The 25 “I will” statements of God

The “I will” statements of God are promises of faithfulness of God to Israel and in the New Testament we can claim them if you belong to the body of Jesus Christ.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we can be sure that as we put our faith unto God, He will be faithful to fulfill His covenantal promises to us.

Memorize, meditate and recite these promises in your prayer for the Lord is watching your Word of faith.

I will make an everlasting covenant with them (Jeremiah 32:40)

I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40)

I will bless you (Genesis 22:17)

I will be your God, and you will be my people (Jeremiah 31:33, Ezekiel 36:28, Hebrews 8:10)

I will have compassion on you (Isaiah 54:8)

I will forgive your wickedness (Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12)

I will remember your sins no more (Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12)

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean (Ezekiel 36:25)

I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

(Ezekiel 36:25)

I will give you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26)

I will put my Spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:25)

I will save you (Ezekiel 36:29)

I will not forget you (Isaiah 49:15)

I will strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10)

I will help you (Isaiah 41:10)

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)

I will be with you when you pass through the waters and flame (Isaiah43:2)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go (Psalm 32:8)

I will counsel you with my eye upon you (Psalm 32:8)

I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field (Ezekiel 36:30)

I will rescue you from every attack and will bring you safely to my heavenly kingdom (2 Timothy 4:18)

I will never cast you out (John 6:37)

I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews13:5)

I will never blot out your name from the book of life (Revelation 3:5)

I will raise you up on the last day (John 6:39-40)

Let us meditate these promises of God so that when you need encouragement during the time of trials, these promises of God will strengthen your faith unto God. The Word of God will boost our faith to see the miracles of the Holy Spirt of God.

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord nothing we deserved from you, but by your mercy and grace we shall come boldly into your throne and pray for your beautiful and blessed life though Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Thank you for your everlasting covenant of peace and joy that we truly enjoy because of your faithful love upon your children. May we continue to grow in your gracious provisions. Amen.

What are the lessons we can learn from this ongoing pandemic challenges

Love God above all and live for Him. We became aware that God is Sovereign and He can use this situation to get our attention, that He is the Giver of life we are enjoying and now that we have a challenge to protect this life, we realized that God is our Creator and Protector that this life that we have is passion for His purpose and we should find that purpose in Him, for in Him we lived and moved and have our being. Seek God and your emptiness will be satisfied.

Love your family and friends while you have time to love them. I have lost friends and relatives because they were infected and died of covid 19. I realized that time is so short and death is inevitable. Every moment should be spent wisely to share love and be a blessing, first to your family and friends, then to other people that you meet randomly. We are loved and blessed by God to be a blessing to others.

Love yourself the way God loves you. If you will love yourself the way God loves you. You will see your beautiful purpose and you will live your life beautifully for that purpose. You will see your strengths above and beyond your weaknesses. Your happiness will be no longer based in the temporal things but with God. You will please Him and worship Him in all your ways. Humility will replace you vanity.

Love not the world and the things in this world for this will cause you to sin. I have realized that most of us created more idols that caused us to give more excuses to spend time with God. We committed the sin of idolatry and put God at the bottom of our priority list.

Let us return to the Lord and remove our “idols”. Our excessive love to someone or something more than the love we give to God will make our God Jealous and sins will separate us from His love. Obsessive love for money and material things will corrupt your mind and heart and eventually you will be inviting the wrath of God to fall on you.

The basic reason for our living is to walk with God and to obey Him.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

The Lord requires three things :

To do justice – do what is good and righteous before God and men. Do not allow corruption to eat you to promote evil doings because in the long run the wrath of God will chase you.

To love kindness – kindness is showing grace and mercy, the other word for kindness is generosity. Do not allow selfish desires but be filled with the love of God to share it.

To walk humbly with your God– this means complete surrender and submission to God to do His will. Do not allow rebellious spirit in your heart because the end of it is destruction.

Oh Abba Father, Lord of heaven and earth we ask for your forgiveness from the many idols we have created that blinded us to see your great love towards us. Teach and lead us to know you more each day and to walk with you with humility and obedience to your Word of truth. May your Holy Spirit protect us from the harm of the devil and his legions. May your divine provisions satisfy our thirsty and hungry body, soul and spirit longing for your love and tender care. We ask all these things in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Courageous Exercise of Faith in Time of Adversity

The courageous exercise of faith was applied by the men of God to defeat discouragement and fear of the challenges in serving God.

You must exercise faith to allow God to work for you in the supernatural battles overwhelming us and causing us to fear them. These battles truly belong to our God but our obedience and trust to Him will courageously give us strength to face squarely these battles and adversities that will lead us unto victory.

