"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19 NIV).
Some people meander through life without ever knowing real love. Now, just in case you think this could never happen to you, [especially] Christians---hear me out. Quick question: do you feel complete, no-strings-attached, to-the-bone unconditional love at all times? Iím not talking about the sporadic Ďfeel-good or spine-tinglingí moments but the kind of faithful love that rearranges your life.
A quick word study on agape love might help. Agape love has to do with the mind and not simply an emotion that arises spontaneously. This kind of love transcends all others and doesnít depend upon our worthiness. Such love is beyond our ability to grasp with our intellect but not beyond understanding it deep within our hearts.
Like most people, Iíve done my share of superficial posturing. Pretending everythingís okay, yet, carrying a nagging sense of abandonment within. However, a few years ago a situation forced me into a Ďdo-overí. Ever needed one of those? While letting go of selfish pride and hurt, I embraced Godís warming presence and made a deliberate decision to believe He loves me. Extremely freeing and peaceful, I might add.
Contrary to popular understanding, the significance of Ďagapeí is that itís primarily a love of the will. Itís God nature to love and He does so by His willful pleasure as seen with the sacrificial gift of His Son. Love never fails. It bears all things, believes all things and endures all things (1 Cor 13: 7-8). Yes, love found its perfect expression in Christís death on the cross and that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
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