John 3:16, 17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
When I say love what thoughts go through your mind. Typically we think of either a deep friendship or sexual definition for love. And typically we think of how those levels of love will benefit us. We are a selfish people whether we are willing to admit it or not.
When you look at love in God’s word you get a whole new definition. There are actually four different levels of love defined in God’s word. The greatest of those is displayed by our God sending His only Son to die for the sins of mankind. Could I do that with my son for the sins of mankind. No!
The four types of love from the Greek are;
– Storge or a family type of love. i.e. a mother and her child.
– Phileo or brotherly love. i.e. the level of love soldiers develop for their fellow soldiers.
– Eros or sexual love.
– Agape or absolute unconditional love regardless of how I am treated, regardless of race, regardless of any affiliation outside of my little world.
So, how do you stack up with your love for those around you? It is very challenging to evaluate myself and ask a loving God to help me develop the level of love He desires of me. For you see our God does desire that I would be like His Son which is the Agape level of love.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I John 4:13-16 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.