HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

February 8, 2017

John 3:16 (NLT) — 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

How did God love the world? He loved it with agape love. This type of love can only come from God and it is an action word. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit which means you can love with this love if the Holy Spirit lives in you. This type of love doesn’t count the cost it loves no matter what the cost. This love cost God his son but that is what this kind of love does. It is totally selfless and totally self-sacrificing. It loves no matter what kind of response it receives; in fact it isn’t looking for a response. If it was looking for a response it wouldn’t be agape. When agape lives in your heart you can’t be hurt or let down by the response of those that you show love to.

In a marriage agape looks to serve and please its spouse. Agape remains devoted to the family no matter how many disappointments may occur along the way. In friendships agape is always a friend regardless of the situation or circumstance. With agape their is not such thing as ‘unfriending’. In work agape gives its best and rejoices when others get the raise, the promotion or the bonus. Agape loves to see other people succeed and will do what it can to help them get ahead. Agape is willing to die to bring life to someone else > see Jesus. The Apostle Paul also had this type of the love for the Jewish people the same people that caused his so much trouble; the same people that threw him in jail, cursed him, beat him and stoned him. Listen to what he says:

Romans 9:1–3 (NLT) — 1 With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. 2 My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief 3 for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help mature this agape within you so that you may love the way God loves. Our world is agape starved and it shows.

1 John 3:18 (NLT) — 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    As we near Valentine’s day the world throws Eros love and brotherly love in our face while God shows us agape love. Our challenge us to give ourselves to others.