Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Agape Love

Sometimes I do not always grasp the infinite love of God, His promise to me that He will never stop loving me. Of course this is true because God is love and it is His very nature to love; it has  nothing to do with whether or not I am being lovable! As I've been thinking about this, and praying about this, asking Him to continue to root Himself deeper into my being, I see that the same will be true for me as well. My very nature will be to only love, even when those around me are not so lovable. This is Agape love, it is thinking of it as a verb, and being willing to give to others what they need.
Am I willing to step beyond my comfort to serve another?  Does my character have the capacity to do the loving thing?  Have I fallen in love with God's children?
This morning I read in 1 Corinthians 13 and it describes what love looks like:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut.
 Doesn't have a swelled head.
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel, 
Takes pleasure in the Truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back, 
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.

As Gods chosen Child, if I were to apply this to my life everyday, and treat His family this way, how would my life be different? Would anything change? Would the direction of my life be different?  Less selfish? More patient? More trusting in God? I will continue to ask myself these questions and pray for truth about His love in my life.
Say That Again to me Jesus, Your love is always there, because it is not based on the object, but because it is Your nature. Make it my nature too!

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