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, slow to punish
by Nancy Missler
Last week, The King’s High Way, invited a wonderful group of ladies to come to our beautiful facility and participate in a time of refreshing in the Word. As a body of believers we shared and encouraged one another in the faith. The theme “heavenly perspective” was on the hearts and minds of almost every woman who came.
Learning to see from God’s perspective is vital for the times we are living in. Because then we’ll be able to “soar” above our circumstances, our problems, and our trials and not get buried under them. The below article on mind renewal gives the “how to” of understanding and getting God’s perspective. This article came out of Nancy’s book, “Be Ye Transformed”.
To be living in these times is remarkable. Knowledge has increased, not only in the secular world, but also in the spiritual world. The Lord is the Teacher, and if we are seeking Him as our first love, He will teach us.
Some of the greatest pastors and teachers are alive today. And I believe Nancy is one of them. I pray this article blesses and encourages you to get a “heavenly perspective”.
The Lord really has saved the best wine for last!
Ministry Director, The King’s High Way
Romans 12:1–2 tells us that the way we are “transformed,” the way we learn to live Christ’s Life, is by the renewing of our minds — putting off our own negative and corrupt thinking and putting on God’s Thoughts. As we continue in our series on being transformed by the renewing of our minds, we want to cover two important questions. 1) What is “mind renewal?”and, 2) Why is “mind renewal” so important?
Ephesians 4:22–24 exhorts us to
“… put off concerning the former conversation (behavior) the old man (old self), which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man (the new self), which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
A “renewed mind,” then, is one that has done two things: It has “put off” any sin (any hurt, doubt, fear, rebellion, self-centeredness, lust, bitterness, etc.), any corrupt thinking, or any barrier that would quench God’s Spirit and has “put on” the Mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Renewing our minds is not simply “changing” our thoughts, but actually putting off the old, negative thoughts as well as putting on God’s Thoughts. In other words, we can’t just say to God, “Lord, give me Your Thoughts,” and somehow expect Him to “automatically” give us His Mind. We must first put off our own self-centered thinking by confessing, repenting, and then giving it to God. At this point, we can then put on the Mind of Christ.
Hal Lindsey points out that “to renew” means to exchange one thing for another. In other words, when we put off and put on, we’re exchanging our thinking for God’s. If we’re not willing to yield, set aside and relinquish our own thoughts, however, then our thinking process will never be renewed and our lives will never be transformed.
Reasons Mind Renewal Is So Important
There are many reasons why “mind renewal” is critical. But there are several reasons worth pointing out in this series: God wants us to have His Mind (His thoughts, His viewpoint) in every situation. He wants us to have the supernatural ability to discern everything that happens to us from His vantage point and His perspective, and not get bogged down and buried by our own negative thoughts and feelings or by what we can “see” going on.
A Perfect Example
Joseph in the Old Testament, I believe, is a wonderful example of someone who was able to see all that happened to him from God’s perspective.
The story goes like this: Joseph, the most beloved of all the sons of Jacob, had a dream. However, he made the mistake of telling his brothers the dream. His brothers were already jealous of him because he was their father’s favorite. But after hearing Joseph’s dream, they were irate and determined to get rid of him any way they could.
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Agape / Agapao
What’s The Difference?
Here’s a fun little video we did with Toby Mac’s song,
“Love Is In The House”.
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