This is a continuation of my previous post on Agape Love and how that refers to the characteristics of God and of Jesus. If you have missed the first part of this post you can find it here. We were comparing the qualities of Agape Love to God and Christ. We were looking at how that relates to us as sons/daughters and as the Bride of Christ. I don’t know about each of you but there where some characteristics that Holy Spirit showed me that I wasn’t fully convinced of yet of the character of God, did any of you have that too? If you did be at peace, God wants you to know Him even more than we want to know Him. He will continue to persuade us until, he does not give up as we will see in todays continuation.
Love (Agape) is patient, and kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not arrogant, or rude, it is not self-seeking, and is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, it does not delight in evil, it rejoices with the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres, Love never fails.
7) Does not seek its own: to worship, desire his own way, require his own way, enquire for Himself. God’s love is unconditional without conditions worship of him, us doing what he wants us to do has no effect on His Agape love for us.
Daddy (my Beloved) allows me to have my own way, whatever that may look like. He doesn’t require me to worship Him, His love is without conditions he chose me before the foundation of the world, before I could do one thing. Ephesians 1:4
If your God doesn’t allow you free will to choose, makes you worship him or feel guilty when you don’t do the things you feel are expected of you, that is not His Identity. (Guilt is never of God)
8) Is not provoked: to incite (“jab”) someone to stimulate their feelings, roused to anger
Daddy (my Beloved) does not try to take jabs at me and make me angry or inside negative feelings in me. If your God points out your faults and failures and try to make you feel bad about yourself, that isn’t His identity.
9) Does not take into account a wrong: reckon, charge with, a wrong: inner malice, inwardly foul, rotten, inner malice flowing out of a morally rotten character, wickedness, inner evil.
Daddy (my Beloved) doesn’t keep a record of my wrongs, He doesn’t bring any charges against me or count or even consider any wickedness or malice or horrible mistakes I have made. (Please note that when we make bad decisions there may be consequences that arise from those due to the world but Daddy doesn’t) If your God reminds you of all your past mistakes and wants you to focus on your sin nature that was already crucified in christ instead of focusing on your true nature, righteousness, that is not His identity.
10) Does not rejoice in unrighteousness: injustice, unrighteousness, hurt
Daddy (my Beloved) does not take joy in my hurt, or when I find myself guilty in His court of Law. (He doesn’t find me guilty as my penalty was already paid, to him I am righteous and justified because of Jesus. Romans 5:1) If your God is happy when you focus on your guilt and wrong doings instead of what He says about you (all your sins are forgiven) that is not His identity.
11) But rejoices (identify’s with) the truth: sharing God’s grace with another person so that both rejoice together, to sympathize in gladness, rejoice with the divine truth revealed to man, what can’t be hidden.
Daddy (my Beloved) rejoices with me in His Grace, he shares my gladness, and rejoices with the Divine truth revealed to me. If your God with holds His Truths and isn’t excited to see you understand Him more that is not His identity.
If we are called the righteousness of God and we don’t believe it (2 Cor 5:21), that’s interesting. Righteousness in this verse is defined as judicially approved, the approval of God, approved in his eyes. So unrighteousness would be that which is not approved in His eyes. He is not happy when we mess up, he does not have joy over it, however he doesn’t hold it against us. I believe he is saddened by it as he wants His life (Zoe life) for us, the eternal divine life of God. I have come so that they may have zoe (life) and may have zoe (life) more abundantly. John 10:10
12) Bears all things: covers, conceals, to place under roof of protect, to cover over, to cover with silence ALL THINGS
Daddy (my Beloved) covers, conceals and places me under His protective roof. For I have died and my (zoe) life is now hidden (concealed) with Christ in God. (Col. 3:3) If you God doesn’t protect you, defend you and put His loving arms around you hiding you in your hardest moments, that is not His identity.
13) Believes all things: Pisteuo-have faith in, trust in, am persuaded of, have confidence in, God’s warranty, certifying that the revelation He in birthed will come to pass, always received by God and never generated by us.
Daddy (my Beloved) has faith in me, always trusts in me and is absolutely persuaded of my righteousness in Christ Jesus. If your God doesn’t trust you, makes you prove your worth and focuses on anything other than your total righteousness, that is not His identity.
14) Endures all things: remain behind, stand my ground, persevere, remain under the load, bearing up, to await
Daddy (my Beloved) always perseveres for me, he bears up my load, and waits patiently for me, he is steadfast, and unwavering for me. If your God leaves you when it gets tough or you choose the wrong path to figure it out yourself, becomes agitated and angry and does not remain steadfast in your mistakes, that is not His identity.
15) Love (Agape) never fails (falls down under judgement, falling morally or spiritually)
Daddy (my Beloved) will not, can not, ever fail me.
The definition of Fail is to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved; to be defiant or lacking, absent, be destroyed or made useless because of an excessive load.
If your God stops pursuing you, preferring you, and desiring you, if he leaves you or wants to destroy you, that is not His identity.
To often as married couples this verse has been toted as what we must do to make our marriages work. It’s the bar that’s set for us to have a successful marriage. The problem with this is that the focus is placed on what we must do. Agape Love, God love, can only occur through God and not our own strength. It is the overflow that comes out of us as we allow ourselves to believe He is who He says he is and let ourselves be loved by God Himself. It’s from that overflow of knowing who God is and who we are that Agape Love can freely flow onto those around us. Anything else is a cheap counterfeit of the real thing.
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides (remains, stays, waits) in love (Agape) abides in God, and God abides in Him. -1 John 4:10
We have that very Agape Love abiding in us through the spirit of God.
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