Jesus Christ Is Lord

Partner Letter

Be blessed and subscribe now to receive your free monthly e-partner letter directly to your inbox!

Knowing God is Love

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2007


Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up; does not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

These powerful verses give us an in-depth revelation of the Lord’s attitude towards us and instruction how we are to relate in love to those around us. The Greek Word translated charity in the above verses is ‘agape’. The Lord himself is described as ‘agape’.

 

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (agape)

1 John 4:8

 

 

The person who does not agape does not know God for God is agape. As God is defined as ‘agape’ we can insert ‘the Lord’ for ‘charity’ in the above verse in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. For example, the Lord suffers long and is kind; the Lord envieth not, etc. Isn’t it wonderful that through this definition of agape we gain a richer perspective of the personality of God? We see the Lord’s attitude towards us, the attitude of agape. We know the Lord loves us for the Scripture says for God so loved (agapao) the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). We therefore know that the Lord does ‘agapao’ us, the Lord loves us. So we know the Lord believes all things concerning us. The Lord never fails us. The Lord hopes all things concerning us. The Lord is kind to us and does not think evil towards us.

 

This is such a wonderful revelation to realise the Lord loves us according to the definition of ‘agape’ in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It is obvious therefore that the Lord has our best interests at heart. The Lord deals with us with kindness and patience, believing all things concerning us. This is the same attitude we should have towards our family members, work colleagues, friends, associates, and even our enemies. As the Scripture says:

 

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, thou shalt love (agapao) thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well

James 2:8

 

Loving those around us is called the ‘Royal Law’ of Scripture. Human relationships function better when we apply 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, when we believe the best in others, and when we hope all things concerning them. Have you ever had a relationship where someone really believed in you, they believed you would perform well? I have found this type of belief encourages me to rise to the occasion. This is true concerning my ministry partners. Their faith in me demonstrated through their giving in various ways encourages me to do the right things. It draws the goodness out of me and inspires me to go on and take the gospel to the nations. It encourages me to give substance to their belief in me (Hebrews 11:1). On the other hand have you ever had a relationship where the person did not trust you, did not believe you would succeed? This kind of relationship potentially saps the life from us, and could promote failure. We may need to resist and shake off this type of negative belief coming upon us.

 

When we examine our relationship with the Lord we need to see him positively not negatively. We need to see the Lord as ‘agape’. When we see the Lord as love we know he will never fail us, and we are encouraged to step out in faith on his Word, his promises. This faith in his love, truth, character, trustworthiness, kindness, and never failing attitude, is the foundation for drawing his power into our lives. The Lord is ‘agape’ and he cannot resist expressing his love, with his power, when we believe in his love.

 

God’s power comes through faith in his Word (Isaiah 53:1; Romans 1:16). Faith however will not function apart from the revelation that God is love. God has blessed us to be able to use our faith to receive his power so we are equipped to love those around us. Faith and love work together:

 

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love

Galatians 5:6

 

We cannot exercise faith apart from ‘agape’. Faith works by rejoicing in the truth, the Word of God (John 17:17). Faith works by bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things, and never failing. Faith and love are so closely related because faith has as its source the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The Word of God is love because God is love and God and his Word are one (John 1:1). The source of faith is love which is the Word of God, so then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

 

So we cannot truly walk in faith and love apart from walking in and with the Word of God. Now Jesus is the Word of God; and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus is also the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). True life comes as we walk in love, which is walking in the Word of God, which is abiding in Jesus Christ. Walking according to the Word of God is the true way to walk in love.

 

Knowing that God is love is the foundation for walking in love. God’s very nature of love is to reach out in faith by love. God’s nature is not selfish as love seeketh not her own (1 Corinthians 13:5). Love is not self absorbed but rather seeks the welfare of others. To walk in love we need to free ourselves from the attitude of self survival to an attitude of contribution to others. This liberation to love is achieved through receiving the Word of God:

 

His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust

2 Peter 1:3-4

 

Through the Word of God, those exceeding great and precious promises of his covenant, we partake of his divine nature, which is love! Through the promises we can truly walk in love because the promises provide us all things that we need for life and godliness. The promises enable us to take our focus off self and onto others because through the promises we are fully provided for. This provision through faith in the promises empowers us to escape the corruption in the world through lust. Lust tries to get needs met illegally, through actions contrary to the Word of God. When we have faith that God supplies all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:19) the Word of God, there is less inclination towards partaking of corrupt action.

 

Make the decision today to view God as love. As you know the Lord as love you will reflect this attitude of love to others.1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes these attitudes of love. We know that God is agape. Therefore love, or God, will never reject those who choose to believe in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. As we are immersed in this wonderful love of God we more easily view others with agape. We will express the characteristics of love to them, having more faith in their potential and helping them to grow and improve. Truly love is the more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31)!

I agape you, Andrew

The Vision

Andrew Shreeve Ministries is led by the Holy Spirit, committed to the integrity of the Word of God, walking by faith and focused on preaching the gospel to all nations...

Read more...

Login