Love yourself. Love others. Be in love. There is different forms of love and most of us are aware of all of them. And that’s the thing, in our culture there are multiple ways to show love. In the ancient Greek language, there are words to describe the specific types of feelings affiliated with love.
This love represents human’s sexual desires. This love was not always viewed as the bond between couples, but also an irrational form of love. Definitely not the type of love you would describe to your friends!
Friendship. Philia represents the bond between you and your companions. It stands for the loyalty we hold to our closest ones.
These are not the only forms of love found in the ancient Greek language, but these are the main ones. Together, Eros and Philia cover opposite spectrums of love. But, there is another love that outstands them both. This love is the most radical and the most self-less. We call this love, “agape”, an unconditional love.
Unconditional love…that can’t possibly exist, but it does. It is seen in so many things, but is especially seen in the New Testament through Jesus’ missionary work. The people He interacted with He gave selfless love. He spent time with the taxpayers, prostitutes…the lowest of the low in society. He welcomed everyone to hear and experience His goodness. He is the only being who gives this so freely.
The best part is, this agape love from Jesus is not a thing from the past, but it is very alive today. How often do we fail every day? Reflecting on myself, how often do I fail everyday? The answer is a lot and the amazing thing is, He continues to love me, He continues to love you.
Yes, I am aware this all can sound like the very typical Christian sayings… “God loves me”, “Unconditional love is immeasurable”, and so on. These phrases are true, but I can understand that it can almost sound too good to be true. I encourage you to do some self-reflecting. If you have not experienced God’s love, it is not because God doesn’t love you. Think for a moment, have you tried to embrace the truths that Gods tells you? In the midst of your brokenness, God not only chooses you, but also pursues you. I have to remind myself of this every day.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You see, I could go on and on about God’s love for you, but it won’t seem real until you have experienced it yourself. It may sound odd, but ask God to show himself to you. Surround yourself with people who will affirm God’s love.
One way that I feel God’s love is through music. There are many songs that beautifully describe God’s grace and love on us. I know, Christian music may be a turn off for some of you, but this song I find to be separate from the popular contemporary Christian music. I encourage you to listen to Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love”. I pray that you listen to these words and soak them in. Let these lyrics not simply pass through your ears, but be meditated on.
“When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me”
What is keeping you from accepting God’s unconditional, free love? This agape love was created for you.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”