Do You Love Me? (part 2)

Do you love Me with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion as one love the Father?

This question is not only directed to Peter; its echoes remained throughout the ages after him.  This is the agape love. It is the glue that keeps all Christians together in harmony working to further the gospel of our Lord YAHSHUA. With this love many have died; the agape love has nothing to do with sentiment of feelings. It will not exist in this frame, for it is unconditional. It is the love that YAHSHUA expressed while being crucified: “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they are doing.”  It is the foundation of our faith and the compelling reason to serve Him. The New Testament opens our eyes to that love in several passages: the prodigal found in Luke 15:11-32, the love of God in John 3:16, in the death of YAHSHUA in all the books of the gospel, the story of the Samaritan who saved the life of a stranger and several others. YAHSHUA lived to show Who He was in the expression of agape love, for that is what and Who He is. It is hard to understand the unconditional love found in agape love. The worldly person, although practicing good deeds, does not comprehend the true meaning of this love. The agape love abides only in God and in those whom He has shared with through the Holy Spirit, because this love originates from God, and is the love that is God. The deepest demonstration of this love was displayed on the cross. The apostle John describes agape love as God Himself. He says, God is love and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so are we in this world (I John 4).

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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