According to the gospel message, “love” is not just a feeling; it involves putting the needs and interests of others before your own—even enduring suffering and hardship for the sake of others.
Forgiveness is agape-love, born from offenses. Without offenses there could be no forgiveness, and hence no birth of agape in you. This requirement
for offenses brings enemies against you, riding high upon bewildering evils that stampede through your life with the fiery sword of God. These trials are the servants of God, to awaken a new love in your spirit. Agape-love comes alive as it is thrust into hardship. It is matured as it suffers long and with kindness. It must be plunged into anguish, so that it can learn to bear up under anything and everything that comes. Agape-love is produced only in ardent travail, by the dispatch of forgiveness. This is the crushing process of regenerative birth. Love (agapao) ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest.
To receive forgiveness you must turn to God, repent of your sins and confess them. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. But your giving of forgiveness has no such requirement. Your giving of forgiveness must be limitless, exhaustive, and without qualification. Your fellow mortals have nothing of any value with which to pay for their sins, and certainly owe you nothing at all. Their offenses must be met with your bold, unconditional release. And this is for your own good. For it is only this forgiveness that can produce the splendor of agape in you. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them.
Your bid to become the love of God will not change the events that occur around you. Rather, it will change the events that occur inside you. You need to forgive so that agape-love can be birthed in your spirit. The work of forgiveness in those around you is only a by-product. I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Do not yield to your fleshly cravings for revenge or reparation. Silence the moans of self-pity. Cast aside your concocted carnal arguments to withhold forgiveness. These are lying emissaries sent to shackle your spirit with failure. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Your desire to flush your friends away, replacing forgiveness with resentment, is a desire to terminate your own spiritual wealth. This is your conniving Adamic nature clinging to its own death. For any excuse to withhold forgiveness will withhold the birth of agape-love in you. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
When Jesus Christ forgave sin he was accused of blasphemy. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? This complaint was understandable, for in the Old Testament, forgiveness came from God alone. For who can forgive sins but God only? But now this divine power, God has given to you. When you received the forgiveness of Christ, it came in seed form. As it grows it will multiply, to become a power at your disposal. Forgiveness is the first true power of God that he has given to his maturing Sons. It is real, it works every time, and it is absolutely yours. Forgiveness is the only spiritual power that you require to reproduce the majesty of agape-love in you. Now you are commanded of your Heavenly Father to exercise this divine authority, for your own benefit. If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Forgiveness and the love it creates are your keys to the Kingdom of God. Remember that this kingdom is not a place, it is a begotten spirit within you. Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. If you bind sins while on earth you bind your spirit to the evil earthly realm. But if you forgive sins while on earth, you will loose your spirit into the perfection of agape-love. Forgiveness and agape-love are keys to a spiritual lock. They open a secret door to a heavenly kingdom, and will usher you in to Godlikeness. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When forgiveness flows from your spirit, agape-love is birthed inside you. This celestial love is alive. It is a Son of God, growing in your midst . When this living substance is fully matured in your spirit you will step into the endowment of your Heavenly Father. This is a new state of being, a fresh reality in the Begotten Realm. Within the Begotten Realm no mortal has ever trod. It is a domain which exists beyond creation. It is the realm of agape-love. In this magical dwellingplace the sins of the flesh have actually never existed. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not. Agape-love has never lacked from the glory of God. When you become this love, you will have never lacked from the glory of God. For I do always those things that please him. You will be a new creature, born of the perfect spiritual DNA of your Father. Your past, present, and future will be infinite and flawless. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The spectacular birth of agape-love in you is the desire of Jesus Christ and the joyful expectation of your Heavenly Father. That the love (agape) wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. By this hopeful delight you are now aimed at a new dimension, beyond the creation of flesh or spirit. This heavenly target is the realm of begotten love. That the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. This is not a place you must go. Rather, it is a fire that you must become. Begotten love is a living ember that must penetrate your spirit and then ignite into blazing splendor. When it is complete in you, perfection will be as easy as thought, and your every desire will come wrapped in an infinite capacity to produce love in any situation. To know the love (agape) of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.