. It was framed by Moses in accordance with revelation and recognized Jehovah as the true God. Nor is it a vital objection to its being true worship on the grounds that it had a material and Bible Pulpitsensuous character and that many of its forms and ceremonies were similar to the rituals of pagan religions. These facts have been variously misconstrued and have been taken advantage of for the purpose of disparaging the origin and character of the Mosaic worship. It is true that the Mosaic worship embodies itself, for the most part, in outward forms and ceremonies, for one can only give expression to his relation to his Creator through corporeal media. Religious thought and feeling can express themselves only in word and act, and therefore forms are necessary in every kind of worship. And being copies or impressions of religious ideas, they must have an allegorical or symbolical character.

Further, the religion of the OT is monotheism, in contradiction to the polytheism of heathen nations. Jehovah is represented not only as the only true God, not merely as the almighty Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the world and every creature; not simply as the eternal, absolute Spirit, the good and merciful One who has destined man to enjoy the felicity of life that springs from personal fellowship with Himself. But He is also pictured as the omnipresent and near One watching over all His creatures, to keep the weak and distressed. He seeks to conduct those who have wandered from Him back to the fountain of life. He selected for Himself, from degenerate humanity, a race to be in a special sense His people and to whom He, in a special sense, would be God, with the purpose of saving the world. This is accompanied with such directions for the regulations of their life, that, if accepted and complied with, Israel would become to Jehovah “My own possession among all the peoples” (Ex 19:5-6), “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Christian. The church of Christ is not only His representative body on earth, it is also the temple of divine service continuing and perfecting the worship of the past. This service includes offerings presented to God and blessings received from Him. The former embraces the entire ordinance of worship, with its nature, reasons, and observances; the latter embraces the means of grace, common prayer, the Word, and the sacraments. These, however, are really one, and their relations to each other as one are of great importance. Both require for their realization the institution of the evangelical ministry. The worship of the The doorChristian church may be regarded in its divine principles and in its human arrangements. As to the former, its object is the revealed Trinity; its form is mediatorial, through the incarnate Son, by the Holy Spirit; its attributes are spirituality, simplicity, purity, and reverent decorum; its seasons are preeminently the Lord’s Day and all times of holy assembly. As to the latter, it is left to the congregation itself to determine the minor details, according to the pattern shown in the Scripture.

As an institute of worship the church of Christ has its ordinary channels for the communication of the influences of the Holy Spirit to the souls of men, namely, the means of grace; the supreme means are the Word and prayer. Special attention is also called to the sacraments (which see) of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: W. D. Maxwell, A History of Christian Worship (1936); O. Cullmann, Early Christian Worship (1953); R. P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church (1974); R. B. Allen, Praise! A Matter of Life and Breath (1980); R. G. Rayburn, O Come Let Us Worship (1980); R. B. Allen and G. L. Borror, Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel (1982).

A. J.  “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

There’s A Blessing Behind A Closed Door

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There’s A Blessing Behind A Closed Door
St. Mark 2:1-12
King James Version and Matthew Henry’s Commentary Utilized

This message is penned to remind us to overcome adversity with persistence. It encourages us to NOT ALLOW people to stop us from reaching those who God had placed in our paths to help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and our families. This message empowers us to use whatever means necessary to get into the presence of those with the power to help us advance our careers and our lives. Listen in and enjoy. All the best and God bless.

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A. J. “therightreverhino” Watkins D.Min.

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Some “Church Folks” Think They Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread and Red Kool-Aid

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REAL STANDARDS ARE UPHELD BY TRUE CHRISTIANS WHO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY KNOWING THEY WILL COME UP SHORT FROM TIME TO TIME AND FAIL SOMETIMES TOO!!!

The standards that we as believers uphold are in the bible. We can uphold them through our actions without being offensive with our mouths and minds. The Word of God tells you to build your own standard (Numbers 2:2) which is your personal relationship with God and a personal identity of your spiritual household. You utilize this standard to let the world know that you are a child of God and you are living the Christian lifestyle to the best of your ability with the aid of the Holy Ghost.

