Agape Covenant by: Taryn Tarver

To write about the agape covenant one must first define a covenant. The Agape covenant is just one of many covenant such as; the Hesed or blood covenant, a friendship covenant, and the salt covenant just to name a few. The most important covenant mentioned however is the blood covenant all the other covenant derive off of this binding agreement. A covenant is a binding agreement between at least two parties and God. Other words mentioned to express a covenant is an oath, promise, or contract. This agreement is meant to never be broken. We have previously been studying the Hesed covenant and as with every covenant there is a ceremony that must take place or shall I say cut. For modern term I will use an example of a covenant that you may be more familiar with; A wedding dealing with two people and God a binding-everlasting agreement, or a title deed to a mortgage you are promising to pay a debt owed in exchange for the home that you live in and have in you possession. In the Hesed covenant the ceremony went as follows (see Gen 15)

1. each man takes off his coat and gives it to the other ( the coat represented who I am and all that I am- Authority)

2. They take off each others belt of weapons ( this is the giving of Strength, your enemies are now my enemies, even if I die I will stand with you)

3. The walk of blood (a sacrifice was to be brought and the animals were to be split in halves making a pathway of blood. The two would walk in between the halves and exchange vows committing too never break the agreement.

4. The promises are made by each one along with the blessings of the covenant.

5. Each party swears by god to keep his promise, making the third party a witness.

6. The cutting of the Flesh

7. The hand is lifted as the oath is sworn with blood running down their arm.

8. The seal of the covenant. The scar will never go away a sign that we are absolutely one. here are several words used in the Greek language for Love; Eros, Storge, Phileo, and Agape. Each of these loves represents an aspect of a covenantal relationship. The reason that I spent so much time to explain the Hesed covenant is because without agape (Hesed) I’m nothing 91 Corinthians 13). Agape is the God King of Love unconditional love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. In my bible study handbook I read that The New Covenant “to love thy neighbor” is equal to the Hesed covenant in the Old Testament. The Foundational Scripture can be found in Heb 6:30 (God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them).

In the Agape covenant;

1. Faith works by Agape Gal5:6 and we all know or should know that without faith is impossible to please God.

2. God considers our ministering to one another in Agape-Hesed as a covenant. Heb 6:10-10, Eph 6-8

3. Covenant Agape has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5

4. The coming Revelation Ephesians 3:17-19, 1:4 & 15, 2:4. 4:2 that may be rooted and grounded in love. The truth of the matter is that many Christians are not rooted and grounded in love.

In Cor 1:13 I love the opening scripture which talks about if you don’t have love you don’t have nothing, yes you can lay hand and people recover, you speak in diverse tongues and you prophesy, God says you still have nothing. This is the area that we have fallen short and we use the excuse that only God is perfect. We seem to try to make the word fit in the area when you don’t line up. Instead of just confessing our bad character as sin; ask God to help us in this area we on saying things like, “if God wanted to change me he would tell me”. Well the true revelation is that he has told you in his words it’s called “The Logos the Written Word of God”. We can’t get so comfortable with only the “Rhema” the spoken worked of God or the Rhema the Written word of God. We must obey both of his commandments along with his word and his voice. The Character of God tells what he is and the bible says that God is Love. Now to know God is to love God that word “love God” can also mean to obey God. God has commanded us in the Covenant to love thy neighbor as thyself. Love is unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the well being of another. In 1 Th 3:11 the word of God say’s that your love can increase but one would have to work at that. Today we are not working at it enough and the constancy is just not there. Let a person say something that you don’t like or do something that does not line up with your standards and your ready to cut the friendship, this in not a convent type of love. In Agape Love, you have to be willing to work at making the situation and relationship better you must consider the person and there feelings, you must be patient and assume the best. Today we are so quick to react like the world does and get mad, and before we know it we have hurt another soul. Love is also a level of sensitivity, you may say to yourself, “well I give my time and I give my money,” but the great thing about God is that he made all of us unique. You have to learn a person you cant’ treat everyone the same. In the same way that we must learn what God likes, wants, and needs from us at that moment. It should be the same in an Agape covenant.

As I was studying this scripture stood out of me John 13:34 a new commandment I give to you that you love one anther, just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. So if you are in public yelling and screaming about another soul, or perhaps talking about another individual God is saying that, “you are not showing love”. No matter what the situation may be 2 Cor 3:3 says that we are letters being read by everyone. If they are reading me I want them to see love. I want people to know that I am quick to forgive. I won’t give up on our relationship. I will try to change in order to make things work. I will be patient, kind, gentle, and forbearing with you. To find an Agape covenant where the other individual is not selfish and only thinking about pleasing themselves is rare. But when you do and you come into that type of agreement it is priceless and worth holding on to. The world is full of hurtful people and people with hurts and pains. As Christian’s we are suppose to be helping to get these people delivered not inflicting wounds that cause you to need deliverance yourself.

If you are reading this paper on the Agape covenant stop and seek the Lord about the areas that you need improvement. To seek means to search until you get a word from God a revelation, something that you did not know that you need work on. You can start your search today by comparing yourself to the following scripture. Be honest with yourself confess any area that your spirit convicts you at, start making your confessions today that you are healed and thank God with a praise offering for your new life of Love. 1 Corinthians 13:4

1. Love is patient - slow to anger 2 peter 3:9

2. Love is Kind – this maintains a relationship it’s a continuous action Prv 3:3, Psa 103:8

3. Love is not Jealous – this is one of the works of the flesh

4. Love does not brag Romans 4:2

5. Love is not arrogant (not proud-NIV not puffed up-KJV) 1 Cor 10:12 James 4:6.

6. Love does not act unbecoming (not Rude-NIV) Phil 2:3-8

7. Love is not provoked (not easily angered NIV) Pro 19:11 James 1:19

8. Love does not take into account a wrong suffered (thinkieth not evil KJV) Romans 12:19 Rev 6:10

9. Love Does not rejoice in unrighteousness (evil NIV, Iniquity KJV) Romans 1;21-32

10. Rejoices with the truth Psa 32:11, Psa 119:162 Luke 10:20

11. Bears all things ( always Protects NIV) 1 peter 4:8, Prov 10:12 Gal 6:1

12. Believes all things ( always trusts NIV) Psa 91:2

13. Hopes in all things (always Hopes Tim 4:10, Romans 15:13

14. Endures all things (Always perseveres NIV) Romans 8:35-39

15. Never Fails 1 Cor 13:8 2 cor 1:3

The God kind of love is directed towards others and not the way we feel that we should love them instead of the way God say’s that they need love. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love takes some work and goes against our natural inclination. You can only practice this type of love with honesty, confession and the Help of God. It will take God to set aside our own desires and instincts so that we can give love while expecting nothing in return. Thus the more that we become like Christ the more love we will show towards others.

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