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The Way of Love Our Path

(Take a break and read how agape is expressed in the New Testament).

One author defined agape love as:  love for others that’s inclusive of a love for God, nature, strangers, or the less fortunate.  It’s generally an empathetic love toward humanity itself and is sometimes connected to altruism since it involves caring for and loving others without expecting anything in return.  This sort of pay-it-forward love—people helping others selflessly—is the foundation of great societies and communities.  As for our native tongue, I find it lacking in its ability to covey the length, breadth, and depth of Christ’s love to us and through us to a lost and dying world.  For we see before us and in us the outpouring of what is referred to as the total depravity of man!

The contextual pericope for the verse visually displayed might be:  The Way of Love Our Path. However, there are 56 other passages using the word agape that are included below if you dare to read them!  Better yet, pray that Christ would give each of us an eternal appointment to share His agape love today!

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1–13, NLT)

ἀγάπη in ESV

 

Matthew 24:12

 

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

 

 

John 15:9

 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

 

 

John 15:10

 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

 

 

John 17:26

 

I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

 

Romans 5:5

 

and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 

 

Romans 12:9

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

 

 

Romans 13:10

 

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

 

1 Corinthians 4:21

 

What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

 

 

1 Corinthians 8:1

 

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:4

 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:8

 

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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

 

 

1 Corinthians 16:14

 

Let all that you do be done in love.

 

 

1 Corinthians 16:24

 

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:14

 

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

 

 

2 Corinthians 6:6

 

by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;

 

 

2 Corinthians 8:7

 

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

 

 

2 Corinthians 13:14

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

 

Galatians 5:22

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

 

Ephesians 1:4

 

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

 

 

Ephesians 3:17

 

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

 

 

Ephesians 4:2

 

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

 

 

Ephesians 4:15

 

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

 

 

Ephesians 4:16

 

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 

 

Ephesians 5:2

 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

 

Ephesians 6:23

 

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Philippians 1:9

 

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

 

 

Colossians 2:2

 

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

 

 

1 Thessalonians 3:12

 

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:13

 

and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

 

 

2 Thessalonians 1:3

 

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.

 

 

1 Timothy 1:5

 

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

 

1 Timothy 2:15

 

Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

 

 

1 Timothy 4:12

 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

 

 

2 Timothy 1:13

 

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

 

 

2 Timothy 3:10

 

You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

 

 

Titus 2:2

 

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

 

 

Philemon 7

 

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

 

 

1 Peter 4:8

 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

 

 

1 John 2:5

 

but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

 

 

1 John 2:15

 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

 

1 John 3:17

 

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

 

 

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 4:8

 

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

 

1 John 4:9

 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

 

 

1 John 4:10

 

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

 

1 John 4:12

 

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

 

1 John 4:16

 

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

 

1 John 4:17

 

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

 

 

1 John 4:18

 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

 

1 John 5:3

 

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

 

 

2 John 3

 

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

 

 

2 John 6

 

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

 

 

3 John 6

 

who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.

 

 

Jude 2

 

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

 

 

Jude 21

 

keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

 

 

The Way of Love Our Path

(Take a break and read how agape is expressed in the New Testament).

One author defined agape love as:  love for others that’s inclusive of a love for God, nature, strangers, or the less fortunate.  It’s generally an empathetic love toward humanity itself and is sometimes connected to altruism since it involves caring for and loving others without expecting anything in return.  This sort of pay-it-forward love—people helping others selflessly—is the foundation of great societies and communities.  As for our native tongue, I find it lacking in its ability to covey the length, breadth, and depth of Christ’s love to us and through us to a lost and dying world.  For we see before us and in us the outpouring of what is referred to as the total depravity of man!

The contextual pericope for the verse visually displayed might be:  The Way of Love Our Path. However, there are 56 other passages using the word agape that are included below if you dare to read them!  Better yet, pray that Christ would give each of us an eternal appointment to share His agape love today!

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1–13, NLT)

ἀγάπη in ESV

 

Matthew 24:12

 

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

 

 

John 15:9

 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

 

 

John 15:10

 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

 

 

John 17:26

 

I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

 

Romans 5:5

 

and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 

 

Romans 12:9

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

 

 

Romans 13:10

 

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

 

1 Corinthians 4:21

 

What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

 

 

1 Corinthians 8:1

 

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:4

 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:8

 

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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

 

 

1 Corinthians 16:14

 

Let all that you do be done in love.

 

 

1 Corinthians 16:24

 

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:14

 

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

 

 

2 Corinthians 6:6

 

by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;

 

 

2 Corinthians 8:7

 

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

 

 

2 Corinthians 13:14

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

 

Galatians 5:22

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

 

Ephesians 1:4

 

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

 

 

Ephesians 3:17

 

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

 

 

Ephesians 4:2

 

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

 

 

Ephesians 4:15

 

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

 

 

Ephesians 4:16

 

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 

 

Ephesians 5:2

 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

 

Ephesians 6:23

 

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Philippians 1:9

 

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

 

 

Colossians 2:2

 

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

 

 

1 Thessalonians 3:12

 

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:13

 

and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

 

 

2 Thessalonians 1:3

 

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.

 

 

1 Timothy 1:5

 

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

 

1 Timothy 2:15

 

Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

 

 

1 Timothy 4:12

 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

 

 

2 Timothy 1:13

 

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

 

 

2 Timothy 3:10

 

You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

 

 

Titus 2:2

 

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

 

 

Philemon 7

 

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

 

 

1 Peter 4:8

 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

 

 

1 John 2:5

 

but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

 

 

1 John 2:15

 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

 

1 John 3:17

 

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

 

 

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 4:8

 

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

 

1 John 4:9

 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

 

 

1 John 4:10

 

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

 

1 John 4:12

 

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

 

1 John 4:16

 

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

 

1 John 4:17

 

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

 

 

1 John 4:18

 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

 

1 John 5:3

 

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

 

 

2 John 3

 

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

 

 

2 John 6

 

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

 

 

3 John 6

 

who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.

 

 

Jude 2

 

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

 

 

Jude 21

 

keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

 

 



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