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We have used common definitions of words in the English language while seeking an understanding of meaning that can only come from the Holy Spirit.  With the help of and other sources, we have attempted to clarify confused theological usage of terms like grace, forgiveness, judging, etc.  The reader will already know that many words have multiple and distinctly different meanings depending on usage.  Religion, multiple languages and the minds of men have confused understanding, and we desire to remove as much confusion as we are capable of.



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Agape (Gk)

See the full article, with footnotes, by Wayne Jackson at

The Nature of Love

But what did Christ mean when he suggested that we must exercise love in these dimensions? To answer this question, it will be helpful to consider the meaning of “love,” as that term is employed in the Greek Testament.

There are two common words in the Greek Testament, both of which are rendered “love” in the English translation. First, there is the verb agapao; then there is also phileo. These terms are the subject of some controversy among scholars. A few allege that these words have virtually the same meaning, and are mostly employed as “stylistic variations.” The vast majority of New Testament scholars, however, see a distinction between the terms.

Agapao has been described as the love of the intellect, a disposition that manifests itself in devotion to the object of its interest. By way of contrast, phileo is viewed as being a love of “the feelings, instinctive, warm affection” (Green, p. 377).

Barclay argued that agapao is the love of the mind, or the will; whereas phileo is the love of closeness and affection (1974, pp. 20-21).

Nigel Turner observed that phileo has to do with “warm and spontaneous affection,” but agapao connotes “a calculated disposition of regard and pious inclination” (p. 263).

Thayer suggested that agapao is grounded in admiration, veneration, and esteem, while phileo is prompted by sense and emotion (p. 653).

And another scholar says that agapao “often conveys the idea of showing love by action” (Richardson, p. 134).

Having noted this, we now observe that agapao is the word employed in the passage under consideration. We are to love God, our neighbor, and even ourselves with an agapao-type love.



To consent or comply passively or without protest.

See Synonyms at assent.


A step-by-step problem-solving procedure, especially an established, recursive computational procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps.



Heb. Shalam.  Used 107 times.   To be in a covenant of peace, to make peace with, to be complete, to be finished, be ended, to repay, to make whole or good, restore, make recompense.   See Lev 5:16.  “He shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, he shall add one fifth to it…..” KJV.  See Prov 14:9  “Fools mock at making amends”


At-One-Ment is a good definition.

Heb. Kippur (re things like the altar) A covering of an offense by making a sacrifice.

Kaphar.  Used 94 times.  To cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch.


Church/ church

  1. Church:  The universal Church of Jesus Christ including all local churches, the members that have gone before and the members that remain.
  2. church:  The expression of the Church in a local society of two or more believers and including the elders and ministers responsible for the government and nurturing of that society.


    1. The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.
    2. Interpersonal rapport.


                    1.   The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong:  Let your conscience be your guide.

                    2.   A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement: a document that serves as the nation's conscience.

                    3.   Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct: a person of unflagging conscience.


that faculty of the mind, or inborn sense of right and wrong, by which we judge
of the moral character of human conduct. It is common to all men. Like all our
other faculties, it has been perverted by the Fall (John 16:2; Acts 26:9; Rom.
2:15). It is spoken of as "defiled" (Titus 1:15), and "seared" (1 Tim. 4:2). A
"conscience void of offence" is to be sought and cultivated (Acts 24:16; Rom.
9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 1 Pet. 3:21).

Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary


    1. To express strong disapproval of.
    2. To pronounce judgment against; to sentence.
    3. To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against: were condemned by their actions.


1.       A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.

2.      A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash.

3.      Psychology. A psychic struggle, often unconscious, resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.

4.      Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially opposition that motivates or shapes the action of the plot.


1.       An act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction.

2.      A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.

3.      An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition.


1.       Disposed to inflict pain or suffering.

2.      Causing suffering; painful.

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And a person who is living on milk isn't very far along in the Christian life and doesn't know much about doing what is right.


Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.

The phrase ‘recognize the difference’ or ‘discern’ in verse 14 is the following in Strong’s.

 Strong's Number:   1253

 Browse Lexicon 

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from (1252)

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Noun Feminine



  1. a distinguishing, discerning, judging

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 King James Word Usage - Total: 3

discerning 1, discern 1, disputation 1


Note the root word Krino, or judgment, is present in dia-krisis.

 Strong's Number:   2919

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perhaps a primitive word

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  1. to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose
  2. to approve, esteem, to prefer
  3. to be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion
  4. to determine, resolve, decree
  5. to judge
    1. to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong
      1. to be judged, i.e. summoned to trial that one's case may be examined and judgment passed upon it
    2. to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure
      1. of those who act the part of judges or arbiters in matters of common life, or pass judgment on the deeds and words of others
  6. to rule, govern
    1. to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment
  7. to contend together, of warriors and combatants
    1. to dispute
    2. in a forensic sense
      1. to go to law, have suit at law

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    'Erotic' or physical love.  see Agape for a more complete study on love.


