Love - Agape - God Today
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017Dr Nasir Saddiki

Love – Agape

 
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Welcome to God Today. This is Dr. Nasir Siddiki, of course, of Wisdomministries.org. I’m so excited to share a word with you today. This is a very exciting thing that is happening right now with God TV and I want to share with you about the word love. Love, agape. You might have heard that before but of course, in the Greek, there are four different words for love. This one specifically I want to go to a scripture in Matthew chapter 22. It says — and then one at verse 35 –and then one of their number, a lawyer asked a question to test him. So, we see here he’s got a whole group of people and Jesus is talking and teaching and then one of them, a lawyer decides he wants to test or check out Jesus. Wrong motive. Look at what he says. Now teacher, what kind of commandment is great and important, the principle kind in the law. Some people say some Commandments are light, which ones are heavy? And then Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and most important and first commandment.”

Now, what did the lawyer do? He said Jesus tell us what is the greatest of all Commandments and Jesus has answered this question. Loving God is the greatest of all Commandments. Now Jesus doesn’t sit down. No, no, no. He continues talking. He says and the second is like unto it. Wait a minute, Jesus. Who asked for a second? Nobody wanted a second but Jesus insists on giving them a second. What was the second? The second is like unto it. What does the word like unto it mean? Of equal importance. Wow. Like unto it, you will love your neighbor as yourself. These two Commandments sum up and depend all the law and the prophets. So, Jesus said now the second is of equal importance as the first. What was the first? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself. He didn’t say, love, your neighbor because your neighbor is lovable. Oh, come on now. We’re talking about the greatest power in the universe given to Christians today, the power of love.

Do you know that love is the only power in the universe that does not have the capacity to fail? Wow, and we don’t pick up this power. Why not? Well, I love all the time. No, no, no. Listen to me. You love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself. You see, if you can love God who you cannot see but you cannot love your neighbor as someone you can see, we got a problem. That’s why he said love your neighbor. In fact, I’ll go one step further. God measures your love for Him by your love for your neighbor, even if it’s your enemy. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. If you’re not loving your neighbor, you’re not loving God. So, every time you have unforgiveness, jealousy, envy, any of those things in your heart and you’re not loving your neighbor, you’re not loving God. The first and most principal commandment He measures your love for Him by your love for your neighbor. Let me pray for you. I thank you, Lord, that the word penetrates into their hearts and produces 30, 60 hundredfold in everyone that is watching me now, that they remember every time they get ticked off and say something, that they are not flowing in the love that you have for them. Let them love you the way they show it by loving their neighbor. We ask it now in Jesus’ name. Amen.

10 Responses to “Love – Agape”

  1. Emma Godfrey

    I agree. That really spoke to me today, particularly “if you can love God who you cannot see but you cannot love your neighbour as someone you can see…” as I’ve always thought that people are harder to love than God as we so easily judge. But who are we to judge? Father God we ask that you fill us more and more with the love that comes from knowing You and may we receive this gift of your Holy Spirit and continue to love others as you have loved us, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

  2. Loving God is easy, He is a Loving Father who gave His only Son to live and to die for our sins. He is always there for us, and ready to forgive our sins when we ask. He does not judge us, He watches over us with pure and perfect love. Our neighbor is another story. Our neighbor can be the person next door who allows his dog to rip up our garden, or it can be our boss at work who may be unfair, or a trusted family member who hurts us deeply. It can be really difficult to love them, but if Jesus says to do that, then it really can happen. Loving our neighbor actually sets us free to live the life that God has given us. It allows us to be relaxed and joyful in the midst of circumstances that could bind us and cause us to lose our peace. It is healthy for us to choose love! This does not mean we have to be best friends, or be a doormat, it simply means that we do not allow things to cause us to respond in an unhealthy way. When we choose to bless rather than curse, it frees us to go on with our life, and let God take over. He knows what we need, and He is our Defender, the lover of our soul, the One who leads and guides when we allow Him to. He frees us to receive wisdom, healing, and guidance in all situations if we stop and look to Him first. It allows us to love the unlovely. To me, it is joyful to be aware, be on guard if I need to be, but to allow Holy Spirit in me to love, to give peace and receive peace in all situations. It allows me to feed the hungry, to give to those in need, to be the answer to the prayers of others. It allows Jesus to shine in me while I love my neighbor as myself.

  3. Tomorrow, Oct. 18 is my Six Year Anniversary of
    deliverance from a near fatal car accident. By the Grace of Messiah Yeshua, I am here breathing, mobile and planning my trip to Israel next Year for The 70 Year ANNIVERSARY, Praise YAHWEH,
    Praise ADONAI and Praise RAUCH ha-KODESH+++
    Shalom, Family,
    REGGE +

  4. Yes, what a great word!!! And hitting home with me and I am needing His LOVE to permeate me!!!
    Our next door neighbors, for the last three years (we live in 1909 homes, built very close together) have taken to bullying my family, over a shared driveway. They have not received the kindnesses we have shown them. But…I don’t see a clause in these verses to get us out of loving them. We need help!!! Knowing how to love and yet live in safety and in His will in this difficult circumstances!!!!!

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