LOVE (What’s It?) part two

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                                   Out of the mouths of babes….

(…continued from the 1st part)                                                                                                                  In verse 5 of 1Corinthians 13, we have ‘behave itself unseemly’, aschēmoneō (as-kay-mon-eh’-o) is: ‘to be (that is, act) unbecoming’. ‘Seeketh not her own’ means ‘does not engage in things that would not be for the common good’. ‘Easily provoked’ is paroxunō (par-ox-oo’-no): ‘to sharpen’ i.e. (allow a sharp, rapid, acid anger in you). ‘Thinketh’, logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee): ‘to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively)’. ‘Evil’ is kakos meaning: ‘worthless, injurious, depravity’.

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”Thinketh no evil’ means, according to Clark’s Commentary, “Believes no evil where no evil seems”. From Jamieson, Fausset & Brown’s Commentary, “imputeth not evil [ALFORD]; literally, “the evil” which actually is there (Pro 10:12; 1Pe 4:8 (refs2)). Love makes allowances for the falls of others, and is ready to put on them a charitable construction. Love, so far from devising evil against another, excuses “the evil” which another inflicts on her [ESTIUS]; doth not meditate upon evil inflicted by another [BENGEL]; and in doubtful cases, takes the more charitable view [GROTIUS]”. And I concur with an, “Amen!”

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Verse 6 says, ‘Rejoiceth not in iniquity’, because love will rather exult the verity and the truth but frown at falsehood. ‘Love’ in verse 7 covers, endures, all afflictions, without complaining. Believes all that are not palpably false. Hopes for the better even when others are tired of hoping. Endures patiently to the end. Verse 8 has ‘never’ oudepote (oo-dep’-ot-eh) ‘not even at any time, that is, never at all,’ and ‘faileth’, ekpiptō (ek-pip’-to) ‘to drop away; specifically be driven out of one’s course; figuratively to lose, become inefficient’. Love will never go out of fashion. It is truly eternal. Reverend Chris Okotie, in a teaching of his, said, “If you ask me the definition of God, I’ll tell you it is simply ‘love’.” How absolutely concise and very correct you are, my dear Pastor! One can only access this agapē of God when it is channelled through the energy of the Holy Spirit via an experiential knowledge of Jesus, the anointing Anointed.

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Jesus exhibited the spirit of longsuffering when He patiently taught His disciples to fit into the Kingdom of God that was at hand. Kindness of agapē drove Him to heal the blind man who had spent years beside the Bethesda pool, and for which same reason He fed about 18,000 people who attended His crusade. I just do not see why He will harbour any recourse to envy anybody, being the Creator of all in existence. Those who have attained the spiritual maturity should not for any reason wrap themselves at any point in time in the toga of jealousy. When you read where Jesus says, “Verily, verily I tell you…” He is pointedly making an intimation of the fact that He is not a braggart. God vaunteth not. Jesus is so humble you hardly see any marked difference when found in the midst of His disciples. He never puffed Himself up.

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The gentleman in Jesus would not permit Him to take steps of unbecomingness. Whatever Jesus sought for Himself was definitely for the common good of all. Selflessly, Jesus died for all sinners. Knowing what was at stake, Jesus did not allow the acidity of the provocative anger to burn Him out, enduring the grueling, sanguinary death of the cross. “Then said Jesus,” in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” in order to perfect ‘thinketh no evil’ thereby imputing no evil on His captors; a classic proof of a genuine adorable Lover.

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The Lord Jesus did not praise their business acumen at money changing, neither did He extol Judas’ business venture. He overturn the table, whipped them because, “ye have made it a den of thieves”, reminding them, “My house shall be called the house of prayer;” [Matthew 21:13]; and told him in Matthew 26:24, “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born”.

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He swallowed death, stopping it from taking me to hell.

Twelve things do distinguish love. Twelve is the number of our Lord Jesus. One man of God defines agapē thus: “A love called out of the heart of the lover on account of the value the lover has placed on the object of his love”. It is truly a commitment: to take care of another person. Love, from my exegesis, is really not, “what’s it?” It is should actually be “who is it?” because Love is a Personage. The Lord Jesus epitomizes all what love is. Praise the Lord!

