You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10:27 ESV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 ESV
Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar;
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:19-21 ESV
LOVE…this is probably the most overused word ever. People say, “I love french fries,” “I love shoes,” “I love working out,” “I love____ “(fill in the blank). Do we truly love these things? Would we die for these things? I highly doubt it!! The word love in the English language means an “intense feeling of deep affection.” So I guess that’s what you’re meaning when you say “I love french fries.” But what God’s trying to show us in the Bible using the word love is completely different.
The word agape is the true meaning of love in the Bible. Agape is used to describe the love that is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself. God does not merely love, He is love! Everything God does flows from His love. He made the world and everything in it…agape. He made man…agape. He made a helper for man…agape. He punishes sin…agape. He redeems sin…agape. He sent His son to a fallen world to save us…agape. Jesus suffered cruelly for our sins and died on the cross…agape. You get the picture, I hope.
True love is loving the unlovely, not hitting back when someone hurts you, and thinking of others’ desires before yours. In other words, it’s a lot of work. I know for myself, I want to be selfish and think of my needs before others. Let’s all work on showing agape love, not “french fry” love! Have a blessed week!