In the Bible, this word is reserved by the writers to describe the unconditional love that comes from God. In a word, Agape is Jesus.
Love Suffers Long
The first phrase in
I Corinthians 13:4 is translated as either
“Love (Agape) suffers long” or
“Love (Agape) is kind.”
If we go back to the original language, Greek, we find that the word is “makrothumeo” (μακροθυμέω).
The Strong’s number is G3114.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon gives this definition.
1a) to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles
1b) to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others
1b1) to be mild and slow in avenging
1b2) to be longsuffering, slow to anger/punish
Three Part Video Teaching
on God’s Agape Love
by Nancy Missler
Q&A: I’m Far From Perfect
Q. I’ve been a Christian for over 20 years. I’ve been involved in my church as a Sunday school teacher and am currently leading a “Way of Agape” Bible study. Within the last few months, I’ve found myself in a trial I never dreamed I would ever be in. I am having to walk, moment by moment, in my personal life what I am teaching.
My question: Should I discontinue teaching this class because my circumstances are out of my control and have caused my personal life to be “far from perfect”? (Email from Mary)
A: Mary, first of all, if everyone who ministers “jumps ship” when circumstances happen that make their life less than perfect, there would be very few of us ministering. In fact, I want to encourage you because I believe you are the perfect one to be teaching this class. You are walking and living what you are teaching: experiencing firsthand God’s supernatural Power and Agape Love in the midst of your personal crisis. As long as you “keep yourself clean” by confessing and repenting of any known sin and walking, by faith, in His Word, then you are doing what God wants you to do.
The enemy, Satan (and his demons), would like nothing better than to see you give up. Many teachers and leaders of the Word are “throwing in the towel” so to speak, because they do not understand that Satan has declared outright war on them. Whenever Satan starts to see evidence that you are committed to teach and transform people’s lives, the warfare begins. The personal “storm” you are in right now is developing in you a deepening humility, a greater mourning, a sorrow for sin, and a heightened hunger for God’s righteousness. He is developing a tender heart in you towards the weaknesses and failings of others. Though you aren’t aware of it, the Lord is using this storm to deepen in you the roots of Christ’s compassion. So don’t get down on yourself and get discouraged! The spirit of discouragement is Satan’s most potent weapon against God’s leaders for these end times. He’ll use it to try to convince you that you or your family are not measuring up to God’s Holy standards and that you have no business teaching God’s Word.
You have to see your discouragement for what it really is! It’s a demonic weapon – an arrow that Satan shoots at you to get you to doubt yourself. He knows he can’t tempt you to turn away from Jesus, so he’ll come at you another way to make you think you’ll never be good enough to serve Christ. He wants to get you downcast so that you’ll give up and not want to teach anymore. Peter writes, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12). Discouragement is a trial God’s people have endured for centuries!
God is making you a mighty warrior for His end-time army. Continued Here
Agape / Agapao
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