Well here we go. When I keep company with God, hang out with Him, I will learn a life of love.
God is so extravagant in His love as well. He just showers it down on me. Overwhelms me with it. Slathers it on me.
God’s goal for me is love and be extravagant about it. Love can be cautious or exuberant. We should be wildly enthusiastic about how we love.
God doesn’t want us to hold back. God wants us to go all out in our love.
He is good to me all the time. So if I just hang out with him, it rubs off on me.
Mostly what He does is love me. Woo Hoo!! That is good stuff.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Eph 5:1–2). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Is love optional? Yes, I get to decide whether to love or not. So do you. I often am not loving. I can be mean and cruel. I have no defense. “Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
There is good news in that the Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love, based on the nature and actions of God our Father. Jesus sums up God’s goal (command) for us as one of loving God and our neighbors.
“You shall love the Master your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~Jesus | Matthew 22:37
I must confess that I am not the best at this. I am challenged many days. Let’s dig in. There is much to learn on how to love.
The Greek word here is ἀγάπη agape. The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament.
How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love.
It does not refer to close friendship or brotherly love”, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 — 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- Matthew 22:37–39 — 37 And He said to him, “You shall love the Master your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Romans 13:9–10 — 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
- 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:3 — 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. 1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
- Galatians 5:6 — 6 For in the Messiah Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
- Ephesians 3:17–19 — 17 so that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of the Messiah which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
- Colossians 3:14 — 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
- 2 Peter 1:7 — 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
- 1 John 2:10 — 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.