Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. [1 John 2:7-11]
continuing from yesterday’s post……..
Therefore we have no business walking outside agape! For to do so is to walk also outside the light of His Word; the one cannot accept the other because to walk in the Light of His Word is to walk in Agape!
Indeed, the new creation who walks outside the light of Agape puts a stumbling block before himself…he hinders his growth into maturity. Selah… For to know the Word of God is to know God…is to know Agape; which is the same that propels the new creation into being filled with all the fullness of God. Selah. Ephesians 3:19.
The new creation awakened to the power of the cross of Jesus cannot hold a grudge against his brother or hate him because of some wrong. No. The power of the cross demonstrates the passionate love of God for us in Jesus Christ…it is love poured out unto us when we were most despicable and “unlovable”. It is love divine, unconquerable, infinite…independent in flow and expression from the finite limitations of the object of its love. Against such a powerful backdrop, the awakened mind must reckon truly: “If He loved me so and loves me so…I will obey His word to love the brethren in the same measure too!” Hallelujah! Then we shall see Ephesians 4:32 suddenly jump up into fullest expression in our lives! Glory to God!
Agape is the conquering force.
Agape is that which binds us (the church) in monolithic oneness.
Agape is the how we ought to relate to each other…O may the love of Christ shine resplendent in all our expressions! O that we shall love as he has commanded us!