Without Agape Love, we are Nothing
The one thing that should be feared more than any other is that when we die and come face to face with Christ on Judgement Day we hear his words recorded in Matthew7:23, 'Away from me you evildoer, I never knew you' for those are the warning words of Jesus to his hearers that are as relevant today as they were over 2,000 years ago.
It is so easy to deceive ourselves into believing in this fast moving, technological age that our faith; our giving to charities; our churchgoing; our thinking that we behave no worse than anyone else are sufficient to grant us entry into God's Kingdom but reading Paul's letter (1 Corinthians 13) reinforces the fact that without Love in the real Agape sense of the word we have absolutely nothing.
Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to the highest form of Love. It is the Love that God has for us and as such is not to be confused with 'philia' that refers to brotherly Love or 'philautia' which is the Love of self. Agape is an all inclusive, universal and totally unconditional Love which transcends and persists regardless of the circumstances in which an individual finds themself.
It is Agape Love with which we should Love God and our neighbours. Within the Christian community, Agape is considered to be the love originating from God and Christ for humankind. We are warned by Christ that whilst many are called, few are chosen (Matthew 22: 14.) and the Truth of this statement is exemplified by Christ's warning of rejection in the parables of the Wise and Foolish Virgins; the Sheep and the Goats; the Good Fish being kept whilst the refuse was discarded; the Wide and Narrow gate and the Wide and Narrow Road, et al.
The question to ask ourselves is: 'do we believe the words of the Son of God?' If not then we must consign our faith to the so-called dustbin of history; whereas if we do believe Him then now is the very hour to begin taking His warning strictures seriously and trying, with the Holy spirit's help, to live our lives in accordance with His commandments and with an Agape Love towards all.
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