    1. Any condition or act that is less than Godly.
    2. Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant.
    3. Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet.
    4. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens.
    5. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation.
    6. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper.


A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and freedom from responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.


Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.

Experiences are retained as memories. Memories are associated by the heart into patterns and relationships. Patterns of previous experiences form beliefs and expectations of future experiences. Expectations of life content are orchestrated by heart to accomplish those expectations whether good or bad. This is how faith works. See Mark 11:23 for the explanation of the cooperation of the heart and the tongue to even move mountains. Also see Luke 6:45 for understanding on good and evil content of the heart which controls what comes out of the mouth. Faith is produced by the Heart.  All the contents of the heart influence and work together to produce what we focus on. Heart conflicts tend to nullify faith or to lend themselves to the heart sponsoring and producing the very thing we do not want.



    1. To remove or cancel, in total or in part, a debt of honor, relational abuse, or of property.  Setting aside a just cause of action against a person for the sake of reconciliation, or mercy, or of righteousness.
    2. Internal and personal maintenance of one’s heart to properly process negative or potentially contaminating sentiments. i.e. bitterness, revenge or hatred.  To repent of an attitude of resentment or revenge toward a repentant offender.
    3. Hebrew.    Calach.  Strong’s 05545.  Used 45 times

to forgive, pardon

    1. Greek.  Aphiemi,  Strong’s 863, Used 863  (138 as forgive)
      From + to go 
  1. to send away
    1. to bid going away or depart
      1. of a husband divorcing his wife
    2. to send forth, yield up, to expire
    3. to let go, let alone, let be
      1. to disregard
      2. to leave, not to discuss now, (a topic) 1c
  2. of teachers, writers and speakers
      1. to omit, neglect

1.                                           to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit

2.                                          to give up, keep no longer

  1.                         to permit, allow, not to hinder, to give up a thing to a person
  2. to leave, go way from one

 .               in order to go to another place

a.       to depart from any one

b.       to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned

c.       to desert wrongfully

d.       to go away leaving something behind

e.       to leave one by not taking him as a companion

f.         to leave on dying, leave behind one

g.       to leave so that what is left may remain, leave remaining

h.                   abandon, leave destitute



1.       One who is from a foreign country or place.

2.      One who is from outside a particular group or community; an outsider.



1.       God’s power and ability functioning in and through us to do a certain thing.  A gift of supernatural power and action.

2.      A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.

3.      A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.

4.      The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.

5.      An excellence or power granted by God.

6.      God’s favor and kind attitude toward the humble.


Heart is a component of each Soul and is the connection between the spirit dimension and the natural or physical world. Many functions of the Heart are listed earlier in this book. Psychology uses the term 'sub-conscious' to recognize and describe many characteristics of the heart which are also Biblically correct.

An alternate rendering of the Greek dianoia or deep thought. This is the display area where past experiences are remembered. Dreams of the heart and visions of the spirit are shown and processed here. The imagination is the voice of the heart and the direct line of communication to the conscious mind.

To understand more, think of a child of about six years of age. He can 'dream' up all sorts of 'imaginary' creatures and events. Playing with an imaginary friend is typical for the creative heart of a child.

In our understanding, Imagination is like a TV screen within the heart.  It is here that memories are projected and then viewed by our inner eyes and considered in the conscious mind.  Also, we can control, create, and change images, sounds, and emotions in that place.  Our heart interprets events, past and present, and projects the projects the results here where they become real to us even they are only metaphors or perceptions of reality.

 We know from scripture that dreams are an important means of the Spirit to communicate with us, through the heart to the conscious mind. See the first






1.       Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.

2.      A grossly immoral act; a sin.


1.       Damage or harm done to or suffered by a person or thing: escaped from the accident without injury; a scandal that did considerable injury to the campaign.

2.      A particular form of hurt, damage, or loss: a leg injury.

3.      Law. Violation of the rights of another party for which legal redress is available.

4.      Obsolete. An insult.



1.       Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.

2.      A specific unjust act; a wrong.



1.       Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless: an innocent child.

2.      Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless.

3.      Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.

4.      Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous

5.      Candid; straightforward

6.      Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless.

7.      Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless: was innocent of all charges.

Information flow from spirit dimensions to personal heart to conscious mind.



1.       To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration

2.      Law. To hear and decide on in a court of law; try

3.      Obsolete. To pass sentence on; condemn.

4.      To act as one appointed to decide the winners of.

5.      To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation.

6.      To have as an opinion or assumption; suppose

7.      To form an opinion or evaluation.

8.      To act or decide as a judge.


1.       The quality of being just; fairness.

2.      The principle of moral rightness; equity.

3.      Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness.

