Posted by jerrywhite on Nov 24, 2008
“It is in the expression of agape love that healing of divisions may be found. On one occasion, the Moravian church in Germany was threatened with dissension. Count Zinzendorf suggested that instead of argument, they should meet together and study the first epistle of John. Day after day they met and read; then on August 13, 1727, a great thing happened.
They went to Berthelsdorf for their love feast, their agape. As they spoke and prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and a thrill went through the waiting company. They turned to each other and said, ‘What is this?’ Surely this must be the Spirit of Pentecost.’ Afterward, when they were asked to describe what had happened, they answered, ‘That day we learned to love; to love Christ and to love each other.’ And they never yet have returned to their argument. Instead of disputing, they started a prayer meeting which, in relays, lasted without intermission for over a hundred years.”
J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy with God, pp. 92-93
The Lord Jesus said that agape love would be the distinctive mark of His followers. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35, ESV). This love is not mere human emotion or affection. It is not ordinary human love. This is heaven’s brand of love—self-sacrificing, constant, pure, and humble. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and cannot exist apart from Him filling your soul. It is love that denies self in order to seek the highest good of another. It covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). It forgives and is patient with others, is full of compassion and is kind.
Do you diligently pursue and pray for agape love to be the expression of your life like a river of water flowing from you? This is what the Lord Jesus wants for you.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more.
Philippians 1:9 (ESV)