The problem with human love is that it's usually self-centered. Much of the so-called love we feel could be summarized by the phrase, "What's in it for me?" We may think we love someone, but in reality we may simply love what he or she does for us.
The great writer C. S. Lewis identified four different kinds of love, all but one which are basically self-centered. First, there's affection, which is the kind of love we can have for something other than people, such as a dog or a home or a car. Then there's friendship, a valuable love in the sense that it's the basis of the most human relationships. And there's erotic love, which is beautiful between a husband and wife but a mess outside of married love. All of these are wonderful and necessary loves, but each of them depends on the object of our affection for complete fulfillment.
The only love that is completely other-centered is called agape love. This is love of the highest order. It's what Lewis called "Divine Gift-Love." When we love with agape love we desire the best for the people we love. We are even able to love those who are unlovable.
We are capable of agape love only to the extent that we give the details of our lives over to God and allow Him to work in us. But even before that can happen, we must realize that God loves us, and that He can only love us with this kind of love. God's love is never self-centered, and God's love is always sacrificial. Whil we were enemies of God, He loved us. When we ran from God, He loved us. And he Loved us so much that He sacrificed the Son He loved most so that we could experience eternal life.
Love is the essense of God. Love is what motivates Him to do what He does for us--down to the last detail--even when we don't love Him in return. Knowing that should give tremendous meaning to our lives.
...In the small stuff
- Whenever you feel insignificant, remember how important you are to God.
- We love God because we know who He is. God loves us despite who we are.
- Love yourself as the unique individual God created you to be--nothing more, nothing less.
- Unconditional love comes only from our Heavenly Father.
- God does not help us because we deserve it; He helps us because He loves us.
- Find you self-worth in God's unconditional love for you, not your accomplishment.
- The love of God has no limits.
- The reason we can love God is because He loved us first.
- God's unconditional love for us should motivate us to love others unconditionally.
- Never confuse love with lust.
- Love isn't an option. We are commanded by God to love others.
- Loving God is the greatest thing you can do.
by: Bruce & Stan from the book "God is in the Small Stuff"
This is real love,
It is not that we loved God but that
he loved us...
1 John 4:10 NLT
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