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AGAPE - the Bridge to Hope (3 of 4)
Series: Love So Strong
1 John 5:2
How many of you appreciated the testimony that we heard this morning of God restoring a marriage that had already ended? What a miracle God did for the Millers. It was the Agape love of God that healed their marriage. God is a God of reconciliation and restoration. His love brings people back into right relationship with Him and His love brings people back into right relationship with each other. The Miller's story is amazing because our God is amazing. And what is impossible with man is possible with God. I don't know what your situation is today, but no matter where you are in life, there is a God who loves unconditionally, and you can look to God like the Miller's did and God will do a miracle in your life too. He is a miracle-working God.
We have been talking about AGAPE - the Greek word for LOVE. It's not human love, which is finite and limited, but it is the God-kind of love that is infinite and has an unlimited supply. Last week we learned that we received this Agape when we gave our hearts to Jesus, and He transformed our heart with His love. He poured out His love and put it into us by the Holy Spirit. He lavished His love on us personally, but has given us enough supply for us to ''agape'' one another. We can love others with a love that we don't have within ourselves. He fills our ''tank'' to overflowing so we can give it away to others. He has given us the power to love, forgive, show mercy, give grace, prefer others, become selfless, stay committed, be constant, be faithful, and to remove conditions for love.
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
The Apostle John is saying that we know that we agape others, when we love God first and keep His commandments. This is not putting on us a bu ...
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