Maintaining a personal STANDARD with God will allow you the foundation that you need in order to bring in who and what you need in your lives; and to relinquish and extinguish some relationships that have grown toxic because of blatant disrespect and purposeful words being spoken to you to upset you. They became disrespectful only because of the fact that you do not meet the sententious, narcissistic, pusillanimous, and sadity standard they believe should be in your life. Plus they feel that everyone must cater to them in order to be in a business or personal relationship with them.

The foundation that God’s standards have established for the believer and DOER will give you the support you need to just walk away and NEVER speak to, think of, or worry about them again. It will give you the foundation to pray for them and their journey as they go in the direction they are headed and you head off into another direction towards your destiny. They were there for a season and a reason and when that time is up, they will call you out of your name and say things offensive just to upset you.

However, I’ve got news for you! You don’t have to get upset. Lose their number, delete their profile with a smile, and move on with your life because you did not meet their egotistical standard. Stop allowing people to delve so deep into the recesses of your mind without consulting God about what they say to you.

When a person becomes purposely offensive via email, phone call, or social media towards you, it is often because you did not do what THEY WANTED you to do to cater to them. God’s standards will fortify your mind in such a way that you can say bye-bye and not cry for you know where your strength truly lies. You have a standard to uphold in your life and that is a personal standard with God. Hold up your banner and hold your head up so you can see where you are going. Move with purpose, prowess, power, and prestige towards your next goal.

God lifted a standard towards your enemies and he is your protection (Isaiah 62:10). No spiritual or mental weapon of lies, deceit, rumors, or hatred shall prosper against you. Hold up your Christian standards and move under grace, mercy, and prayer until you reach your destiny. You enhance and improve your standard until others see nothing but positive power pouring from you even when you are in pain.

I have done it! I am still doing it and will continue to do it and grow and expand until I am even more impactful on the community. Things have changed and that change will be an epidemic change for the area that I am in and subsequently the areas I travel to and from. All the best and God bless. I’m just saying…….

A. J. Watkins D.Min.

Not By What You Say, But What You Do

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Not By What You Say, But By What You Do

Titus 1:10-11, 15-16

King James Version Utilized & Matthew Henry Study Aides

This message is penned and recorded to remind us who are believers to be aware of our conduct. People are watching more-so these days than ever before. People are watching to see if you are going to DO what you SAY you will DO. People are not easily won over anymore with lip service and are cautious when it comes to seeing you do what you say you are going to do.People need and want assurance that if a ministry is going to do something in the various communities around the cities in which they sit, that the ministry actually goes into ACTION and be about it instead of debating and just TALKING about it. Listen in and be blessed and motivated to get up and make a change for yourself first and then put a plan into action to change and help your ministry and/or community. All the best and God bless.

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Four Types of Love

FOUR TYPES OF LOVE

By A. J. Watkins D.Min. © March 2002

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There is much confusion today on the subject of love because we are limited to only one English word (love) with a broad range of meanings. For example, if someone said, “I love my wife, I love my dog, I love apple pie,” obviously they are not talking about love in the same degree or definition.

In the New Testament period there were four major Greek words that were used.

Eros Love – A word that was not actually used in the New Testament but was alluded to. It meant physical passion; its gratification and fulfillment. The Greek word is probably not used in the New Testament because the origin of the word came from the mythical god Eros, the god of love. It is inferred in many scriptures and is the only kind of love that God restricts to a one-man, one-woman relationship within the bounds of marriage (Heb. 13:4; Song 1:13; 4:5-6; 7:7-9; 8:10; 1 Cor. 7:25; Eph. 5:31).

Storge Love– Storge is the natural bond between mother and infant, father, children, and kin. William Barclay states, “We cannot help loving our kith and kin; blood is thicker than water” (N.T. Words, 1974).

