Agape Love. Something most Christians don’t understand, and Non-Christians can’t see. A Love so powerful that the thought of it can bring even Satan to his knees. It’s like a light that is so bright, no one can look upon it, not even the angels. It is a force so strong that nothing can control it. Nothing can stop it. A love that lasts for eternity. There is nothing in all of creation that is greater than Agape Love. What is Agape Love?
The word Agape is the original greek word for the strongest form of love. This type of love is found in the popular verse in John. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
God loves us so much that He was willing to give up everything for us. To lay His life down for us. To be chastised, mocked, beaten, tortured, and nailed to a cross all for the sake of love. As seen in a previous blog “I Thirst“, we see that God longs for a relationship with mankind. Like a groom in search for His bride, or a Father looking for His child. He thirsts for a relationship with us. And while we reject Him, He pursued us. And when we couldn’t reach Him, He came to us.
Through out the Old and New Testaments we see how God continues to pursue mankind. Examples:
- When Adam fell, he hid himself from God. Knowing God is omniscient, and knew where Adam was at, He still pursued after Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”
- When Moses had led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they were shrouded in darkness and God could not reside with them.. But God wanted to be with them so desperately despite their sin, that He asks Moses to build Him a Holy Sanctuary just so He can be with them.
- Isaiah prophesied “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Which being interpreted, God With Us.
- Jesus said before His ascension that He would return for His people.
- And finally John 3:16 tells us that He loved us so much He came to lay down His life for us.
Just like Adam, we choose this world over our God, but yet He still fights for us. We cheated on Him. Though we should be married to Him, we had an affair with the world and our sins. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
And though God is still the Righteous Judge, He always loves us unconditionally. And nothing we do will discontinue His love for us. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
God is willing to do anything and to give everything. He loves us so much that He is the very definition of Love. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
And when we commune ourselves with Him, then we can have our eyes opened to that Agape Love. And we will be called Children of God. And when we encounter this Agape Love, we will never be the same.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:1-2
But remember the statement I said in the beginning? Most Christians don’t understand it, and Non-Christians can’t see it? 1 John 3:6 says “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” And if God is love, then those that remain in sin, can not see Agape, neither do they know it.
And Most Christians don’t understand it, because they forget, that just calling yourself a Christian and loving God is not enough. “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3 10,14-15
But that, is for Agape (Part 2)…