By Ben Norrod
The love for your wife is "phileo" love. The love for God is "agapao" love, million miles higher…
(Branham, W., Hear Ye Him, South Bend, Indiana, February 9, 1958, Para 44).
Love is a modern marvel to humankind. The day we live in is filled with such violence and hatred the term 'love' is not spoken of (nor thought of) in the right light.
Jesus told us, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (KJV, Matthew, Chapter 24, Verse 12).
The Apostle Paul said it this way: "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die" (KJV, Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 7)
The words of Paul express our life quandaries with the effectual love not exhibited in the attitudes of men and women. One might (peradventure) die for someone who is good, but for a righteous man (scarcely). It baffles one's mind to think people do not possess the type of love Jesus referred of when he said a friend would lay down his life for another friend
(KJV, John, Chapter 15, Verse 13).
The Love of God acted as a microscope examining future generations for one speck of friendship, kinship, and brotherly unity. The Spirit of God recognized man could not render love higher than himself; thus, people were constantly failing to demonstrate true agape for one another. The only way 'agape' could live in man is for 'agape' to come and be born within a man. As time drew on in the days after Genesis the desires of people changed with higher manifestations of sin (and since sin began as a seed) the seed of discrepancy grew into terrifying branches of evil watered, fertilized, and cared for by a gardener called, "Hatred".
Paul warned us: "In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed,
having no evil thing to say of you" (KJV, Titus, Chapter 2, Verses 7-8)
The story of the 'Old Rugged Cross' is often thought of as theatrical passion play rather than a true 'Passion' for people. The developments within the technological world has removed (though unarguably enjoyed by many) the emotional connection between two individuals. Some families spend more time texting others at the dinner table, playing hours worth of video games, and chatting in multiplied ways without emotional attachment.
One might question, 'why is this a problem'? The answer is simple, actually. In order for humans to create memories and influence positive physiological chemistry (fancy wording the big-shots use for 'your feelings') people need emotional connection. Experts scientists, researchers, and medical doctors speak often of how the brain is wired to respond to emotion. The brain is not only wired for emotion, but thrives upon emotional connection. The words we speak, the lives we live, the love we show others needs to be a million miles higher.
Bro Ben has been a minister for the past twenty years. Bro Ben is married to Samantha and together they have two girls. The Norrod’s music website and newsletter is an extension of the ministry given to Bro Ben by our Lord Jesus. You can visit them at thenorrodsmusic.com