4.      The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law.

5.      Law. The administration and procedure of law.

See the full article, with footnotes, by Wayne Jackson at

1. Love is always righteous, as God tells us what righteousness is.

2. Love is always Just.  One cannot violate Righteousness and Justice and be Loving.

3. To be Agape Love, love must be developed (fruit), controlled or ‘led’ by the Spirit of God rather than human spirit or emotion. 

4. The love of God is discovered and made manifest In Christ Jesus by the member.

5. Love may be defined from God’s point of view, from man’s and also from Satan’s.

6. Love hates evil..  This shows us that Love has positive and negative aspects which are extremely difficult to reconcile into an understandable model or concept. 

7. Love is a function of value.  Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  “Peter, do you agape me?”

8. Love is the method and manner of relationships with God first and then with all others of differing values, in terms of relationship.

9. The Methods and Actions of love are always righteous.  God himself is the example of righteous love.

10. Justice is love’s system for restoring relationships in righteousness. ( Love for God and the Lord Jesus is demonstrated by commitment and by obedience)

11. Love is always a choice.. An election of free will.  This proves the genuineness of Love.

12. Love as phileo, is over run with natural, unconverted, even copycat (looks like Godly love)  carnal emotions which must be fed to be sustained.  Some women are ‘emotional’ and need to feel ‘loved’.  This drains the spirit of others and overwhelms true Godly love.


1.       Any individual who has a continuing relationship with God, the Father,  through Jesus Christ.

2.      An individual who is a part of the Body of Christ.

3.      A saint. 

4.      One for whom Christ died.


1.       Devine mercy is God’s power, ability, authority and resources working outside of us but for our benefit in a particular situation.  The examples of Mercy in scripture usually show the personal involvement of a benefactor when someone cannot help themselves.  See the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 for a clear example of mercy.

2.      Also, Mercy means compassionate treatment, leniency or forgiveness by one with authority to grant them, often when an unintentional or ignorant sin has been committed. Mercy, scripturally, is limited toward or withheld from those who are not humble or repentant. See James 4:6.

3.      We may grant mercy in the same ways as God given our limitations as humans.

4.      Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.

5.      Alleviation of distress; relief.


A word or phrase used to describe one thing that is used to describe another and different thing. Much of the language of the Bible, which is spiritual, is in the form of stories, parables, pictures and so forth that are borrowed from familiar things or situations to describe the unfamiliar. Metaphors do not give a complete description and are only used to give light to thinking but not total understanding. Metaphors are the language of the heart as experienced in dreams which most of us have but do not understand. Many folk believe that all dreams are from the Spirit of God, but this would step over the communications that heart is trying to make with the natural mind. Metaphors are symbols of the real rather than complete pictures of the real.

In our understanding, Mind is comprised of two connected and interdependent parts. The first is the conscious mind or that part of mind that functions almost exclusively to interact with the physical world. The second part of Mind is the Heart which functions in much more meaningful and complex ways to interact with the spirit world and the physical world while running most all life support programs in the background.

Looking at the Old Testament words for mind (in the King James Version) can really be confusing. Mind appears only 39 times with one or two major words taking the largest shares. Ruach or breath, spirit, Labe or heart, and nephesh, living, breathing creature. (I think the KJV translators had a really hard task to get it right and make everybody happy too.)

In the New Testament things settle down a bit. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus uses these words: kardia as heart, psuchē as soul, and dianoia as mind (in the KJV) Now, we have seen dianoia also translated as deep thought and as imagination. The most often used word for mind or thought is nous. Dianoia is a derivative word of the root nous.
Imagination is a part of the heart which is a part of the soul which also has a conscious mind to interact with the physical world. Simple, eh?



1.       The act of causing anger, resentment, displeasure, or affront.

2.      The state of being offended.

3.      A violation or infraction of a moral or social code; a transgression or sin.

4.      A transgression of law; a crime.

5.      Something that outrages moral sensibilities.



1.       A punishment established by law or authority for a crime or offense.

2.      Something, especially a sum of money, required as a forfeit for an offense.

3.      The disadvantage or painful consequences resulting from an action or condition: neglected his health and paid the penalty.


Someone who perpetrates wrongdoing, a culprit.

Phileo (Gk)  See Agape for definition by comparison

    Affectionate, brotherly love.


  1. A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.
  2. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association: parental pride.
  3. A cause or source of pleasure or satisfaction; the best of a group or class.
  4. The most successful or thriving condition; prime: the pride of youth.
  5. An excessively high opinion of oneself; conceit.
  6. Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment; haughtiness.


Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.


