Agape’ love is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. It is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. This Greek word, agápē, and variations of it are frequently found throughout the New Testament. Agape’ perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for His followers.
We cannot understand our present troubles until we trust in God and give our concerns up to God. Then we need to trust in God’s timetable and be ready to accept what He sends our way. If a person has made bad choices or been the victim of crime, there may indeed be consequences that may change their current circumstances permanently. Still we need to trust. Don’t abandon the ship before God gives a solution.
Paul was arguably the greatest Evangelist in the history of the church. And certainly, the most prolific New Testament writer. Then how could he also seem to be battling personal sin?
Charity can be equated to agape’ love. This kind of love is aid and comfort given to someone without qualification. Churches often fall short of this because as individuals they expect to receive appreciation. But that would be qualifying the nature of the recipient.
I apparently had a swallowing problem before my surgery that was manageable. But it was impossible after the surgery (5 hours with a tube down my throat).
I suggest that this is the only avenue to the continued success of the American Experiment. Otherwise that’s all that we would have ever been.
This is me – I spend an hour or more a day for things I’ve had in my hand and don’t remember where I laid them. There are stories after stories of self-created frustrations I could bore you with.
Notice that we are baptized into His death. Jesus did not need to recover from His past; but we do. Also notice that we’re not left there. But we are raised to a new life. But we are also called to complete His mission (the salvation of lost souls).
Suffering comes in myriad forms. And without the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus, suffering can last a life time. Can suffering turn into joy, or be replaced by j
Jesus was the master at looking below the surface of the issues presented to him. And He knew people’s real motives. While compromise seems like a solution, I think we need to follow Jesus and find the core of each issue, mine for the common ground of the issue with the point of view of others, and build up top a solution using Biblical principles.