There are several Scriptural references wherein God reminded His servants like Moses, Joshua, David and the rest of the men of faith to be strong and take courage while facing their difficult times, and in due time they were able to see the salvation and deliverance of God because they faint not.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:7

And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

Deuteronomy 31:23

And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I swear unto them: and I will be with thee.

Joshua 1:6

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swear unto their fathers to give them.

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Chronicles-1 19:13

Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do [that which is] good in his sight.

Chronicles-1 22:13

Then shalt thou prosper, if thou take heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

Chronicles-1 28:20

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalms 31:24

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Let us learn from their experience with God. Facing a difficult time of uncertainty is not so easy to bear. Fear will put your steps on hold to move forward but the Word of the Lord is clear. We are commanded to move forward with courageous strength and continue in our faith journey with God.

These are 3 steps to practice to be strong and courageous and to have the eyes of faith that will enable you to see the miraculous intervention of God.

1. Meditate the Word of God until it becomes rooted from your heart that will increase your faith.

The rhema word is the one that made triggered your faith. Rhema because the Word of God becomes alive in you.

2. Worship Him in the spirit and in truth.

The way I understand this is that you should allow the Spirit of God to teach you how the Lord will be pleased with your moment with Him.

Let His Word of knowledge be understood by your spirit by seeking and waiting to hear from the Spirit of God. This will lead you to give your acceptable worship coming from the bottom of your heart with great love to Jesus our Lord who have called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

3. Let His strength be your strength by allowing His gentle Spirit to pray with you.

If you will allow Him to do that, He will exactly pray what are needed to pray and the devil cannot hinder that prayer with Him. This is the advantage of those who exercise praying in tongues. They can pray effectively because the power of the Spirit of God is with them.

Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

1 Corinthians 14:2 – For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth [him]; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

The two verses above will give us an encouragement to practice speaking in tongues, for it is given for self edification and to edify other believers too. Covet to speak in tongues so that you can pray in tongues and allow the Spirit of the Lord to lead you as you lead His people victoriously in the midst of tribulation with stronger faith unto God.

How the “Man of God” will flow with the Revelation Knowledge of God.

Truly God moves in mysterious ways beyond our comprehension. His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher that our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

He uses ordinary people with weaknesses but with extra ordinary faith, regardless of the weaknesses found in them, with a repentant heart and by the grace and mercy of God, they will experience the transforming power of the Word of God.

You can be the “man of God” to be sent to someone to speak His words for a divine purpose. A vessel to be used to touch a particular person or group of people.

What it takes to be called a man of God ?

To be called “man of God” is not limited to the 5 fold ministry. But most of the time God appointed someone to lead the Church, and He will give gifts of offices like the apostles,prophets,evangelists,pastors and teachers for edification and equipping of the church.(Ephesians 4:11-16/ I Corinthians 12:28

When God send a man of God for a divine purpose. He will do it in His own way. But He will send the responsible and the available servant of God. The one who diligently seek Him in faith.

Regardless of who you are, God will send you to someone else to minister to that person, or to a flock of sheep or to a specific nation with a specific task and that is to bless the “sheep” nations.

1. Have you still remember when was the last time God used you to someone in need of God?

Please share that moment in time when God touched you to do something for the Lord to encourage your community to serve the Living God. Remember the woman in the well who gave water to Jesus. She was blessed to bless others with her testimony.

2. When was the last time you have received a revelation knowledge from God?

Please share the revelation knowledge from God to bless the right person and when they receive that revelation knowledge that was given to you to bless a particular person. They will be blessed and bless others too.

Ex. One night God urged me to pray for my sisters Luisa and Dolly. I prayed in tongues because I do not know what to pray for them. In the morning I was informed that the time when I prayed for them they were in danger and the 3rd floor of the dormitory where they stayed was damaged by fire.

revelation knowledge is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or specific “knowledge” through communication with a God for specific purpose from God.

God can communicate through…

Dreams (Acts 2:17/Joel 2:28)

Vision (Acts 2:17/Joel 2:28)

Sweet and gentle voice of the Holy Spirit in prayers and in any casual day.

Confirmation from the Scripture through hearing from the preaching and meditation from the Word of God.

Diligent study of the Scripture texts using other research books and commentaries and transliteration.

How to continue living in grace and mercy of God to receive the revelation knowledge of God.

Follow the acronym FOCUS.

Faith – have faith in the work of Christ. The righteous shall live by faith. Faith will increase as we know the Word of God. Read the Scripture and meditate upon it to receive new revelation of who Jesus is.(John1) He is the Word of God who became flesh and lived among us.

