LOVE is something that has been really messed up and mixed up in our society. No wonder we have a country that is confused and seeking something real. True love is best when it is agape love. That is God’s perfect love and the love He wants us to have for each other. It’s way cooler than brotherly love, and that’s pretty cool. Agape is from the Greek. There’s not a word in the English language that even comes close to it. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13.
Hmm… there we go with the morals and character again. I sense a theme here, don’t you?
You know, in a good marriage, this is the kind of love that will go the distance. Everything else fades, but this love that stems from an act of the will – a daily choice to stay committed to the one you chose to be with so long ago… that’s the ticket.
We need more of that not only in marital relationships, but in friendships and interactions with others in our country and around the world. Goodwill, benevolence, willful delight, faithfulness, commitment, act of the will… all of these are possible from the source of agape love, God. Everything God does flows from His love. That is His nature. It’s not natural for us to have that kind of love, but we can if we love through God. He’s happy to help us love the unlovable and the unlovely.
Agape love is always shown by what it does. Have you ever noticed that a human kind of love involves a lot of talk and empty promises? It gets old, to be honest. But agape love is about action! Don’t just say you love someone – show them! Remember, we are the undeserving recipients of God’s lavish agape love. What did He DO for us? Yeah – exactly.
God’s agape love is not based on feelings, but it’s an act of the will – a decision – a choice. It’s a joyful resolve to put the welfare of others above our own. It can only come from its source – God. Because of God’s love toward us, we’re able (and equipped by Him) to love one another.
Today let’s pray for the United States to become more… well – united. Mutual respect and agape love will go a long way to make us better citizens. Stop the hate, start the love, America! Accept everyone where they are and let God take them where they need to be. Pray for one another and be kind. No one ever accepted the Lord after being beat with a Bible. Share, yes… but then back off and let God do the rest.
I hear a lot of four-letter words, and most of them I wouldn’t repeat if you offered me a Milky Way to do so. But wow, what if we were loving, kind and respectful of one another? That would be life-changing and would change our country!
The word LOVE shows up 310 times in the KJV, 348 times in the NASB, 551 times in the NIV and 538 times in the NRSV. I think it’s important to God, don’t you?
What’s your favorite verse about love? Here’s mine:
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8
Let’s pray for God’s agape love to be in our midst:
Dear Heavenly Father, We pray that Your agape kind of love be in our hearts and souls because You are love. Help us to express love to others through actions more than words, along with goodwill, benevolence and a willful delight to put the welfare of others above our own. We’re so tired of division in our country and pray that Your love be in us and will be contagious, making us a Christian nation once again. You showed Your perfect love to us by sending Your only Son to earth to die on Calvary’s cross so we could be saved. May we show agape love to others. We can do that only with Your help. It’s in the precious and matchless Name of Christ Jesus our Lord we pray, Amen.
When it comes to love, actions really DO speak louder than words, don’t they? 😉
Love makes the world go ’round… but God’s agape love makes it SHINE! 🙂