Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Agape Love

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.  Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

The definition of love in the bible is an action and behavior.  It is not an emotion or inner feeling. When we fall in love, we tend to associate love with how we feel.  They make me feel special or that there is some special attraction or attention that we receive from this person.  The love that we have is limited.  It may start out with fireworks in the beginning, but over time it takes work.  Agape love is the highest level of love because it is unselfish and always thinking about others.  God was thinking about us before the world was even created.  He already knew the plans that he had for us.  He knew man would fail in the garden of Eden and even then he loved us.  He made a plan to send his one and only son to bruise the head of the serpent and redeem us.  

His love is the highest form of love, because Jesus was willing to lay his life down for us despite all of our sin, rebellion and pride.  Even though we rejected his son, he loved us.  He loved us by being patient and long suffering with us.  He also was kind to us.  He answers prayers and helps us even when we are undeserving. When we repent, he no longer remembers our wrongs.  He isn't seeking to force his will on ours, but gives us the ability to choose freely.  We can choose to serve him or we can choose to serve the world.  He is not easily angered at us.  Even though we deserve judgement, he is patient waiting to see if we will turn to him and seek him as our Lord and Savior.  When evil is done, he does not rejoice.  He told us that we would have trials and tribulations in this world and that he too was familiar with our sufferings.  He experienced suffering greater than we can imagine.  He was there right with us waiting to comfort us and to bring us near to him.

His love is the one who always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.  He knows that when we put our faith and trust him that we will persevere through this life coming into a greater hope, the eternal hope.  He also entrusted us with the ability to love like this as well.  He does this by giving us his son who became the ransom for us.  He gave us also the comforter, the Holy Spirit to be with during this life.  He has given us power through his Spirit and by what Jesus did for us to overcome and love others.  He has given us this agape love that flows through us because we do not love our soul life, but we are willing to lay it down just as Jesus did at the cross.

The greatest gift is love.  All the things in this world will pass away, but love never fails.  It will bring others to Christ and minister his healing power.  It is the greatest gift you can give as a disciple of Christ.   So today, may the love of God flow into your life and into the lives of others.

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