It is impossible to please God without faith.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Obedience – Obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you in all truth. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Teacher, have time to listen to His gentle voice within you everyday.

Confess your sins – the Lord will not hear us if we regard iniquities in our heart.

Unveil His Words through meditation of the Scriptures – we have to know the many promises of God. The promises of God are made available for those who seek Him and believe in His words.

Seek the Lord in prayer. Our daily provision of grace must be asked in our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Even with the provision for spiritual strength, He will provide you with a revelation knowledge of who He is and that revelation knowledge will be used at the right time. Jesus taught us how to pray then do it.

What a great joy to know that God is so mindful of us and abounding in grace and mercy and speaking to us with His transforming revelation knowledge that is made available for those who seek Him in faith and in humility. Let us share this truth that will liberate those suffering souls who are still living in the lies of the devil.

The grace we truly enjoyed must be generously shared and in that way we can express true gratitude to God who is gracious to us. This is the way of God to bless many lives through a vessel who is called “ the man of God” and that is YOU.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and may His abounding grace and mercy be with you and your lives must be filled with the revelation knowledge of God both now and ever. Amen.

The Christians with an “Itching Ears”

Are you developing “Itching ears” or Falling away from truth?

Jesus said that know the truth and the truth will set you free.(John 8:32)

Jesus is the truth! ( John14:6 – I am the way, the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father but by me.)

Today’s meditation is about knowing the truth. The word “know” used here is to establish a relationship. When we say that we know Jesus we are to stay in the truth. Jesus himself is the established truth of God. He is the Word of God.(John1:1-14) Walking with Jesus is walking in truth. If we say we walk in truth we obey his commandments and his teachings.

2 Timothy 4: 1-5In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Paul warned Timothy not to depart from truth and preach the truth. Timothy was instructed by Paul to correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction, for the equipping of the church to ensure that they will not turn away from truth.

Are you developing “itching ears” or falling away from truth? It’s hard to admit that we are having “itching ears”.

Here are the warnings:

1John 1:6- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not live the truth.

1 Timothy 4:1-Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the later time some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, doctrines of demons.

2 Corinthians 4:4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God …

Modern-day Christians consciously or subconsciously affected by religious pluralism. It is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co- existing in society.

How are we affected with this in a democratic governance? People have the tendency to accept and tolerate different religious practices in co-existing in society. The infusion of other belief systems subconsciously accepting by their mind and integrate it with their belief system and then later it became part their belief system ruling their whole being.

God will not allow syncretism or combination of Christian beliefs and other religious beliefs. We cannot serve two masters all at the same time. Jesus Christ must me the center of our belief system no more no less. The Scripture is our standard. Those who profess to be Christian should not flow with the belief system of the unbelievers.

As Christian prayer warriors, we are called to pray faithfully and hear from the voice of God and what ever we may hear from God we deliver to the church to strengthen and protect them. Our calling required constant fellowship with Jesus Christ and continuous renewing of mind (Romans 12:1-2) through the Scripture to avoid itching ears or falling away from truth. We should ask for wisdom from the Spirit of God so that we can have the ability to resist the lies of the false religions, cults and occults. (James 1:5)

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His truth shine upon you ! Amen.

List of Old Testament Stories Symbolizing Jesus

List of Old Testament Stories Symbolizing Jesus

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List of Old Testament Stories Symbolizing Jesus

• Christ is the Seed of woman and in Genesis 3:15 we are told He will one day crush Satan.

• In Exodus we find the story of the Passover Lamb, and Christ is the sacrificial Lamb given for us.

• In Leviticus we read of the high priests making sacrifices for the people, and Christ has become our High Priest, making the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins.

• In Deuteronomy Moses prophesied of a prophet who would come that would be greater than Himself. Jesus is that Great Prophet.

• In the book of Joshua, Joshua met the Captain of the Lord’s host. That man is Jesus Christ.

• In Judges, the leaders were judges who delivered God’s people, each of them typifying the Lord Jesus.

• Boaz, the kinsman who redeemed Ruth’s inheritance, is a picture of Christ.

• David, the anointed one, pictures Jesus and Jesus is described as being the Son of David.

• In 2 Samuel when the king is being enthroned, the entire scene is descriptive of the Lord Jesus.

• The books of Kings speak of the glory of God filling the temple and the Chronicles describe the glorious coming king, both referring to Jesus, the King of Kings.

• Ezra depicts Jesus as the Lord of our fathers.

• Esther offers a picture of Christ interceding for His people.

• Job says clearly that the Redeemer is coming!

