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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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04/06/2010

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As a science teacher, demonstrations and activities were often a part of the curriculum. One of my favorites involved the teaching in physical science about the simple machines. To make the lesson practical and "hands on," I took the class out into the parking lot where we proceeded to change a tire on my pickup truck. In one lesson they learned about the simple machines and how to change a tire. When it comes to agape love, God has demonstrated exactly how. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). God is one of the true master teachers when it comes to love. When we were dead in sin, He, through His great love, made us alive in Christ.

Then comes Jesus! He, because of His great agape love for us, also made a powerful demonstration. It was to lay down His life in our stead. This is all encapsulated in a verse that most of you can quote, John 3:16. Later on in that same gospel He tells us that there is no greater love than this. (15:13) Agape love is active! It is always in demonstration mode. It was epitomized by Jesus when he told us to love our enemies. "If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that" (Matt. 5:46 & 47)? There is a common term used today that says, "keep it real." Jesus is certainly keeping it real here! As His love was one of active good will, so must ours be.

We can understand why the apostle Paul said, as he concluded the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians, that "the greatest of these is love. This powerful agape love needs to be an interwoven part of the tapestry that is our life. It is the epoxy of unification. It is what constrains us to be of service to each other. It is the very atmosphere of the Christian life as we walk in love. Agape love should be the very clothing that we wear as we are told to put on love. It is no wonder that Peter puts this virtue at the end of his list in the first chapter of his second epistle. Paul says, "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" (Col. 3:14). All parts of our lives are to be controlled by this active agape love.....

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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