Tag: agape

  • Jesus is Love

    It’s the most popular Bible verse and, in a sense, is a one-sentence synopsis of all the Scriptures. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16 NIV) Jesus, when He came to earth as a human,…

  • Why are Christians so Mean? (A transparent answer to a hard question)

    “Why are Christians so mean?” Sadly, the question is asked more frequently than we’d like to admit. Let me begin by saying if you feel you’ve been mistreated by a Christian or you’ve witnessed someone else mistreated by one, I am sincerely sorry. That shouldn’t happen. People—and especially Christians—should love one another. Unfortunately, the reality…

  • On Michael Sam, Popular Opinion and Real Courage

    If I could see what was trending on my personal Twitter timeline over the past 24 hours, I know what would be at the top: Michael Sam. Sam is a former standout football player for the Missouri Tigers who is entering the 2014 NFL Draft and last night announced to the world that he’s gay.…

  • How to Deal with Difficult Christians (And Avoid Common Mistakes)

    “There’s this Christian that’s difficult to get along with. What should I do?” Sadly, that’s a question many of us face. People are imperfect. That includes Christians. Let’s tackle this difficult question. … For the past several posts, I have been discussing the theme of separating what is from what should be, with a particular…

  • 3 Tips to Loving Others as Jesus Loves Us (How to Extend Agape Love Even When It’s Hard)

    As Jesus was finishing up with dinner on the night He was arrested, He told the disciples around the table: 31 … “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.…

  • December 2 – 1 Corinthians (part 3) – The Greatest Gift is Love

    Reading  1 Cor. 11:17-14:40  Devotional Beginning in 1 Cor. 12, Paul instructs the Corinthians regarding spiritual gifts. In the early church, the Christians didn’t have complete Bibles like you and I have today. In order to accomplish His purpose, the Holy Spirit gave various special gifts and abilities to the Christians, such as the ability…