Agape: All-giving Love
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The Bible says “Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CEV). This is the description of “agape,” the God-kind of love. It’s self-giving and never selfish. It puts others first. It takes no record of wrongs. This is the love that’s been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).
“Agape” moved the Father to send His Son, Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16). This is different from human love, which is possessive, fickle, and selfish. Natural human love lasts only as long as the object of that love conforms to its expectations, and that’s because it’s based on natural emotions and desires. The love of God, on the contrary, is unconditional and never fails. This is the reason God would love a world of wicked sinners, for He looked beyond their sins to see what they could be if they trusted in Him.
If you’re born again, you can love like God, unconditionally, because the God-kind of love is a product of your recreated human spirit. So, make sure you walk in “agape,” and not in ordinary human love. The qualities of “agape” are listed in 1 Corinthians 13; let that be the standard by which you relate with others, and you’ll always be on the right track in your walk of righteousness.
I manifest divine love today, because love is a product of my recreated human spirit; God’s love that’s unconditional and self-giving has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost and I naturally express that love to everyone in my world today,
in Jesus’ Name.
1 Corinthians 13 AMP
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: 2 Corinthians 8-9; Proverbs 24-26
2 Year Bible reading plan: 2 Thessalonians 2:11-17; Jeremiah 28