Walking in agape love
By Derrick Johnson
1 Corinthians 13:7 says “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”(NKJV) This scripture shows the enduring power of love, which is the type of love that God has for us. It is also the type of love that the Lord desires we have for each other. The word love is so widely used, that it can mean different things to different people.
When you look up the word love in the Bible, you’ll find that there are several Greek words that translate to love. These Greek words are, Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape. Eros love, is an intimate type love shared between a husband and wife. It is where we get the word erotic.
Storge is a family type love shared between family members such as a love between a mother and child. Philia love is a type of brotherly love, it’s a bond shared between friends. It is where we get the name Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.
Agape love is the most popular and the highest form of love in the Bible. It’s a love that does not require reciprocation, therefore making it truly unconditional. It’s also the word used for love in the famous John 3:16 verse.
In order to love like God loves, we must be able to love our neighbor unconditionally. This is something that most people struggle with, because it’s human nature to only love those who choose to love us back. Jesus said in Matthew 5:46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have?”
God’s desire for us is to walk in unconditional love towards our fellow man even if the love is not reciprocated. When we choose to walk in agape love, it becomes easier for us to avoid offense, since love keeps no record of wrong. The Bible says we love, because God loved us first. If we focus on loving people first, we are then able to see pass their offenses and accomplish God’s will on this earth.