We use the word “love” for everything from chocolate to God. The Bible uses four words for love: “Storge” for love of family; “Eros” for sensual love; “Philia” for close friendships and “Agape” for God’s love. Most of us experience the first three, however, GOD gives us the opportunity to experience 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) http://bible.com/59/jhn.13.34-35.esv Since Jesus commands us to love others like He loves us, we must somehow be capable of not just RECEIVING God’s love–but also of GIVING it!

It seems impossible that we can love like God does–and it IS IMPOSSIBLE–without Him! We often derive our ideas about love from television, movies, books, radio, social media, etc. The focus is typically on the three lower forms of love–friendship, family and sexual love. These lesser loves are promoted as ultimate love. However, “agape” is supreme love. It is the love willing to die for the most unworthy enemy. (John 3:16) This is the love God recognizes as His own and commands us to give others. If we don’t learn agape for each other, the Bible says, we don’t really know God: “Anyone who does not love (agape) does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Wow! How grateful I am that God has given me His Spirit so that I may learn to love like He does!

Without His Spirit, we are hopeless to love like God; however, through His Spirit, we become 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) Divine grace springs from our heart when it is wrapped in Divine love. Of God’s desire for us, 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) Surrender to God allows us to EXPERIENCE agape love–and then–we can GIVE it away!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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