Today we conclude our theme on ‘LOVE!’
The Bible clearly speaks about Four Distinct Loves, Phileos,(brotherly love,) Storge, (family love), Eros (romantic love), and finally AGAPE, GOD’S LOVE.
We studied the first three in the first three weeks of February, and we now conclude with our fourth and final, AGAPE.
AGAPE LOVE is a DIVINE LOVE! It is a LOVE so pure, and so perfect that mere human words do not define it. The only words fitting a definition of this AMAZING LOVE is found within the pages of God’s Love Letter to us, the Bible.
I John 4:10
“Dear Friends, let us continue to LOVE one another, for LOVE comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, FOR GOD IS LOVE.
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into this world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real LOVE – not that we loved God, but the He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
GOD IS LOVE! It is who He is, not in part, but in whole! Real LOVE can only be found in the Divine nature of God Himself.
We feel God’s great LOVE for us when we accept the gift of His Son and the sacrifice He made on our behalf.
“For God so LOVED the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
When God lives in us through the gift of His Holy Spirit, we then are able to demonstrate His great LOVE to others.
“Dear Friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His Love is brought to full expression in us.” I John 4: 11-12
So as we conclude our study on ‘THE FOUR LOVES,’ I pose the same question C.S. Lewis posed…
How does LOVE work in our daily lives?
Are we able to love our friends, acquaintences, and even those we do not know?
Are we successful at honoring, respecting and demonstrating love to our family?
Are we equipped to put another first, before our own needs and maintain romantic love when we feel like it and when we don’t?
The answer is NO, not without The Love of God, Agape love, that is Divine and Supernatural.
DIVINE LOVE GIVES, SERVES, SACRIFICES.
As Lewis so eloquently puts it;
“The human loves can be glorious images of Divine Love, No less than that, but also No more.”
As our love for God grows, we grow closer to others, and as our love for others grows, we grow closer to God!
It is DIVINE, it is a MYSTERY, it is TRUTH, it is GOD’S LOVE!
Speak Truth Love