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Devotional - week of July 1, 2007


AGAPE LOVE

 

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you… For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 2:19-21

 

 

Philippians 2:19-30 is unlike any other passage of Scripture in the entire New Testament. It contains no doctrine. It has only two commands. It provides revelations of genuine agape love by the church at Philippi, by the Apostle Paul, by Timothy and by Epaphroditus. 

 

Philippians 2:19-21, quoted above, vividly expresses agape—God like—love for others in the heart of Timothy.

 

Philippians 2:19-30 tells us that the church at Philippi sent a love offering to Paul who was imprisoned in Rome. A layman, Epaphroditus, made the trip to Rome to deliver the love offering. While Epaphroditus was making this trip, he became deathly ill. This passage expresses the deep concern of the Philippian church for Epaphroditus. 

 

Epaphroditus expressed agape love for Paul and for his church at Philippi when he willingly made the dangerous trip to Rome to deliver the love offering to Paul. The passage contains the following statement from Paul about Epaphroditus. “… for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.” Also, the agape love of Epaphroditus is expressed in his deep concern for the Philippians because of their concern for him.

 

Paul’s comments in the passage are filled with expressions that reveal his agape love for Epaphroditus and for the church at Philippi. In his comments about the healing touch of God on the body of Epaphroditus Paul wrote:

 

… but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.  Philippians 2:27-28  

 

These glowing expressions of agape love show that it is possible for such love to flow in families, in churches and between all born again believers.

 

Believers have such love when they live the life of grace.