“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2 NKJV
The purpose of Conversations in the Word is learning the word of God to develop our Faith to empower the community to achieve spiritual, mental, physical, and economic prosperity according to 3 John 1:2. In order to achieve that prosperity, we must first obtain salvation and then sanctification, or our soul transforming.
So, how do we begin to get our communities that surround the church to a point of prosperity?
The great Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolence movement stemmed from Agape, showing he based everything he did on the word of God. In one of his essays, An Experiment in Love, King says that “Agape is disinterested love. It is a love in which the individual seeks not his own good, but the good of his neighbor (1 Corinthians 10:24).” He says “agape springs from the need of the other person – his need for belonging to the best in the human family.”
Pretty much, agape love is Jesus. And what better example to follow.
John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are my disciple, if you love one another.”
Before preaching salvation, which is the first step towards prosperity, we must first love our neighbors as ourselves. Our hearts have to understand and recognize that there is an issue here in Charleston about the lack and limitation amongst our own people. Once we realize that there is a need of the other person the process of prosperity can begin.
Again this is a process and will take time. However, as believers we must wake up and accept the ministry that was given to us by God. Reconciliation. Starting through Agape love.