sermonette: Essence of Love

Clyde Finklea
Given 13-Feb-16; Sermon #1308s; 19 minutes

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Clyde Finklea, decrying the careless way the world uses the word "love," does some etymological explorations of the Hebrew words ahavta and chesed connoting giving, commitment, unfailing love, devoted to acts of kindness, mercy, and longsuffering. These connotations are also captured by the Greek word agape, which prompts us to avoid retaliation, and instead practice concrete acts of kindness, not only putting up with one another, but attempting to add joy and comfort into each other's lives. When David took all the guff from King Saul, and then later showed his mercy to Saul's extended family, he demonstrated the true essence of godly love. Agape, chesed, and ahvata are in that respect interchangeable. God is love; how we practice love determines how we know God.

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Agape retaliation ahavta Avoiding çasdi Chesed Colossians 3:15 David's longsuffering Deuteronomy 6:5 Ephesians 4:1-3 I Corinthians 13: 4 I John 4:8 Giving God is love Isaiah 54 Kindness Leviticus 19:18 Longsuffering Long-tempered Lust in the air Mercy Messianic Bible Project Micah 6:8 Patience Self -examination Valentine's Day


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