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What’s Love got to do with it?

November 17, 2012

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Agape: the Greek word for love is unique to the New Testament to describe God’s love.
According to Rick Renner, “Agape is divine love that gives and gives and gives, even if it is never responded to, thanked, or acknowledged.” – Sparkling Gems – Sept. 10.

This definition alone demands a huge development for those who choose to walk in it. God is the master at demonstrating this kind of love, as we see in the way He gave Jesus for all, even those who would never even acknowledge His gift. This is beyond comparison in this known world and separates Christianity from religion on the highest level. We often celebrate sacrificial giving and enjoy stories of the same in our movies, books, and on the news. However, no story, modern or historical compares to the Love story of God through Jesus toward mankind.

Renner goes on to say, “agape is a love that isn’t based on a response, but on a decision to keep on loving, regardless of the recipients response or lack of response.”

Wow! Have we ever experienced this? The answer is YES! We have received it. Even if we didn’t acknowledge it, this love has been shown to us through the life giving sacrifice of Jesus. Even if the first time we heard it we thought it was just a story. Even if we thought it was ‘old-people religion.’ Even if we actually disdained it and were angry towards those who tried to tell us about it. This love has been and is being shown to us regardless of how we responded or do respond.

One of my favorite verses is found in Romans 5:6-8
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Even ‘while while we were still sinners’ – Do you see that? This is the ultimate love story! Long before we would even know there was a God, or a Savior, or even a need for a Savior; long before we realized we had sin in our lives; long before we went to a church; long before we ever heard the story of a child in Bethlehem; before any unimaginable sin was committed by us, or inflicted on us by another person; before we ever knew we needed help, ‘Christ died for the ungodly!’ We could accept this if it was done for a good man, or a noble person worthy of being spared, but this was done for us. Yes, us! The ‘us‘ that only we know about. The ‘us‘ we are too ashamed to tell others about. The ‘us’ that if anybody else knew, we are sure we would be rejected. Yes, while ‘we were still sinners, Christ dies for ‘us.”

What is love? Love, God’s love, is beyond our imagination. It is excessive, extreme, and to the believer, it is the greatest thing ever demonstrated to mankind.   Tina Turner once asked, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Well, Tina, to quote the Hokey-Pokey, it really is ‘what it’s all about…’

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