1.       The reestablishing of cordial relations.

2.      A process employed to reestablish a close relationship.

3.      To settle or resolve.

4.      To bring (oneself) to accept.

5.      To make compatible or consistent.


1.       Moral uprightness; righteousness.

2.      The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.

3.      The quality of being straight


  1. All aspects of interaction between two or more individuals.
  2. Horizontal relationships exist between persons of equal status in a society. i.e., husband and wife, brother and sister.
  3. Vertical relationships exist between persons of unequal status in society where one has more power and authority than another.  i.e., God over all, apostles over churches, ministers over members, parents over children.



1.      The act or process of repairing or the condition of being repaired.

2.      The act or process of making amends; expiation.

3.      Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

4.      reparations Compensation or remuneration required from a defeated nation as indemnity for damage or injury during a war.


There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance.

(1.)The verb _metamelomai_ is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or
even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word
is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matt. 27:3).

(2.) Metanoeo,
meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge.
This verb, with (3) the cognate noun _metanoia_, is used of true repentance, a
change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.
Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one's own guilt and
sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred
of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God; and
(4) a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God in the way
of his commandments. The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps. 51:4, 9), of
pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22). Thus he
apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares
him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an
apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Ps. 51:1;

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary &



1.       Indignation or ill will felt as a result of a real or imagined grievance.

2.       The deep sense that one has been wronged or has suffered injustice.


1 a : a restoration of something to its rightful owner b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury
2 a : the equitable remedy of restoring to an aggrieved party that which was obtained in unjust enrichment b : a remedy for breach of contract that consists of restoring the aggrieved party to the status quo that existed before the contract was made
3 : an amount to be paid for the purpose of restitution <ordered to pay restitution to the victim of his crime> —compare FINE

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.



1.       To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.

2.      To bring back to an original condition: restore a building.

3.      To put (someone) back in a former position: restore the emperor to the throne.

4.      To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.

5.      An act of restoring: damage too great for restoration.


1.       The act of doing hurt or harm to another in return for wrong or injury suffered; satisfaction obtained by repayment of injuries.

2.      A desire to repay injuries by inflicting hurt in return.

Righteousness, Righteous, Right

1.       Those who do what is right, as defined by God, are identified as the righteous.

2.   The righteous ones are those who have been justified by God through the sacrifice of Jesus, and who remain in Him, doing what is right.

3.   Morally upright; without guilt or sin: a righteous parishioner.

4.      In accordance with virtue or morality: a righteous judgment.

5.      Morally justifiable: righteous anger.


The belief and sense that there is something so wrong with one's self and personhood that no one can fully accept them, and even God can not fix it.  A state of hopeless self rejection and emotional pain demonically inspired.


1.       A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.

2.      Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.

3.      Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.

4.      A crime against the Kingdom of God.


The total living entity of an individual spirit human as expressed through a physical body. Personality is a good synonym. Soul is derived from the Hebrew word 'nephesh' or 'breathing creature' and is translated as 'soul' 420 times. See Genesis 2:7 for the idea that God blasted spirit breathe into dirt and it came alive. In the Greek New Testament, psuchē, or 'breathe' is used in 36 verses. The idea remains the same. Nephesh or soul is an overarching and general term for man and also for other creatures such as birds, animals, and fish of the sea. Folk lore and tradition tag other meanings and implications on this word which only cloud its meaning.




A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible. Syn., deadlock, impasse, standstill.

Storge Gk

    Family love.


1.       Willful betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust; perfidy.

2.      The act or an instance of such betrayal.


1.       Of little significance or value.

2.      Ordinary; commonplace.

3.      Concerned with or involving trivia.


  1. A condition of attitudes and actions where a victim is unwilling and resistant to entering the reconciliation process with another person who has sinned against them but  who is now repentant and seeking reconciliation.
  2. Unforgiveness does not exist where the offender has not admitted responsibility for his actions nor sought to be worthy of forgiveness through repentance and restitution.


1.       One who is harmed by another.

2.      One who is harmed by or made to suffer from an act, circumstance, agency, or condition: victims of war.

3.      A person who suffers injury, loss, or death as a result of a voluntary undertaking: You are a victim of your own scheming.

4.      A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.


1.       Evil by nature and in practice: “this wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred” (Winston S. Churchill).

2.      Playfully malicious or mischievous: a wicked prank; a critic's wicked wit.

3.      Severe and distressing: a wicked cough; a wicked gash; wicked driving conditions.

4.      Highly offensive; obnoxious: a wicked stench.

5.      Slang. Strikingly good, effective, or skillful: a wicked curve ball; a wicked imitation.


1.       One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced.

2.      One who furnishes evidence.

3.      One who is called on to testify before a court.

4.      One who is called on to be present at a transaction in order to attest to what takes place.

5.      An attestation to a fact, statement, or event; testimony.



1.       Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous.

2.      Contrary to conscience, morality, or law; immoral or wicked.

3.      Unfair; unjust.

4.      Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper.

5.      An unjust or injurious act.

6.      Something contrary to ethics or morality.

7.      An invasion or a violation of another's legal rights.