This week the Sp!rit showed me more of G-d’s character of LOVE. (In a devotional series titled “Perfect Love: Maximum Joy Series”)
In Greek, there are a few ways to describe LOVE:
- Eros love: body physical, selfish, getting
- Phile love: soul, emotional, half and half, getting and giving
- Agape love: spirit, spiritual, unselfish, giving
the kind of love outlined in 1 John is agape love, which is the kind of love which is the very essence of G-d.
This type of love is SO apparent in many of the parents of the children I work with. These kids have differing levels of cerebral palsy, which makes day-to-day tasks (walking, putting on clothes, eating, etc.) very difficult without assistance. Though it does take a lot more care, effort, and patience to take care of their children, the parents have demonstrated agape love - their sacrificial love is so present as they take care of children; it’s been a blessing to witness such. From carrying them into their wheelchairs, carefully getting their food to the right consistency so they’re able to swallow, bringing them into the clinic to get advice on how the child can become more independent, etc… the many efforts of these parents show how much they truly exemplify agape love.
And with these examples of love shown through the parents onto their children, I reminded so much about His love for me. For one, all these children mentioned above are adopted and I too have been adopted into the family of G-d; I am no longer an orphan. Also, the same kind of kindness, gentleness, patience, and care that these parents have for their children is the same that G-d has towards me, but INFINITELY more!
I am/was in such awe of the HS convicting me of this abounding love that He has for me, for the children we work with, and everyone around me. I’ve been leaning more and more into this and how much He cares for those in need as He shows His love by working in me, through me, and all around me.
---> What kind of love do you exemplify? eros love, phile love, or agape love? As much as I would like to identify with edifying agape love, there are many times in which I more so fall under eros love and phile love. With such a sinful human heart, I can only love so much and in the right way. It is only through Chr!st and look to G-d that I can truly emit agape love to those around me.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from G-d, and whoever loves has been born of G-d and knows G-d. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know G-d, because G-d is love. 9 In this the love of G-d was made manifest among us, that G-d sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- 1 John 4:7-10
May we all continue to abide in Chr!st (John 15:5) , that we may continue to seek more of His deep, deep agape love (1 John 4:9-10), that we can then share with others and be a light to them (Matt. 5:16)!