What kind of love will we choose?
Is there Good News? There is good news. The Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love.
The love of Jesus is based on the nature and actions of God our Father. Jesus delights in His love of us. Jesus sums up God’s goal (command) for us as one of loving God and our neighbors. That is our mission and life! That is all God wants for us. There is no other purpose.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” | John 15:13
Jesus demonstrated His love for us by dying on the cross so that we can be reconciled to God the Father. Jesus has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. The death of Jesus is how we know what love is. Now this is some good news!
I must confess that I am not the best at love. I am challenged many days. Let’s dig in. There is much to learn on how to love.
- 1 John 3:16 — We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
- 1 John 4:10 — In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Ephesians 5:2 — And walk in love, just as the Messiah also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
- Ephesians 5:25 — Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.
What should we do? 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.”
“You shall love the Lord 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
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. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13.
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The Christian Training Center International was founded in the early 1970’s as The Inn of the Last Resort. It is now known throughout the world for its outreach to families, Christian leaders, and young people. Our focus is to enable individuals – especially young men and women – to face and overcome the mounting issues and pressures in their daily lives. Learn more here.
The most effective way to learn a foreign language is through immersion. In complete immersion, students spend all their time hearing and speaking a new language in a sequential and cumulative format. The goal is to become not only a proficient speaker, but to acquire an appreciation and understanding of a new culture. This approach describes the training process at CTCI.
Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus. The goal is fluency in the language of relationships. Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus. This encounter is the means for both insight and vision. Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.
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