Agapè (Classical Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη) is one of the Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for human-kind.
In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man.
Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thought-ful love. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors and Christian authors. Greek philoso-phers at the time of Plato and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affec-tion for a particular activity, in contrast to philia (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection) and eros, an affection of a sexual nature.
Thomas Jay Oord has defined agapè as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has gene-rated ill-being."
Agapè comprehends love for fellow human beings, human love for God and the love of God for humankind.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest command-ment. And the second is like it:Love your neighbour as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22: 37 - 40
The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say "Here it is", or "There it is", because the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17: 20, 21
God is love. We love because He first loved us.
Whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4
Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. Corinthians 16: 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-keeping, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It al-ways protests, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Corinthians 13: 4-7
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 8-9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practise hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay" says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink…" Love. Romans 12 : 9 - 21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. Psalm 85, 10 - 13.
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy: 5.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18.
...God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him.
1 John 4:16.
And he has given us the command:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:21
Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Corinthians, I:25.
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19 for the Director of Music. A psalm of David.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast,
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn. Psalm 57. -
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through
the narrow gate. For wide is the gate that leads to destruction,
and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7: 12 to 15.
Psaume de la Création
Paroles et musique : Patrick Richard
Par les cieux devant Toi, splendeur et majesté
Par l’infiniment grand, par l’infiniment petit,
Et par le firmament, Ton manteau étoilé,
Et par frère Soleil...
Je veux crier mon Dieu !
Tu es grand, Tu es beau,
Dieu vivant, Dieu très haut,
Tu es le Dieu d'amour !
Mon Dieu, Tu es grand, Tu es beau,
Dieu vivant, Dieu très haut,
Dieu présent en toute création.
Par tous les océans et par toutes les mers,
Par tous les continents et par l'eau des rivières,
Par le feu qui Te dit comme un buisson ardent
Et par l'aile du vent...
Par toutes les montagnes et toutes les vallées,
Par l'ombre des forêts et par les fleurs des champs,
Par les bourgeons des arbres et l'herbe des prairies,
Par le blé en épis...
Par tous les animaux de la terre et de l'eau,
Par le chant des oiseaux, par le chant de la vie,
Par l'homme que Tu fis juste moins grand que Toi
Et par tous ses enfants...
Par cette main tendue qui invite à la danse,
Par ce baiser jailli d'un élan d'espérance,
Par ce regard d'amour qui relève et réchauffe,
Par le pain et le vin...