(excerpt from P. Carl Stevens, founder of GGWO)
Do you know what you and I can do? Do you know what this church can do in all the world? Have you any idea? It is amazing, the potential impact of our lives. We have people who have brought the message of grace and the Finished Work and unconditional love into all the world. This one’s preaching on it in India. That one’s preaching on it in Brazil. Others are preaching on it in the United States in different cities and different churches.
That happens because people have literally been confined, controlled, and held in by agape love. That is what a church is all about. That’s what a Bible college is all about. Can you imagine a Bible school where people learn only knowledge and academics but never hear the height, the depth, the length, and the breadth of God’s love? They may have the Greek inside out, the Hebrew inside out. Well, they need to be turned inside out by agape love. They may have all the academics. There’s nothing wrong with that. We need to learn. But I think the Bible says in Ephesians 3:19, “Love passes knowledge.” …We want a Bible college where students come up with knowledge of the character and nature of God. They know categorical doctrine. They think with God. Yet, there is so much love and agape love in their hearts.
By the way, it is never a love disconnected from truth. It is not one of these wishy-washy, “I love you! I love you! I love you!” deals. First Peter 1:22 tells us that we ought to have “unfeigned and fervent love.” The Greek word is anupokritos, and it means “genuine, sure, and sincere love” – love connected to truth. Love that is disconnected fro m truth is just an emotional response to another kingdom or the flesh. … Unfeigned love is not lukewarm, laid-back and passive. It is hot, active, ready to go.