The word “love” gets thrown around a lot these days. We love all kinds of things: from our favorite types of food to our favorite sports teams, from movies and our favorite shows we love to binge on. Yes, we have a love affair with just about everything and we’re not afraid to share it.
But in John’s gospel, we get introduced to a different way of loving. The Greek word John uses to describe love is agape. It is often used to describe God’s love for us. What's more, it is an unconditional love, a love that knows no bounds, a love that is not self-seeking, but that seeks to fulfill the needs of others.
Agape is the kind of love spoken of in the passages like John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,” and John 15:13. We can express this agape in a variety of ways. It was shared with me one time when a neighbor mowed our lawn while I was recovering from foot surgery. That was such a blessing and I will never forget it!
Every day we have the opportunity to put others before ourselves, whether its in our marriages, our friendships, even our workplaces. We can share this self-sacrificial love and shine the light of Christ with the people we around us daily.
What can you do this week to share agape with someone – even someone that is challenging?
Lord, We love you. Thank you for loving us unconditionally. Continue to make us instruments of your grace and peace. Help us to share your agape with all we meet daily. May your love continue to strengthen us as we continue to this incredible journey of faith. Amen.