AGAPE LOVE – – Part Three…

1 Corinthians 8:1b – “…Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”  NIV

Romans 12:5 – “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”  NASB

Let’s continue our consideration of God’s Agape Love and its importance in today’s church.  Not only are we to realize that we cannot function alone, we need the rest of the Body of Christ to function fully, efficiently, and be complete, but we must realize more.

Second, No Member of Christ’s Body should feel he or she is more important or less than any other member of Christ’s Body.  No Christian has exclusive rights to God’s Grace.  We are all equal at the Foot of the Cross.  In Romans 12:3 we read, “For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”  In Romans 12:5 we are informed, “So in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  That is Powerful!  In Ephesians 4:12, the apostle reminds us, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  We are Family!

Thirdly, Christians should work hard at creating unity in the Body of Christ.  Unity and the display of God’s, Agape Love should be a prime objective of every believer.  Paul teaches that not one of us can function effectively by ourselves, we need each other.  He also informs us powerfully that none of us are more or less important than any other believer, even those with the more obvious and visible gifts and talents.  We are to be clothed in humility and remember that even those who have the greatest responsibility is to be the greatest servant.  We are reminded that all of us is to strive for unity and peace.

I suggest that the emphasis is not on the Gifts but preserving the Bond of Peace and creating Unity in the Body.  In that, we build each up in Love and create an atmosphere for the Gifts to function freely and powerfully.  When we realize that each other member of the Body is important to us and vital to the success of His Kingdom we treat each other differently and the world takes note.  Our spiritual welfare is directly connected to the condition and function of the other members of the Body of Christ.  When we stop biting and devouring each other we are able to give attention to the building up of the Body in Love and thereby advancing the Kingdom on this Earth.

Agape Love is our ultimate weapon against the devil.  It is more powerful than all the atomic energy in this world.  It is the power that expelled the devil from heaven and is the force that sends him into the shadows and back to the pit from whence he came. 

There is no difficulty that Agape Love cannot and will not overcome!  There is no disease that Agape Love cannot and will not heal!  There is no door that Agape Love cannot and will not open!  There are not gulfs and divisions that Agape Love cannot and will not bridge!  There are no walls that Agape Love cannot and will not tear down!  There is no sin that Agape Love cannot will not redeem!

Therefore, if you begin to consider the other members of the Body of Christ as members of your own body, you will find it most difficult to be apathetic and indifferent about them.  You will find it incredibly difficult to harm them and you will want and seek their best.  Love defeats the devil-like nothing else can!  It is my prayer, hope, and plea that we become reservoirs of God’s Agape Love and dispenser of it. 

God bless you as you walk in Love and enjoy His Presence today!