Friday, March 17, 2006

αγαπην εν πνεθματι

Paul writes: ο και δηλωσασ την υμων αγαπην εν πνεθματι [Colossians 1:8]

Dunn [Colossians, pg. 65, italics mine] notes that:

The love that mirrors the love of God in Christ can only be aroused and sustained by the Spirit of God. The phrase carries overtones of an inspiration that wells up from within, charismatically enabled (Rom. 2:29; 1 Cor. 12:3, 9, 13; 14:16; 1 Thes. 1:5), and that depends on continued openness to the Spirit if its quality of unselfish service of others is to be maintained.
May your love in/by the Spirit be made known to others...

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