Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Created for Love

“God is Love” 1 John 4:8

Created from love, though love, to love.

The disciple who was possibly Jesus' closest friend while He lived on earth, said "God is Love" ( 1-John 4:8, 16).  Probably everyone reading this will have heard that the Greek word for love in this context, is agapé, and this is true. But what actually is agapé love? When I was still a young Christian I was taught that agapé love is not something you feel, but something you do; one preacher actually taught that though God loves us, He does not actually like us. The King James Version of the Bible translates agapé as charity, and in my English class at school, I had learned the simile, “As cold as charity…” Putting all this together, my mind formed the belief that agapé love was cold, distant, works of service. Add to this the call to daily die to self, and my life was set on a course of slavery to man and ultimately spinning right out of control. As the Lord picked the shattered pieces of my life up off the floor, He began to show me that agapé love is not a verb. In the context of 1 John, it is used as a noun - it is who God is; the wellspring from which all other things flow. Agapé does not speak of some emotionless distant, aloof, attitude, but rather 'affection, goodwill, love, benevolence, brotherly love'; it is even interpreted in some places as 'love feasts' (see the online “Blue Letter Bible”). The Old Testament equivalent of agapé would be lovingkindness. Lovingkindness ... this word just congers up thoughts of a mother's tender love toward her child, don't you think? A tender love toward her child, but fiercely jealous and protective toward anyone who dares to threaten that child. Hardly cold and aloof... The essence of God is love; a tender, passionate, fiercely jealous love for those He created for love and in love. The essence of God is a relentless love that drove Him to become the sacrifice we could not provide, to set us free from the prison of sin and death in which we find ourselves. God is love, and all His other qualites originate from His essense of love. Hie is the source of all love and we were created in His image of love to be representatives of His love on earth; being filled up with His love which then overflows to the rest of creation. We were created in love, through love, and for love. This is the general basis of our purpose - to be reprsentatives of His love.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Created for Love

“God is Love” 1 John 4:8

Created from love, though love, to love.

The disciple who was possibly Jesus' closest friend while He lived on earth, said "God is Love" ( 1-John 4:8, 16).  Probably everyone reading this will have heard that the Greek word for love in this context, is agapé, and this is true. But what actually is agapé love? When I was still a young Christian I was taught that agapé love is not something you feel, but something you do; one preacher actually taught that though God loves us, He does not actually like us. The King James Version of the Bible translates agapé as charity, and in my English class at school, I had learned the simile, “As cold as charity…” Putting all this together, my mind formed the belief that agapé love was cold, distant, works of service. Add to this the call to daily die to self, and my life was set on a course of slavery to man and ultimately spinning right out of control. As the Lord picked the shattered pieces of my life up off the floor, He began to show me that agapé love is not a verb. In the context of 1 John, it is used as a noun - it is who God is; the wellspring from which all other things flow. Agapé does not speak of some emotionless distant, aloof, attitude, but rather 'affection, goodwill, love, benevolence, brotherly love'; it is even interpreted in some places as 'love feasts' (see the online “Blue Letter Bible”). The Old Testament equivalent of agapé would be lovingkindness. Lovingkindness ... this word just congers up thoughts of a mother's tender love toward her child, don't you think? A tender love toward her child, but fiercely jealous and protective toward anyone who dares to threaten that child. Hardly cold and aloof... The essence of God is love; a tender, passionate, fiercely jealous love for those He created for love and in love. The essence of God is a relentless love that drove Him to become the sacrifice we could not provide, to set us free from the prison of sin and death in which we find ourselves. God is love, and all His other qualites originate from His essense of love. Hie is the source of all love and we were created in His image of love to be representatives of His love on earth; being filled up with His love which then overflows to the rest of creation. We were created in love, through love, and for love. This is the general basis of our purpose - to be reprsentatives of His love.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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