What is the Characteristic Word of Christianity?

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5.

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Love, agape, Strong’s #26: A word to which Christianity gave new meaning. A word the Spirit of Revelation has used to express ideas previously unknown. The verb Agapao and the noun Agape are used in NT to describe the attitude of God toward first His Son (John 17:26); all of humanity in general, (John 3:16; Romans 5:8); and to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, in particular, John 14:21.

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Jesus conveys the Fathers will when He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34),and  toward all men, 1 Thess.3:12; 1 Cor. 16:14, wherein we express the essential nature of God, 1 John 4:8.

Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor. 5:14; Eph. 2:4; Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal.5:22.

A nugget from Hogg and Vine: “In the two statements in 1 John 4:8 and 16, ‘God is Love,’ both are used to enjoin the exercise of love on the part of believers. While the former introduces a declaration of the mode in which God’s love has been manifested (vs. 9,10), the second introduces a statement of the identification of believers with God in character, and the issue at the Judgment-Seat hereafter (vs.17), an identification represented ideally in the sentence ‘As He is, so are we in this world.’ “

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    May 03, 2013 @ 02:30:18

    Here are a few more verses about love:

    1 Corinthians 13

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    The Excellence of Love

    13 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

    Great post with great verses, Manny.

    God’s blessings…

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    • Mannyr
      May 03, 2013 @ 19:38:27

      Yes, God’s love is all powerful and encompassing a rare gift in this world. We cannot conjure it up, it is resident in us by the person of the Holy Spirit and revealed to us individually in our daily walk with Him. His love can melt the hardest heart and transform the vilest among us. Thank you Lord Jesus.

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