Phileo Love – Phileo love is a love of the affections. It is delighting to be in the presence of another, a warm feeling that comes and goes with intensity. The Bible encourages it but it is never a direct command. God never commands phileo since this type of love is based on the feelings. God Himself did not phileo the world but rather operated in agape love towards us. I cannot have a warm tender feeling toward an enemy but I can agape love them.

Agape Love – Agape love is God’s kind of love. It is seeking the welfare and betterment of another regardless of how we feel. Agape does not have the primary meaning of feelings or affection. Jesus displayed it when he went to the cross and died for you and me regardless of how He felt. In the gospels Jesus prayed, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Mt. 26:39; Mk. 14:36; Lk. 22:41-43; Jn. 18:11). Jesus sought the betterment of you and me, regardless of His feelings. Matthew 7:12 states it this way, “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets”

We can agape our enemies regardless of how we feel. If they are hungry, we can feed them; if they thirst we can give them a drink (Rom. 12:20-21). We can choose to seek the betterment and welfare of others regardless of how we feel.

Jesus was the greatest expression of love that ever came into the world, but it is never recorded that he ever said the words, “I love you!” Why? because 95 percent of all love is non-verbal. Jesus did not love with just words but in deed and truth (1 Jn. 3:18). If your actions contradict your words, what are people going to believe, your words or your actions? Your actions of course. Vine’s Expository Dictionary states, “Love can be known only from the actions it prompts” (p. 21).

The following is a description of agape love, also called “Charity” in the New Testament (1 Cor. 13). This paraphrase is based upon research of the Greek and English words and their meanings in 1 Cor. 13:4-8.

LOVE SUFFERETH LONG – God’s love has a tolerance for and endures trying situations and persons beyond an average standard. God’s love is patient.

LOVE IS KIND – God’s love is of a friendly nature, generous, hospitable, warm-hearted, and good. God’s love is charitable and helpful, showing sympathy and understanding for others. It is considerate, forbearing, tolerant, courteous, and thoughtful, desiring only to promote another’s welfare. It is generous, liberal, and beneficial, demonstrating itself in kindly acts.

LOVE ENVIETH NOT – God’s love does not resent another’s good fortune or desire to have what is his. God’s love is not jealous and does not deprive another of what he has.

LOVE VAUNTETH NOT ITSELF – God’s love does not boast and brag or abound with self-praise. It is not vain or proud.

LOVE IS NOT PUFFED UP – God’s love is not high-minded or puffed up with pride.

LOVE DOTH NOT BEHAVE ITSELF UNSEEMLY – God’s love does not act, react, function, or perform in a manner which is in bad taste, improper, or in violation of what is right.

LOVE SEEKETH NOT HER OWN – God’s love does not demand its own way.

LOVE IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED – God’s love is not easily annoyed or incited to anger or resentment.

LOVE THINKETH NO EVIL – God’s love does not reason about or reflect upon that which causes or constitutes misfortune, suffering, difficulty, or the like. God’s love does not ponder upon wickedness.

LOVE REJOICETH NOT IN INIQUITY – God’s love feels joyful when right, sincerity, integrity, honesty, and truth prevail.

LOVE BEARETH ALL THINGS – God’s love makes it possible to withstand all stress and difficulty. Because God is love, He supports and carries on His own Person whatever is placed upon Him. God’s love protects, covers, and keeps off anything which threatens the benefit and welfare of another. God’s love holds back, refrains, and is tolerant and patient in all circumstances.

LOVE BELIEVETH ALL THINGS – God’s love puts faith in others, believing the best of everyone (without criticizing or looking for fault).

LOVE HOPETH ALL THINGS – God’s love persists in hoping, against all odds, in confidence and expectation of fulfillment of that which is promised.

LOVE ENDURETH ALL THINGS – God’s love causes one to carry on through, despite hardships.

LOVE NEVER FAILETH – God’s love never proves insufficient in duration or is unsuccessful in effectiveness. Love will never disappoint or prove undependable. God’s love goes on forever and will never come to an end.

