Agape Love Does Not Have Favorites. As Ambassadors To Christ, We Are To Love Everyone Equally. Phileo Love Is Not To Be The King In Our Life. People, We Need To Strive For Agape Love. Jesus Christ, Is The King Of Kings, And As We Know, We Are To Love The Lord Our God With All Of Our Heart, With All Our Soul, And With All Our Strength, And With All Of Our Mind, And Love Our Neighbor As Our Self.
We need to be made perfect in love. For the Word of God says, “perfect love drives out fear. ”
Agape And Phileo In Peter’s Restoration
We read in the Book of John Chapter 21 verses 15-17 about the Lord reinstating Peter due to him previously denying Jesus three times.
We need to move out of the feelings sort of love into more of spiritual love that is unconditional.
Our Spirit Needs To Rise Up And Embrace The New In Love.
We need to be selfless.
In today’s world, so many are caught up in selfies. Oftentimes, we reflect too much time and energy on “self” and not enough on the cares or needs of our brothers and sisters.
Let us remember the days when as a child when opening a present, there was so much excitement seeing the unwrapping of a package to reveal the gift inside. We even were happy to watch another receive a gift. Can we be delighted for the beautiful gifts of His presence and of the spiritual He gives to our loved ones in Christ? We should display exuberance and delight in the unveiling of their gifts being made manifest for the world to see. We all have so much to give unto others.
Therefore, we need to step up to another level in our love. To love ourselves, yes. However, there has to be this emergence into loving others so unconditionally, as Christ loves His church. If we do this, we shall live a life more full than ever known.
So let us clap our hands and rejoice this day in one accord for this life indescribably so beautiful in Spirit no matter what is happening all around us, there is a strength so powerful and dynamic it brings forth JOY.
In His Love,
Apostle Rita Kay Whitt
18 November 2018
phileó: to love
Original Word: φιλέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (fil-eh’-o)
Definition: to love
Usage: I love (of friendship), regard with affection, cherish; I kiss.
5368 philéō (from 5384 /phílos, “affectionate friendship”) – properly, to show warm affection in intimate friendship, characterized by tender, heartfelt consideration and kinship.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
…26“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?” 27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus said. “Do this and you will live.”… Like 10:26-28
Berean Study Bible ·
Love Comes from God
…17In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. 18There is no fear in love,but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because He first loved us.… 1 John 4:17-19
Berean Study Bible ·
John 21:15-17 15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, LORD,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, LORD, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “LORD, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul places the greater emphasis on Charity (Love). “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” He describes it as:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away….And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ” KJV