For the Bride: Pivotal Passages–1

No matter where you stand on the agreement/disagreement spectrum relative to my book, it is essential for you to know that I have come to my position based on the revelation of Scripture. I have established my emphasis regarding love, non-judgment, and holy conferencing through an inductive study of the Bible. I believe in the inspiration and authority of Scripture and stand on it as my foundation for faith and life.

In this post, and the next two, I will share some of the biblical passages that are the basis of the three pillars. Of course, the Bible has many other passages for each of the three themes.  I am limiting the list to the ones that have influenced me most–to the ones which have become for me the invisible infrastructure for each pillar.  They are not proof texts, but rather a “scriptural voice” that has led me more deeply into pondering each of the pillars.

Today, I share some passages that have led me to advocate the principle of love—passages where hesed & agape are used…

Deut 6:5/Leviticus 19:18
Deut 10:19
Mic 6:8
Mt 22:39-40
John 3:16
John 15
1 Cor 13
1 Thess 3:12-13
1 Tim 1:5
1 Peter 5:8
1 John 4:7-21

I am convinced that an immersion in the hesed/agape passages will transform our lives and our relations with one another. Far from producing “sloppy agape” (as critical wags allege) or cheap grace, the hesed/agape texts give us directly or indirectly the two great commandments, upon which Jesus said hang all the law and the prophets.

(If you do not have my book ‘For the Sake of the Bride’ on which these weekly writings are based, here is the Amazon link for it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product?ASIN=B00L5KW5HK&force-full-site=1&ref_=kin_tos_tate_appm_bk_sf_dp)

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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