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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Thank you so much!
In God’s Love and Grace,
I love u morethan anything als , my god
Tks this is timely & will share it with my Youth @ today’s Valentine meeting
ausome post thingy mibob 🙂 gonna take some peaces out of it and share it at youth , very important mesage i believe 🙂
thank you James you had answer my question i always ask my self is god’s love real why is god not giving me what i have ask him.i ask him for more knowledge so i may do well in school but i keep failing school.why is god’s plan hard and all stressful.. 🙁
This is not a question? This is one answer!!!
i am james: The brother of Jesus! I have nelt down in front of almighty god himself: about six years ago. ( proof) no man has seen God, this is true. what i seen was a great orb of light. The colors from gods ora makes 1080 dpi look like garbage, Jesus sits at the right hand of God and michael the archangel sits on Gods left. We do not allways understand why God lets bad things happen to good people,but we must be patient because our love and faith in God is not seen in vain. God loves us all, but some times he uses us to test and see how others will treat there fellow men and women. He may do things that keep us wondering why? We all must remember that when others are treating us like dirt, we are actually being blessed by God. We may not like how others are treating us, but this is all according to Gods plan. Hay if a little discomfort on earth gets you an eternity in heaven; Then may god bless us all! There the ones that will pay for there sins, there the ones that will be tormented in hell for all eturnity! Just remember this; The next time some one treats you bad, backstabs you, kicks you, puts you down just to make them selfs look big, just smile at them and say Thank You, because in reality there are failing the blessings of God, and making themselves look like the back side of a mule! May God bles you and keep you in his holy hands for ever and ever, amen