Pastor Gary Pilcher
Leed Pastor of Berean Assembly
God is a God of life. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual life. God's agape love is likewise life-giving.
"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work," (Ephesians 4:16)
Lovelessness brings death. Love gives life. Those that are living in agape love bring life wherever they go. It is important to see what we leave behind us. What fruit follows us? Our lives should be life-giving.
A man who had no interest in Christianity was a casual friend with his next door neighbor. They talked over the back fence, borrowed each others lawnmowers and such, but had not relationally moved beyond that. One day, the non-Christian man's wife discovered she had cancer and died 3 months later. Here is part of the note he wrote after this tragic event:
"I was in total dispair. I went through the funeral preparations and the service like I was in a trance. After the service, I went to the path along the river and walked all night. But, I didn't walk alone. My neighbor -- afraid for me, I guess -- stayed with me all night. He didn't speak; he didn't even walk beside me. He just followed me. When the sun finally came up over the river, he came over and said, 'Let's go eat some breakfast.'
"I go to church now. My neighbor's church. A religion that can produce the kind of caring and love my neighbor showed me is something I want to find out more about. I want to love and be loved like that for the rest of my life."
Agape love is life-giving!