Agape love is different than Storge, Phileo and Eros love. Agape love is self-sacrificing and is the type of love that moves us in compassion towards others. Agape love is the love that Father God showed us by sending Jesus to Earth to grow, minister and eventually face death for our sins and freedom. Agape love is the type of love that Jesus commands us to have towards our enemies in Luke 6:35. Agape love is the kind of love that chooses to love the unlovable and unlovely, not because we deserve it, but because it is God’s nature to love – in fact, HE IS LOVE (1 John 4:8) Agape love comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and is not based on feelings, attraction, or even familial connection.
Agape love is always recognized by what it does. It is not just a choice, it is also attached to action – the perfect example of this is Jesus’s death on the cross. Romans 5:8 – “…but God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s agape love is undeserved and always has our best interest at heart. It is the choice to put others first and cannot come out of our own resolve to do so. We are incapable of producing Agape love on our own. It is only through the Spirit of God that we are able to love in such a sacrificial and beautiful way. While we cannot create it due to our fallen nature, when we connect our lives with Jesus, He creates an ability to love that connects us to Him and to others in a supernatural and amazing way!
Agape Love Challenge: Spend some time thanking Jesus for the many ways that He has shown Agape love to you. Then, take some time to ask Him how you are doing in expressing Agape love to those around you. If there anyone that He highlights for you to focus this God-given type of love on? If so, write down what He prompts you to do, and do it!