Agape Love

In the Bible, there are four different types of love. The first is Eros from which we get our word erotic. It is the love shared between a husband and wife. Next is Phileo that is often translated “friendship” or “Brotherly Love.” The third is Storge that only occurs once and is translated “kindly affection.” The fourth is Agape that is a very special type of love and the love I am talking about here.

Definition of Agape Love

Agape love is that love that all people are supposed to have for each other and for God. It has nothing to do with sex or erotica.  It is much more than brotherly love or friendship or even kindly affection. It is what enables real and true fellowship between two people or between a person and God. Agape enables us to understand the idea of true love.

What Agape Love Is

Agape love is pure and true love because it involves commitment, loyalty and a desire to put the “loved one” ahead of yourself. It has nothing to do with romance or sexual attraction. True love reaches above and beyond the physical and enters the realm of the spiritual.

We can love “things” but those “things” can never return that love. Thus, this kind of love is never fulfilling. This is why people whose lives are centered around making money and acquiring the things of the world are never truly happy.

Some people say that they can share their love with animals. And we can fool ourselves into thinking that the animals are returning that love. In fact, we can fully convince ourselves that this is happening. This phenomenon can be very helpful for those who do not have the human companionship that they need. Yet, what the animals are actually returning is loyalty and the fulfilling of their animal instincts.

Animals cannot truly fulfill our desire for fellowship because they cannot return love. This is revealed to us in Genesis 2 where Adam tried to find this fellowship among the animals that God had created. God had to create another human companion for him so that he could share the fellowship and love that he longed to share. God did this by creating Eve.

God’s Love is Agape Love

We cannot even begin to understand what Agape love is until we begin to understand the love that God has for His creation, that is, for the human race. The Scriptures are full of passages that illustrate the love that God has for His creation. We need to study those passages and to meditate on them. Only then can we begin to know what true love is.

The greatest example of this is found in John 3:16 (NKJV): “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.” God loves us so much that He was willing to send His only and unique Son to take our place in death so we could have eternal life with Him.

Agape Love Must Be Shared

Yet, love cannot be fully appreciated and understood until it is returned. This is why God created the human race as creatures who could freely return love. Through this sharing of love, real fellowship could be found. God could now share His great love, not through commanding it, but accepting what we, as His creation, freely wanted to share. God could now enjoy fellowship with those who freely sought out His fellowship.

Heaven is Only for Those Who Truly Love God

Because we had the ability to rebel against God, He didn’t want to fill His heaven with people who didn’t want to be there. So He created a temporary place where each and every creature of this new human race could decide if they wanted to have fellowship with God or not. Those who chose not to have fellowship with Him would never have the chance to destroy God’s wonderful heaven. Only those who freely chose to share their ability to love with God would live eternally with Him.

What happens to those who choose not to share God’s Agape love with Him? Well, they cannot enter heaven because that is only for those who want to share this love with Him and with other human beings. The only other place is the place that God created for the rebellious angels. We call that place Hell. It is where God is not.

God Provided a Way for Us to Demonstrate Our Love for Him

But God loves us so much that He has created a unique and easy way for us to show Him that we love Him and want to spend eternity with Him. We just need to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We simply accept Jesus as our Savior and then accept Jesus as the Lord of our life. That is, we commit our lives to following Jesus and how He wants us to live. If you have not done this go to How To Live Forever and find out how to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

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