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The importantance of the believer having virtue love (agape love) for God.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PHI 1:9 In fact, I pray this, that your virtue-love may excel to the maximum still more and more by means of metabolized doctrine resulting in all spiritual discernment,

LUK 10:27 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Agapao = a relaxed mental attitude love based upon a maximum amount of doctrine resident in your soul.

There has to be something in you that causes you to love God and that something is Bible doctrine.

You cannot have impersonal unconditional agape love for all mankind until you first have personal love for God.

1CO 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha [under a curse until the Lord comes back].

1. Temporal blessings which are above and beyond logistical grace support.
2. Eternal blessings which are blessings for the eternal state.

If a believer never reaches the point where he has personal love for God, then he will never receive “All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The word for control is the pres-act-ind of sunecho which is sunechei meaning to motivate, to compel, to urge.

Our motivation for the Christian life becomes very strong at the point of personal love toward God.

Only “those who love God” have everything in their life working together for good.

Prin-God does not “work all things together for good” until there is love for God.

There is no real impersonal unconditional agape love toward people until there is first of all, personal love toward God.

1PE 1:8 “Even though you have not seen Him, you love Him; in fact, though you do not see Him now but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with happiness inexpressible and full of glory.”

“believe in Him” is not used here for salvation, it’s the key to loving God…believing.

How do you come to love God who you cannot see?
Answer: Bible doctrine, you believe the word of God.

“full of glory” is a reference to the spiritually sustained believer who is reflecting the glory of God.

Personal love for God therefore is a virtuous love and you must have virtuous love in order to make personal love succeed.

The strength of personal love toward people comes from your personal love for God.

Virtue means right thinking resulting in right action.
Virtue means graciousness and power.

To love people personally demands more ability, more character, more integrity, more grace and more power than anything in life.

The per-act-ind of ginosko which is eg-no-ka-men meaning to know, to become aware, to perceive, to understand, to be conscious of, to comprehend intellectually.

Until you have divine viewpoint and
metabolized doctrine in your soul you will have no capacity to love and no virtue.

Right thinking resulting in right action.
Virtue means graciousness and power.

JOH 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
JOH 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you,”
PHI 1:9 In fact, I pray this, that your virtue-love.

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