By our daily desire to be  Jesus-centered,  filled by the Spirit, the underlined words below are the nine Fruit of the Spirit,  meditating on and applying the Word of God, HEAR method, 2 Peter 1:3 HCSB, Joshua 1:8, 5:22 CSB and  by God’s grace, believers can persevere to practice agape love.
- 4a Love is patient; the Holy Spirit empowers individual Disciples to control self in long-suffering patience during trials, tests, provocations, and problems. We have God’s grace and guidance, one day at a time, while trusting and waiting on God, sometimes for years.
- 4b Love is kind; Disciples treat others with kindness, gentleness and goodness even when disagreeing with someone or having to take disagreeable actions.
- 6b Love…rejoices in truth; living according to God’s truth; be filled with joy when we see others living the truth of the gospel.
- 7aLove… bears all things; faithful love overlooks minor offenses and problems; major problems or disagreements will be met with peace making responses described here. Love over looks weaknesses of others that are facts of life that cannot be changed.
- 7b Love… believes all things; trusts others and give others the benefit of the doubt rather than believing the worst about them.
- 7c Love… hopes; always looks forward with faithfulness, trusting God to work things for our good [Romans 8:28]. Jesus will finish the good work He has begun in believers [Philippians 1:6].
- 7d Love… endures all things; love always perseveres, is not moved up and down like a thermometer by the offenses and failings of others.
- 8a Love never ends; when we love like God, we are engaging in an eternal activity.
- 4c Love does not envy; not displeased by the success of others or desire what they have.
- 4dLove…is not boastful; not bragging about our achievements or actions.
- 4e Love… is not arrogant; not prideful, self-important or refusing to be thankful and submit to God and others. [James 4:7, Ephesians 5:20-21]
- Love… 5a is not rude; not discourteous, impolite, rough, or disrespectful of others attitudes and actions.
- Love…5b is not self-seeking; not putting self first or above others. Jesus is our example [Philippians 2:4-8].
- Love…5c is not irritable; not touchy or easily offended by perceived slights, actions or words of others.
- Love…5d does not keep a record of wrongs; not holding on to grievances or resentments. Jesus taught the importance of not keeping a count of wrongs [Matthew 18:22].
- 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness; those who truly love can never be joyful when others fall into immorality.
Do I love anyone with agape love? Do I desire for my love to be agape?
Henry Luke 4/26/2018
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