Different Levels of Love – Part 2

In my last article I mentioned different types of love known in the Greek society but ended on Agape, this article is a deeper study into what Agape is.

Through all my studies there is one major factor that I can see from this love and it is that it’s the ultimate type of love epitomised in John 3:16. The Greek word Agape is the type of love that God has for us as His children. This type of love is mentioned in the New Testament 320 times.

A question I found myself asking countless times before writing this article is what makes Agape so different to all the other types of love the Eros, Phileo, etc. Why is Agape so great? My answer to this question was two words unconditional and sacrificing. In all the other types of love there is a condition, some kind of exchange it is finite; Agape is infinite it is measureless. It’s like trying to number all the sands in the world you think you get to a number and it keeps on going. The love that caused Christ to lay down His life for us. It’s so easy to love those who love you back or do things for you (exchange) that’s why as Christians we are commanded to love above that. Loving those who dislike or even hate us, but without unconditional love (agape) flowing through us, everything we say is a bunch of noise.

Agape is mentioned in the New Testament 320 times and here are a few biblical references – John 10:17, John 21:20 and Romans 5:5 which says “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” It’s so important each day to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us once again and pour God’s love into our hearts so that we may live for Christ.

Agape is a Greek word for love in the New Testament but in the Old Testament which was written in Hebrew love is “AHAB” which is defined as the father’s love revealed seen in Scriptures: Deuteronomy 23:5, Deuteronomy 30:6 and Psalms 63:3.

The love spoken about in the biblical references in Deuteronomy is God speaking to the children of Israel as there loving father. God is directly speaking to them as His people. Psalm 63 was a Psalm of David speaking of God’s love and how good it is.

The difference being is that from Old Testament to New Testament the death of Christ was God’s love personified to each and every human being.

A theologian by the name of William Barclay said “Agape has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts, it is a principle by which we deliberately live.”

Agape is not based on who but what God is. God is to love like wood is to a tree. Although there maybe countless imitations of wood, they are not the real thing. God is love.

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