Are you walking in love and trusting the Holy Spirit’s power for the manifestation of this virtue? (Gal. 5:22)

Sin is the transgression of the principles of love. Always let love be your highest aim and your greatest pursuit (1 Cor. 14:1).

We have all heard the old cliche: “Love makes the world go round.” There is more truth to that than you might realize. Love…Eternal Love, is indeed the Motivator or the First Cause of all existance. It was out of Love that the earth, the sun, the stars, indeed…the entire solar system, was Created. It was not an “accident”. It was for a purpose.

The four loves given to us by the Greeks are: Philios Love, Storge Love, Eros Love, and Agape Love. If you have not read the first three, please stop here and go back and do so. It is important, because the next Love we shall discuss on this page, Agape Love, is the Supernatural Glue that holds the other three in place for an Eternity.

Briefly, a recap:

Philios Love is the first of the four loves. It is a human love that is very selfish in nature. Stemming from man’s innate desire to be accepted and loved, it is selfish in nature and expects reward in loving the beloved.

Storge Love, the second of the four, is more of a maternal type of love. It too, is a human type of love. Though less selfish than Philios, it expects reward for loving the beloved as well. It is a more solid type of love, being instinctual in nature, but nonetheless, it must be “rewarded” to keep on loving.

And, finally, there is Eros Love, another human type of love. This is more of a physical type of love, yet it can also be nonphysical in nature. It too, is very self serving, and expects reward for loving. It is the love that is most often abused and misused, and confused for “love” when in fact, it is not “love” at all, but lust. This is the love that Hollywood has made billions on, tons of books and articles have been written about, and poets have pined and lamented over her beauty. Eros, as well as Philios and Storge, can be very beautiful loves such as a close friendship, a bonding between parent and child, or lover and beloved, and a sexual union of man and woman as One Body.

All three of the above named loves are human in nature, meaning that they do not “need” God to exist. They do exist on their own, either separately or in conjunction with one or both of the others. But, being “human” types of love, they tend towards entropy and wither and die, as all things human must die. Unless they find a way to be cohesive to each other, by a Bond beyond human strength and understanding, it is their destiny to dissolve, dissipate, and die. Fortunately, there is a Supernatural Element that can and does bond the three loves together in an Eternal way. That Supernatural Glue is Agape Love, or God’s Love, and that is what we shall discuss on this page.

Agape Love                                              

I can think of no better way to begin my dissertation on Agape Love, than to quote the Words of Holy Scripture:

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but I do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of Prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but I do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, It is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, It does not rejoice over wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.

If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially, and we prophesy partially, but when the Perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; When I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present, we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present, I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Apostle Paul gave to the world the most beautiful explanation on what love truly comprises. His words cannot be surpassed by any song, any love letter, any book, any poem, or any movie. His words are Eternal words, for they speak of God, and God’s Love…Agape.

Agape Love is God’s Love. It is Perfect, Total, Complete, Selfless, Undying, Unconditional, Eternal, and it is for all men, for all times. God is Love and Love is Good. All things created by God are Good. Read the Creation accounts in Genesis; notice that after everything God did and made, “He saw that it was Good”. God’s Goodness and Love are beauty Divine, incomprehensible to our finite minds. God is God, and therefore, Infinite, and because we are men, and finite, there is no possible way that we can ever totally comprehend or grasp the concept of Agape. We only know what God has revealed to be True. There is no way any human being, wise and educated, can ever know all there is to know about God….and therefore, God’s Love.

But we do know that God Created man in His own Image and Likeness, truly an act of Love. Why did God create man? Was He bored? Lonely? No. He created man simply because He is Love. That is God’s job: He Loves to Love. God does not need man to exist; man needs Him to exist. God holds all of Creation in His Hands, and therefore we are totally dependent on Him to sustain our very being.