Concluded

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The Bible

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LOVE (What’s It?) part one

GOD Is 'LOVE' - 1 John 4 verses 7-8

It does not find its true delineation in the realm of emotionalism. No doubt about the fact that emotion can be symptomatic of love, but is it not very well known medically that a symptom of tiredness does not necessarily serve as the diagnosis for malaria?

Our emotions are not stable. They do have the tendency to fizzle out at an advent of another experiential stage of existence. Emotions often becloud the good sense of true judgment of a prevailing issue. Feelings ride on the wings of volatility for prominence and survival. Your feelings cannot be wholly trusted.

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Love is not a feeling per se. It is a state of being. Love, actually, is a Personage. In the book of 1John 4:8, it reads: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love”. The 19th verse: “We love him, because he first loved us.” ‘Loveth’, ‘love’ and ‘loved’ (verse 19) is the Greek agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): ‘to love (in a social or moral sense)’; it is the verb form of agapē. ‘Knoweth’ is ginōskō (ghin-oce’-ko) ‘to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of, perceive’; ‘to “know” (absolutely)’. ‘Love’ in verse eight is agapē (ag-ah’-pay): ‘brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence; love feasts’. Agapē is a feminine noun, therefore, very productive. No one knew love until God showed it. The same love moved God to descend from His most highly exalted heaven to save the lost souls.

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Love, no matter what!

The grammatical femininity of agapē is indicative of worship. Whatever receives veneration has become a husband, spiritually. Jesus, who receives worship, is espoused to the Church {Ephesians 1:22, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”; Ephesians 5:25-32, where verse 25 reads: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”}. Nimrod has the appellation of Baal and one of the meanings of Baal is ‘husband’. Wherever you see the symbolism of the moon, crescent or the sun, know that it could be a replication of Baal worship. It should not surprise anyone that Diana worship involves libidinousness. Diana is the same person as Semiramis, the moon goddess wife of Nimrod, the Baal. Anyone who comes to Jehovah God with the agapē of Christ will be doing so with the role of a worshipping stance.

 

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The word, ‘charity’ in 1Corinthians 13:1-13 is Agapē, where we see the credentials of love. Faith is so vital that without it none can receive anything from God. We even understand that faith is what God employed at creationism. Hope keeps our faith at the highest degree of its zeal but love is the greatest among the three: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” [1Corinthians 13:13]. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” [Mark 12:30]. Love, unlike virtues like hope and faith, is all encompassing. It is the very essence of God. You show faith to exhibit God, but when you love you are God in disguise. It is for this reason esoteric cultism enjoins its initiated ones to cultivate the habit of philanthropy in order to balance the good with their evil deeds.

God is a Spirit

God is a Spirit. Love, truly expressed, must flow from Him. You cannot manifest genuine love unless it is energized by the Holy Spirit. Verse three of 1Corinthians 13:3-8 reads, “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.” Esoterically fueled philanthropy is an attempt in otiosity. Verse 4, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;” where ‘suffereth long’, makrothumeō (mak-roth-oo-meh’-o) means: ‘to be long spirited, that is, (objectively) forbearing or (subjectively) patient’. ‘Kind’ is chrēsteuomai (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee) ‘to show oneself useful, that is, act benevolently’. ‘Envieth’ is zēloō (dzay-lo’-o) ‘to have warmth of feeling for or against’; while ‘not’ oú (ou), is absolutely negative adverb no or not’. ‘Vaunteth’, perpereuomai (per-per-yoo’-om-ahee) Middle voice from πέρπερος perperos (braggart; perhaps by reduplication of the base of peran (per’-an) –which   comes from– peirō (to “pierce”); through (as adverb or preposition), that is, across’.) means: ‘to boast’; ‘not’ is oú (ou). ‘Puffed up’, phusioō (foo-see-o’-o) means: ‘in the primary sense of blowing; to inflate, that is, (figuratively) make proud (haughty)’.       (…to be concluded…)

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THE SIN QUESTION (2nd Part)