• Christ appears time after time in the Psalms, including when David describes Him as “the Shepherd.”

• Isaiah details His glorious birth.

• Jeremiah reveals that He will be acquainted with sorrows.

• Joel describes Him as the Hope of His people.

• Amos tells us that Jesus is the judge of all nations.

• Obadiah warns of the coming eternal kingdom.

• Jonah offers a picture of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance.

• Zephaniah says that He will be the king over Israel.

• Zachariah is the prophet who speaks of Jesus riding on a colt.

• Malachi is the one who calls Him the Son of Righteousness.,

The Church empowered by the Holy Spirit. ( The Church from the Book of Acts )

Acts 2:42-47 New King James Version

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [a]doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and [b]sold their possessions and goods, and divided[c] them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added [d]to the church daily those who were being saved.

I believed that the Lord is leading us to go back to the old basic set up of the early church in the book of Acts where the Christians meet from house to house in small but intimate gatherings. Let me encourage you by taking you to the book of Acts and let us see the context of the “Church without a building” but with flesh and bones empowered by the Spirit of God.

What is the “church without a building” but with flesh and bones empowered by the Spirit of God?

The Greek word for Church is,

Ekklesia, being derived from the verb ek-kaleo, “to call out or forth,” has often been interpreted as an exclusive term, connecting its etymological meaning with the Biblical doctrine that Christians are those “called out of the world by God.

Ecclesia (or Ekklesia) in Christian theology means both: a particular body of faithful people, and the whole body of the faithful.

Another meaning of the wordChurch” is derived from the Greek “Kryiakon” meaning “The Lord’s House”. This sounds plausible at first, but there is just one problem. The greek word “Kryiakon” is not used in the scriptures. The greek word “Ekklesia” is.

Activities of the early Church- Acts 2:42-47

They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.

They remembered the Lord In the breaking of bread (communion)

They prayed for one another in faith.

Many wonders and miracles done through the apostles.

They have unity and charity helping one another.

Praising and worshipping God in one accord.

We can summarize these activities into three important ministries they have done:

The ministry of the Word – preaching and teaching with fellowship, Gospel preaching and discipleship were their priority to fulfilling the commandment of Jesus. Teaching with fellowship is “intimate” discipleship. Building up good characters of the disciples must follow the model how Jesus dealt with his disciples. The love and grace they received from Jesus, they pass it on to others.

The ministry of worship and prayers– they believed that God is all they need to have, to make all things be made possible, so they pursued the teaching of Jesus to please the Father in heaven in worship and prayer of supplication.

The ministry of the table service or food distribution. (Charity) – God have concerned to the poor, destitute orphans and widows. In the Jewish culture this is integral they remember that they have been delivered from poverty and slavery in Egypt. Remember the parable of the feast of Jesus and feeding of thousands. Redemption and restoration were emphasized lessons in showing charity to others. This should be visible in the Church of the past and in present time.

Later in the process of their growth, they set up leadership orders to maintain the growth of the Church, they recognized the gifts of the Holy Spirit to each one to strengthen and edify the believers.

Reflection:

Our present Community Churches today are busy bodies but lacking impact to the communities. You cannot even recognized their presence except the sign board labelling the church buildings.

Early Believers in the books of Acts are very much different from what we see today, They were simple and yet powerfully influential. This is something we should think about. Let us go back to basic but most important traits of Christianity.

We cannot separate charity and the church. Love and compassion must be the most visible fruit of our true identity as a Church.

We cannot also separate power to transform and the church. This is our calling. We preach and teach the Word of God along side with this- is our message to transform lives.

We cannot separate worship and prayer to the one and only true God. Everything will cease but worship and fellowship with the Living God will remain forever throughout eternity. This is the reason and purpose of our existence to become pleasure to our Creator.

Lastly, we cannot separate our identity with Christ. We are called Christians because we are like Christ, that should be our visible character more than anything else.

The Loving God the Father

Text : Luke 15:11-32

Objective:

To grow in our intimate relationship with our Father God in heaven.

Introduction:

Jesus amazingly presented the God the Father in the story of the prodigal Son. In His different presentation of the Kingdom of God in His sermon, the story of the prodigal son stand out for its uniqueness, because Jesus introduced God the Father to the Jews and Gentiles (multitudes as the audience of Jesus in the sermon in the Mountain) as a very loving Father which in the mind set of the Jews was a vague idea for they knew God as Holy Righteous One. They cannot even utter the name of Yahweh the Holy God. There were some Gentiles and Hellenistic Jews in the crowds listening to Jesus, likewise did not understanding the concept that God is a loving Father.