If you take a look at the Words of Scripture, and the teachings of the Church, you will notice over and over that God has revealed His identity to man. Though it is a mystery to us, and something we cannot possibly understand, God has revealed that He is Three Persons…yet One God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John, we learn that:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” – John 1: 1-5

The “Word” that John refers to is the only Son of God, Jesus Christ. Through Him, all things were made. The words of John are only one instance in reference to the Trinity…now we have the Father and the Son. God first revealed His Trinity Personage in Genesis, when He said “Let us make man in our image; after our likeness.” (Gen 1:26). Christ taught the Apostles on numerous occasions that He would send His Spirit to be with them always, after He was gone. And, on Pentecost, He did just that. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, though they were in a locked room, in the form of Tongues of Fire, and filled them…and from there, they went out and taught about Jesus to the world. Thus, now we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three Persons; One God. All equal in Being; All Divine; All God.

The Trinity is a Perfect model for Agape. The Father begot (not made) the Son, The Father Loves the Son, the Son loves the Father. Their combined Love for each other begets the Holy Spirit. So we see, that the Trinity is the Perfect model of Love…Pure Love. That is Agape Love.

Philios, Storge and Eros are all “human” loves….Agape, however, is God’s Love. Unlike a human love, Agape cannot die…for God cannot die. God is Eternal, and therefore, His Love is Eternal as well. Agape is also Perfect, it is Unconditional, it is Totally Forgiving. No human being that I am aware of, aside from Jesus Christ, had or has, or ever will have, the ability to love in this manner. How, then, can we as men taste of Agape? How can we possibly join our human loves to God’s Love? We can’t. But God can…and will…if we will let Him.

God is the Author of Love. He knows how the story ends, because He wrote the Book on Love.

And, if we trust Him, learn from Him, follow His teachings and His ways, then we too can share in His Agape Love…just as we too can share in His Eternal Life being finite men that one day must die.

When you have in place the elements of a loving and lasting relationship (Philios, Storge, and Eros), and combine, or allow in, Agape, you then have your love Eternally Bonded. And that is what God intended we do when He gave us the concept of Love. He meant for it to be Eternal. He meant for us to be with Him forever, and He meant that man and woman should become one…as He is One. But, He never intended that man and woman become one…and then seperate. That is absurd. If God intended man and woman to be One…don’t you think He also intended that union to be Eternal? And without God in the picture, that love is not love at all…it is merely a human emotion that turns to lust and confuses itself, and eventually fails and dies. It makes perfect sense to me to tap into the Divine plan for Love if you want to experience True Love. And, the only way to do that, is to come to know, LOVE, and Serve your God. When a man and a woman share that common bond of Faith, then, Agape can work. A couple that prays together…stays together.

We as humans can never completely know Agape in this lifetime, for we cannot completely know God in this lifetime. It is impossible. But, God knows us…each one of us…personally. And, He loves us…all of us…unconditionally, perfectly, totally, and undyingly. The major difference between Agape Love and all the others is this: Agape loves for loves sake. It expects no rewards, it wants nothing in return…except that love be given back to it. And the neat thing is that the more you give back to Agape, the MORE you receive in return. It is an unending well of strength and supply from which to draw, and if a couple can tap into this Well, their love will be an Eternal Love.

The words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 is Love. It is Agape. If I have all things human, (and that includes Philios, Storge, and Eros), but I have not Love (Agape), I have nothing. I am nothing. Agape Love is the Supernatural Glue that Eternally Bonds human love together. It is a love that is freely given by the Lover, and it expects nothing in return. The common bond of our Faith, the common thirst for Love of our God, the common need to learn more and more of His Love, is Agape…it is the Cement that bonds our human love into an Eternal Love…one that cannot possibly die.

AGAPE love always seeks the welfare and benefit of others. I cannot say I love someone and destroy them by my covetousness, lying, cheating, breaking up their family, etc. Love must stay within the boundaries of God’s commandments in order to not hurt others or yourself.

God is not mad at you. He loves you! Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and humble of heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls”! – (Matt. 11:28-29).