The more we experience God’s love, the more we realize just how backwards we’ve gotten “love.” We use the same word for everything from “loving chocolate” to “loving God.” God’s Word uses at least four different words to describe love: “Storge” for love of family; “Eros” for sensual love; “Philia” for close friendships and “Agape” for God’s love. During our lifetime, we will very likely experience the first three….however, GOD tells us we have the opportunity to “agape!” Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) It seems impossible that we could love like God does–and it IS IMPOSSIBLE–if we are NOT close to HIM. All of the most common sources of our entertainment like TV, movies, radio, social media, etc., focus upon the other forms of love like friendship, family and sexual love–and tote them as the ultimate form of love. However, “agape” is the supreme love that we read about in John 3:16. It is the love willing to lay down his life for the most unworthy enemy. This is the kind of love that God recognizes as His Own and commands us to give to others. If we don’t have Agape for each other, then we don’t really know HIM. His Word says: “Anyone who does not love (agape) does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Wow! How insufficient is my love! How little I know of my amazing Father! Thankfully, God has given us His Spirit so that we might learn to love like He does. His Spirit makes us a conduit of His love. The Bible says: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) When we get close to God, the magnitude of His sacrificial love for us becomes more evident. Divine grace springs from our heart when it is wrapped in Divine love. Surrendering to God becomes a wonderful experience because we are given the opportunity to live His heart and experience His unfailing and perfect love. C.S. Lewis wrote: “Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.” (Mere Christianity)