Here is How God the Father is introduced in the story of the prodigal son. The father in the story depicts the God the Father and two sons – the prodigal son and the faithful son.

God the Father has the heart of understanding – verse 12

God the Father has the heart of forgiveness – verse 18

God the Father has the heart full of love – verse 20

God the Father has the heart full of grace and mercy (the true generosity is from the heart full of grace and mercy) verse 22-23

God the Father has the heart filled with righteous wisdom. verse 24, 31-32

God the Father has the heart that is faithful and Just. verse verse 31-32

Conclusion

The story of the prodigal Son is also the story of the faithful father. Believe Jesus the way He introduced the Loving God the Father because the one who introduced the Father is the God the Son himself. He knew God and Co-existed with God since before the beginning of time. He wanted us to experience the love of the faithful God the Father.

The Love that pleases the Lord

Text: Romans 13:8

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

What is the fulfillment of the law?

A fulfilled law is exhibited by an inward righteousness that exemplifies God’s character and loves others; this is righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Love vs Rituals

God is Love so he who abides in God, the love of God is in him and so if a person operates in love, he is fulfilling the law.

There are more Greek words for love, variants and possibly subcategories, a general summary considering these Ancient Greek concepts are as follows:

Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means “love: esp. charity; the love of God for man and of man for a good God”.[2] Agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one’s children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast.[3] Agape is used by Christians to express the unconditional love of God for his children.[4] This type of love was further explained by Thomas Aquinas as “to will the good of another”.[5]

Éros (ἔρως érōs) means “love, mostly of the sexual passion”.[6] The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love”. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction”. In the Symposium, the most famous ancient work on the subject, Plato has Socrates argue that eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth, the ideal “Form” of youthful beauty that leads us humans to feel erotic desire – thus suggesting that even that sensually based love aspires to the non-corporeal, spiritual plane of existence; that is, finding its truth, just like finding any truth, leads to transcendence.[7] Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth through the means of eros.

Philia (φιλία philía) means “affectionate regard, friendship”, usually “between equals”.[8] It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle.[9] In his best-known work on ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, philia is expressed variously as loyalty to friends (specifically, “brotherly love”), family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity. Furthermore, in the same text philos is also the root of philautia denoting self-love and arising from it, a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.

Storge (στοργή storgē) means “love, affection” and “especially of parents and children”.[10] It is the common or natural empathy, like that felt by parents for offspring.[11] Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant. This is also used when referencing the love for one’s country or a favorite sports team.

Philautia (Greek: φιλαυτία, romanizedphilautía) means “self love” to love yourself or “regard for one’s own happiness or advantage”[12][full citation needed] has both been conceptualized as a basic human necessity[13] and as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness,[14] synonymous with amour propre or egotism. The Greeks further divided this love into positive and negative: one, the unhealthy version is the self-obsessed love, and the other is the concept of “self-compassion”.

Xenia (Greek: ξενία, romanizedxenía, meaning “guest-friendship”) is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and/or associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship.[15] The rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host expressed in both material benefits (such as the giving of gifts to each party) as well as non-material ones (such as protection, shelter, favors, or certain normative rights).(wikipedia.org)

Verses to teach us How to love.

1 John 4:8

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 2:9-10

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”

Colossians 3:14

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Romans 12:9-10

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

I Corinthians 13:4-5

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Proverbs 3:3-4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

1 Corinthians 16:14

“Do everything in love.”

1 John 4:7

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”

1 John 4:9-11

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

1 John 4:18-19

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.”

John 15:12

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Conclusion:

Let us learn from Peter this great lesson of love. The disciple who denied Jesus 3 times in a row.

This was the scene before Jesus was arrested. Look at the words of Jesus and Peter.

Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later” (John 13:36, ESV).

“Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times’” (John 13:37-38, ESV).

Later after Jesus have resurrected in John 21:15-17 Jesus confronted Peter to remove his guilty feeling and heal his heart because he denied Jesus.

“15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) me more than these?’ Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love (philia) you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs’ (John 21:15, ESV).

“16He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) me?’ Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love (philia) you.’  He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep’ (John 21:16, ESV).

“17Jesus said to Peter the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love (agape)me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love (agape) you.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’” (John 21:17, ESV).

Peter reaffirmed his love for Jesus 3 times but the last answer was very pleasing to Jesus because He saw the agape love and sincerity of Peter.

When we first confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior, what are your love words and promises to Him?

Do you still remember them?

Go back to your “first love” for the Lord, means rekindle your “first love” for the Lord. (Revelation 2:4-5)

The Lord Jesus wanted you to give your (agape) love to Him.

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