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by Dr Andre and Jenny Roebert
Wednesday, 06 March 2019 | Reading taken from John 3:16 (AMPC)
John 3:16 (AMPC):"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life."
God's love for us is perfect. The English vocabulary doesn't quite have a word to accurately describe it. However, when we look to the Greek translation, the word Agape is used. It describes a love so generous that it has no strings attached. In other words, it doesn't look for what it can get, but for what it can give. It loves so completely and deeply that it willingly moves to shower unconditional love upon its recipient regardless of the response. Agape love is the profound love God has for the human race. He loved us when we were lost in sin with no ability to love Him back. He even loved us without any thought or expectation of receiving love in return. It's this kind of pure love that draws us to Him. And when we respond to, and embrace His love for us, it changes us. It takes away our insecurities and fears and fills us with a confidence to reach out and love others the same way. When we love with such a pure love that we expect nothing back in return, it's impossible to feel hurt or let down by the response of those we extend this love to. We don't love them for the purpose of getting something in return; we shower them with the love God has poured into our own hearts. This Agape love is so powerful that it never fails and is more than able to not only make us whole, but see it restore and do a complete work in those we extend it to. This is God's own love, freely extended to us, with the power to freely, completely, and unconditionally love others.