TUESDAY June 12, 2018
For God So Loved
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
It is really important not to get confused when we speak about the word love. The word love in the Greek has four different meanings. Agape love is a divine love, the unconditional love of God for man. Eros is the physical love, or intimate love, of sexual passion. Phila, is an affection between loyal friends. Storge is family love––the love and affection found between a parent and children.
Yet out of all these, agape love is the most important––the divine love of God. As Christians, we need to have God’s love for others. It must be a part of our daily lives. No matter how exciting and wonderful our spiritual gifts may be, if they are not ministered in love, they are nothing. The only way for Christians to use their gifts effectively is to be motivated by love.
Love towards God was the first commandment given: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” ( Deuteronomy 6:5). Jesus extends the bounds of love, not only towards God, but to one another:
“ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” ( Matthew 22:36-40).
The main evidence of Christian maturity is not only growing in love for God, and love towards His people, but reaching out with His love to a lost and dying world. There are so many lost souls that need to be saved by the love of Jesus Christ.
Nobody will know what you mean by saying
that ‘God is Love’ unless you act it as well.
~Lawrence Pearsall Jacks~
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