Corner of Crown & Albion Streets, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
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The stained glass windows of CPC's auditorium.

Pastoral Letter 7th May 2023

Pastor Arthur Leung

The book of 1 John is a book of love and joy. It explains the fellowship we have with others and with Jesus Christ. In 1 John 4:7-8, it says "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and God is love". This passage speaks of God's loving nature. Love is not merely an attribute of God; it is part of his very makeup. God alone loves in the completeness and perfection of love.

John’s teaching reveals that love is essential in the believer’s life. Love is the litmus test of an authentic relationship with God. If we are indeed children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, we share in His nature (2 Peter 1:4). God’s nature is love; therefore, we will exhibit love. Demonstrating Christian love confirms the reality of our spiritual life.

John wants us to love one another with agape because this is how God loves. Jesus instructed, “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:12–13). John's conclusion is simple: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11).

How do we practice Agape love? It is a selfless love that is given freely and without the expectation of reciprocation. Here are some ways you can practice agape love:

1. Give without strings attached: Sacrifice without expectation of reciprocation. Do it out of love.

2. Pray for your enemies: Pray for those who have wronged you.

3. Speak in Truth and Love: Speak honestly and with love.

4. Set aside your own agenda: To nurture your agape love, you must set aside your own goals and agendas to sincerely support your partner.

5. Be patient: Sometimes we must be patient with one another.

6. Be generous: Agape love is generous. Agape partners give freely and willingly to one another, no matter what is asked of them.

Let us all keep learning agape love from God and practice it in our daily life.





1. 無條件地給予:犧牲而不期望回報。出於愛而行。

2. 為你的敵人禱告:為那些傷害過你的人禱告。

3. 用真理和愛心說話:真誠地、充滿愛心地說話。

4. 放下自己的想法:要培養您的無私之愛,您必須擱置自己的先入為主的想法,真誠地支持,接納你身邊的人。

5. 恆久忍耐:有時我們必須彼此相互忍耐。

6. 慷慨:無私之愛是慷慨的。無論被要求什麼都會甘心而願意地彼此給予。


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