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The Vedas (1500–1200 BCE), depict heaven as the domain of sky gods such as Indra, the thunder god; Surya, the Sun; Agni, the sacrificial fire; Soma, the heavenly elixir (embodied on earth as an intoxicating plant); Varuna, the overseer of cosmic order; and Yama, the first human to die. Ritual sacrifice was deemed essential for world maintenance, and funeral rites ensured that the spirit of the deceased would ascend to the “world of the fathers” on high. Rebirth in heaven depended upon having male householder descendants to sponsor the necessary rites. The Hindu worship throws Indians into a disturbing predicament should they fail to procreate. The Bible says that the virgin birth of Jesus and His gory atonement settles the score of the sin question.

The Hebrew word for ‘sin’ is: chaṭṭa’ah (khat-taw-aw’) or chaṭṭa’th (kwat-tawth) which comes from (chata’ [khaw-taw]: ‘to miss, forfeit, lack, repent or expiate’). From its root chaṭṭa’ah has a dual definition of ‘offence and sin offering or expiation.’ The Greek calls it hamartia (ham-ar-tee’-ah): ‘offence, missing the mark’. In 2Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”; what Paul is teaching here is that Jesus was made a ‘sin offering’ (who never ‘missed the mark of righteousness’), becoming the solution to the, ten billion pound sterling, sin question!

Secular Humanists see themselves as gods, therefore, they have no sins to redress. Well, I know what the Bible says in 1John 1:8. To the Moslem, the decimation of unbelievers of Islam, and good doing ensures heavenly bliss. Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (check out what Galatians 3:21 also says about righteousness). The Hindus will probably feel so blessed to have a whole pantheon to choose from, and besides karma will give them another body: of plant, animal or human. Bleakness of obliviousness! My judgment is an echo of the Scriptures. Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD”, and the Book of James 1:8-9. ‘God’ in Deuteronomy is elowhiym (God – in the plural), ‘LORD’ is Jehovah – self-existing God; while ‘one’ is: ‘echad (ekh-awd’) ‘A numeral; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first’. From the mouth of the atheist I hear a bellow, “O, save me your balderdash!” He hisses and concludes in a whisper, “There’s no such thing as God, forget it”. Open the Bible and it reads somewhere: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt…” in Psalm 14:1. Very deep thinking ones who think that they are too smart to be tutored by the words of the Bible have been able to fashion a way or ways for themselves. 2Thessalonians 2:11 has taken care of the gainsayers, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”, please, do read it from verse one to the 12th.

Christianity is the only form of worship that cannot be called a religion in the sense that it is the way (hodos – destiny) of life (zoe – God’s kind of life). Destiny, in this context, is the distance between the point of the commencement of a journey and the final destination. Jesus is both the hodos and the zoe. HE is the author (aitios – causer or beginner) and the finisher (teleiotes – completeness, perfecter) of our faith (pistis – believing; the only element needed to apprehend God and His blessings). The only bridge, the sole connector and the connectivity between the corruptness of this sinful world and the Ultimate One, God. 1Timothy 2:5, James 1:23-24, Galatians 3:21-24, Hebrews 8:6 & 9:15.

The mystery of the sin question is in the fact that it was first perpetrated by Lucifer. When one sins, it is to a spiritual Entity, hence, a spiritual problem. The father of sin, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, under whom all sinners must come, in spiritual slavery, is too formidable an enemy to be vanquished by any or all found in sin; he is much too older, too wise, too invincible and too invisible for anyone to engage him in combat.

God is love, 1 John 4:8. An attribute of that love (agapē [ag-ah’-pay]: affection, benevolence, love feast) is His beneficence. One great man defined this love as: “A love called out of the heart of a lover on account of the value the lover has placed on the object of his love”. Agape is a feminine noun, it is a love of commitment, it is not a feeling. God rose up to the demand of the occasion, brought out love and showered it on mankind; HE gave the ultimate Gift: Himself.

God the Son became our champion, met face to face with our foe, and having dealt decisively with the old dragon, Jesus asked, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” [1Corinthians 15:55]. The LORD God has remedied the sin question! Hallelujah!! Amen!!!

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