Today is Valentines Day. It is the day to display and recognize a loved one, but not in the agape kind of love, the Christ-like love, the outpouring of love for all of humanity, kind of love, it is – temporal love.
The topic of love, agape love, is hard to achieve yet mandated by God. It is one of the main reason Jesus was sent to earth.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35 NASB
This type of love can only be accomplished through Jesus Christ. We have to be dependent upon him and his love to even begin to love others, even those that have hurt us, lied to us or abandoned us in some way.
We need him because it is impossible for us to love others, as we love ourselves. Most of us do not love ourselves and, therefore, cannot love others without him.
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 NIV
Gods perfect love and unmerited favor are the only way we can love others and let others see God in us.
“And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love”. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
Can we take this step today and ask God to be present in us and help us live a life that demonstrates agape love?
Additional explanation of AGAPE LOVE
1. More about agape love definition from Wolfram Alpha.com
Agape love – selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual and nature.)
2. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, 1996, pp. 371, 382.
Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1 John 4:9, 10… Christian love as God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all and implicit obedience to his commands, John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 2:5, 5:3; 2 John 6. Self-will, that is, self–pleasing, is the negation of love to God.
Agape love, as used of God, expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the giver, and a practical for“ left towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to see together.
Scriptures – YouVersion, Bible.com, 2/14/2018
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