The Ultimate Equality: Biblical Agape (Love)
In today’s society, there is a lot of discussion about equality for every citizen in the law and in relationships between races, cultures, and lifestyles. One of the reasons the US has developed into a bulwark of freedom and equality is the foundation of Biblical agape (love) that was more clearly understood by those who have gone before. Most citizens today, especially the young, do not recognize the word agape which is the Greek word most translated as the word love in the Bible. Therefore, most citizens do not recognize the importance of the Word of Almighty God, the Bible on equality of individuals independent of races, cultures, and lifestyles and in the development of the American ethos. There are at least 3 Greek words that are translated as the word love in the Bible. (See appendix)
Agape (love) is defined as a decision of the will to consider the needs of the other person on an equal level with self when making any decision. Another word for Agape love is “equally consider” love in which the decision is chosen to be most beneficial to both persons. An agape decision is not always perceived as the kindness but is always a righteous choice.
Jesus said agape (love) is the foundation of the two most important Biblical commands, specifically:
Matthew 12:28-31 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 Love (agapao) the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f]
31 The second is this: ‘Love (agapao) your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
To agape love (consider) your neighbor as yourself is the ultimate equality. However, to consider others as yourself in all your actions is also a decision to try to do what is best for others. Warning others of things that may harm them, just as parents warn children, must also be conducted in a respectful, compassionate, and gentle
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