Godly love: There are several different Greek words which are translated as “love” in the New Testament. Agapao (verb) and agape (noun). This is the “Godly love” of the Bible. It is a deliberate, purposeful love rather than emotional or impulsive love. Valentine’s day is quickly approaching and thoughts turn to the topic of love. This year I am revising one old post about God’s Love. Love as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire; affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.
True Godly “love” is a verb (it requires action). God’s part of the action was sending His son to die on the cross because of His love for us. Our part is to show that same love to others including our enemies (Matthew 5:44). “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
Let’s remember that God never intended for His people to show love only one day out of the year. Every aspect of God is about love and how much He loves us. His Word is filled with His promises to forever love us. Godly love is constantly demonstrated throughout the Bible.
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
He loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3-6)
His love never fails. (Psalm 136)
Trust God to love you unconditionally, always. As I was writing this I had a song in my heart by Jesus Culture (One Thing Remains). Have a listen. It’s an old song, but it still touches my heart. Happy God’s Love Day.