Hello everyone. Welcome to the start of a series I am calling “God’s Love is _____”. The topic of God’s love is one that is very close to my heart. I am in no way an expert on the topic, I am just someone who has experienced it first hand. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be delving into different aspects of God’s Love. This will definitely not be an exhaustive study, I will merely be pointing out the different attributes of God’s love that I have experienced and/or discovered during my studies of the word (Bible). So lets get started:
God’s Love is Real.
What do I mean by real?… I mean it is not counterfeit. It is in no way related to the way you love coffee, pizza, sports, etc. And beyond that, it still does not do God’s love justice if we compare it to the love we have for our friends, siblings, parents, spouses, etc. This is the main reason we have such a hard time grasping how amazing God’s love actually is. We have little-to-nothing we can compare it to.
What’s difficult is that in our language, we have one word (love) to convey many different things. But thankfully, the Greeks had four different words for what we now translate into our one word (love), so if we look at the meaning of each of these, it will help us to understand what God means when we read about God’s Love for us in the Bible.
The four Greek words for love are:
- Eros – Romantic love
- Philia – Love for a friend, or in friendship
- Storge – Natural affection parents have for their children
- Agape – Unconditional love
Whenever we read about what God’s love is like in the New Testament, the writers always used the word agape. Agape is the strongest love that there is because it is one without conditions. We do not have to earn it, we cannot lose it, God simply, and for no logical reason, LOVES us.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
That is why God’s love is REAL. I used to equate God’s love to being earned, and what a heavy burden that was on my life; figuring that since I’m human, I made (and still continue to make) many mistakes. But once I began to accept that I could not do anything to make God love me more or less, to lose it or gain it, a huge liberation occurred in me; I was usable to God. I am still on the road of discovering how amazing the love of God is, and part of that process is letting it begin to mold us to look more like Jesus. We need to accept this unconditional love, and let it change us.
Have you accepted it yet?
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In God’s Love and Grace,