TRUE LOVE

We refer to love in many ways. If you drove a Fiat you were said to be “having an Italian love affair!”  We love our pets, love cooking, love watching our favourite sports team or TV shows.

That’s fine, but is that true love. Our love is usually based on expectancy .We love or give love believing we will receive something in return.

There are 4 Greek words for love:

 ἀγάπη .  Agape, philea, eros, and storge.

God’s love is always shown in the New Testament as agape which means generosity, kindly concern, value, esteem, delight in.

In contrast to our love, His love is continually giving without expecting anything in return Look at the Cross!!

We used to sing in Sunday School, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. What do we learn from this? That God’s love is true love …to help us, guide us to do His will, encourage and uplift our spirits, support us through life..

It is Unconditional..

John 3:16:  John 3:16: “God so loved the world tat He gave His only Son”. I John 4:10 says: “Here in is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son”.  

It is Eternal…

John 17:24: “for you loved me before the foundation of the world”.  v26: “that the love with which you have loved me may be in them”.

I Kings 10:9: “Praise the Lord your God for the Lord loved Israel forever”.

It prepares us for daily living and the future.

Rom 8:28: All things work together for those who love God”  I Cor 2:9:  “..things which God has prepared for those who love Him”.

John 15:9: “continue in my love”.

We can truly say then with the song writer. ”The Love of God is greater far, than tongue or pen can ever tell”.  We can rest on that ‘True love which comes from God’.

 Selwyn Hooker