Love – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Written February 10th 2008 Sunday

Posted February 11th 2008 Monday  

Love

God told us in our key verse what emotion He has given us to live by.  It is time to explore God’s great gift of love; God’s love for us, our love for others, and ourselves. Would you call “love” a weapon, an attribute or both?  I believe it is both and as we look at what it is and does, you might come to agree.     

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Exploring Love:  

PLEASE NOTE MY UNDERLING AS YOU READ THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS:  

LOVE – GREEK LANGUAGE DEFINITION =

26.       ajgavph agapeµ, ag-ah´-pay; from 25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:  — (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love

25.       ajgapavw agapaoµ, ag-ap-ah´-o; perh. from  a[gan agan (much) [or comp. 5689]; to love (in a social or moral sense):— (be-) love (-ed). comp. 5368.

5689.  bg¾[; >aÆgab, aw-gab’; a prim. root; to breathe after, i.e. to love (sensually):— dote, lover.

5368.  filevw phileáoµ, fil-eh´-o; from 5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an indiv. or an obj.]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; 

LOVE – NELSON’S NEW ILLUSTRATED BIBLE DICTIONARY DEFINITION =  

The high esteem that God has for His human children and the high regard, which they, in turn, should have for Him and other people.  Because of the hundreds of references to love in the Bible, it is certainly the most remarkable book of love in the world.  It records the greatest love story ever written—God’s unconditional love for us that sent His Son to die on the cross (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10).

Love is not only one of God’s attributes; it is also an essential part of His nature (Deut. 7:7–8).  “God is love,” the Bible declares (1 John 4:8, 16)—the personification of perfect love.  Such love surpasses our powers of understanding (Eph. 3:19).  Love like this is everlasting (Jer. 31:3), free (Hos. 14:4), sacrificial (John 3:16), and enduring to the end (John 13:1).

1. Agape love indicates the nature of the love of God toward His beloved Son (John 17:26), toward the human race generally (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8), and toward those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:21).

2. Agape love conveys God’s will to His children about their attitude toward one another.  Love for one another was a proof to the world of true discipleship (John 13:34–35).

3. Agape love also expresses the essential nature of God (1 John 4:8).  Love can be known only from the actions it prompts, as seen in God’s love in the gift of His Son (1 John 4:9–10).  Love found its perfect expression in the Lord Jesus.  Christian love is the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus in the believer (Gal. 5:22).

Love is like oil to the wheels of obedience.  It enables us to run the way of God’s commandments (Ps. 119:32).  Without such love, we are as nothing (1 Cor. 13:3).  Such Spirit-inspired love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8) but always flourishes. 

LOVE – VINES DICTIONARY DEFINITION =    

“Love can be known only from the actions it prompts.  Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom. 15:2, and works no ill to any, 13:8-10; love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’ Gal. 6:10.

In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the Giver, and a practical “love” towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver.

In our day-to-day lives, love should shield us from fear.  For if God loves us with the type of love which has been defined above, He can be trusted to guard our lives from those things which will serve no purpose.  If God allows something to enter our lives then in His loving care, He knows it will serve a greater purpose for us toward His Will being manifest in and around our lives.  We must trust His love for us and release our fears to Him. Love being an attribute of God’s; God personifying perfection in love cannot be doubted, it will never stop.  People may stop loving us but God never will do such. God’s consistent great love and interest in us causes a respect and love for God from us toward Him. 

Our love for others also has the ability and power to remove fear.  As Christians, we are to be marked by the love we show to others.  It is part of who true Christians are.  When a person claims to be a Christian but has no love for other people, their sincerity should be questioned.  Love is not just a feeling however, toward others, it is an act of charity, an act of goodness and deeds done to make people lives better.  Benevolence is the act of doing good deeds born out of love for people.  Love is action not just a feeling!  That type of love is a powerful weapon in our day-to-day lives, we can use, to fight the ravishes of fear on others and ourselves.

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