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God's Sense is a concept promoting, to the world, that God makes sense. Christianity is often shown in a unreachable form. It is our contention that God is extremely reachable according to the Bible and is constantly trying to reach out to each of us. Each week a selection is published for you to consider. I ask only that you reveiw and "think" about these concepts and see if you agree or disagree. If you disagree, that's OK because not everyone will agree with one concept. As long as you are thinking about God, you are taking the first step to reach out to God.

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The Depth of Love:

            The New Testament was written in Greek, a common language of the day.  An interesting note about that language is that it has many words with similar meanings, much like the English language.  There is one interesting note we would like to share here that the Greek had four words for the word love.  When we say, we love, it could mean a candy bar, our family or even God.  With so much variation, our usage of the word is deemed as reckless and abused.  The four words in Greek that may be interpreted for love are as follows: 1) Eros—erotic, sensual, and physical related.  2) Storge—a weak relationship that dissolves where there is lack of interest or need.  These first two are not used in the New Testament and are still interesting in understanding the concept of love.  The last two are: 3) Phileo—affectionate regard, friendship, usually between equals.  4) Agape--the highest form of love; the love of God for man and of man for God; embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances.

            Establishing these concepts, we now can move into the realm of the depth of love.  Most of us know the concept of John 3:16 where Jesus declares the depth of God’s love.  We must also realize that this type of love may only be given by God and shown to God by humanity’s reciprocity (mutual exchange).  There is one exchange that should open our eyes to the depth of this love called Agape.  “Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love (Agape) Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love (Philo) You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’   He said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love (Agape) Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love (Philo) You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’   He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love (Philo) Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love (Philo) You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep.’” John 21:15-17

            As you may notice, Jesus was urging a higher level of love than friendship, yet with Peter’s denial of Jesus, Peter could not seem to respond to that love.  The depth of love Jesus was seeking was that of a relationship that God desires with His children.  Peter’s inability to grant that type of love is evident.  Peter was distressed to here Jesus ask him three times this question.  Yet, it should remind all Christians how we should love and respond to God.  Even when we are not in the state of obedience God may desire for our lives.  Peter was encouraged to “feed my sheep” even in his lesser state of obedience and love.  All Christians who hold the Gospel in their lives, should feel the responsibility to share that message.  We should strive to achieve the level of love that Jesus was striving to bring forth in Peter.

            The depth of love we should feel should be derived from the love that God has shown to us.  That depth is seen in the Two Greatest Commandments: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 When we realize the meaning of these verses and the depth of what Jesus was striving to share with Peter, we can conclude how important love is.  It has been said that the Bible is God’s love letter to humanity, and we doubt it not.  For, the existence of Agape love is the very depth of how great a love God has shown us by His Son Jesus Christ.  Our striving to achieve such a love should be a life-long endeavor.  We should always recognize God as our help, deliver, consoler, and dearest friend.  Jesus was emphatic when He called us His “friends” in John 15:15, a verse that opens the door of familiarity to God.  God is not that old person sitting on a throne, but a loving and kind Father that has strived through the ages to reconcile the differences that sin has brought to our world.

            When Peter could not bring himself to apply the concept of a Godly love, we believe he grieved Jesus’ Spirit.  In the act of questioning him three times the same question helps us realize God is patient with our lives.  How many times have you denied God in your life?  How many times have you rejected His call to service?  How many times have you not accepted the depth of Agape love?  We generally settle for the Philo relationship!  It is sad that we find our lives denied the closeness we could have if we would just seek God’s greatest love—Agape.  Yet, we are a people who relish their own attentions and aspirations.  We seek the relationships we are familiar with, all the while, rejecting the more important relationship with God.

 

            Why do we not embrace the fullness of God and recognize His leadership and great desire to know us in such a special way?  You would think Peter, who saw all the miracles of Jesus, would have an easy time of embracing that Agape love.  Yet, he denied Jesus three times!  If Peter could not understand, how may we?  It is by the leadership of the Holy Spirit, that we may know this love.  We now have His Spirit indwelling (living) within us, so that God may guide us in our everyday lives.  The New Testament Church has the greatest of all tools in seeking God—His very presence in all born again believers.  There is a word that we embrace in this quest— “seek”.  If we but look for God, He will reveal His glory in our lives.  It is more a matter of our opening our hearts to His presence. 

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