Archive for the ‘2010 A Year of Experiencing the Lord’ Category

Agape Is part 14

Remember  “judge not”? Here’s that verse from the Amplified Bible that explains this idea a bit better: Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, [...]

Agape Is part 13

Romans 13 ends with an admonition and a command. The admonition is in verse 13: Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. OK, that’s easily understood. Then [...]

Agape Is, part 12

This next passage from Romans 13 is so wonderful, although sometimes it’s over-interpreted—more on this aspect in a minute or two. First the passage: Rom. 13:8 Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating [...]

Agape Is, part 11

Oh, Boy! Here comes a real hornet’s nest. The first part of Romans 13 seems a bit un-nerving unless it is read with Agape firmly in hand: Rom. 13:1 LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those [...]

Agape Is part 10

As we continue our study of Agape Is, we come to a passage that causes many Christians some confusion and perhaps even doubt about living in Agape. But, this block of five verses from the last part of Chapter 12 is an essential component on who we are in Christ, and how we are to [...]

Agape Is part 9

The first part of Romans 12 is concrete instructions—directions actually—that tell us to get refreshed in the Lord, learn what job he has for us, then do that job in His Agape. But this is not the only place that God gives us those instructions. It seems that the early church, and the church through [...]

Agape Is part 8

As we continue to look at the guidelines for Christian living, as outlined in Romans 12-15, we come to 12:9-10: Rom. 12:9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Rom. 12:10 Love one another [...]

Agape Is part 7

Beginning in Romans 12:4, Paul lays out the guidelines of a true Christian life. This is the practical application of Agape to a godly existence, both as a sign and wonder to the ungodly and as the way we are to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ. Verses 12:4 through 12:8 form a cohesive [...]

Agape Is part 6

OK, so Romans 12:1-2 are really the core two verses that direct the ongoing development of our personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Let’s stop for just as second and look at the single most important ingredient in the mix: faith. Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [...]

Agape Is part 5

We’ve been looking a bit deeper at our life in Christ through the eyes of Agape. This Agape is instilled in every one of God’s kids by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5), and is the chief characteristic that identifies a Christian. It is, therefore, the characteristic that we most need to cultivate and most need [...]