There are different types of love. Phileo is often looked at as brotherly love. Eros is the sexual kind of love. Agape is the highest form of love, an unconditional love; this is the love that God has for us.
Many of us have a broken understanding of love. Our definition of love has been corrupted by abuse and worldly definitions. Maybe too many Hallmark and Lifetime movies have caused us to cross the line. The truth is we cannot truly love others, until we first grasp the love of God. When we begin to understand His love, and we walk with Him, we begin to grow in love and overflow in love. We then “love each other because He loved us first.”
Today, embrace the love of God. God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to pay for your sins so that if you believe in Him, you are given the free gift of eternal life. He loves you so much, He continues to reach out to you. He desires a relationship with you. It is by His example and through the Spirit that we can love others. We love each other because He loved us first.
“We love each other because He loved us first.” -1 John 4:19 [NLT]
This past week was a difficult one for me. My routine was missing in action. Sleep escaped me. My level of pain was at its highest. We were relocating. I was working every day, all day. It was draining.
I was standing at work in pain, tired and dreading the end of my shift when I would return home to move more stuff to the new place. I asked a friend if she had some hard candy like a Lifesaver, because my throat was dry. Little did I know, a customer was listening to the conversation. As I finished with his order, he handed me the Lifesavers. I argued that it was against policy to accept things from customers. He then said he would leave them sit for me, that it was his policy to be nice. Jokingly, the lady behind him said she liked Three Musketeers. I was amazed as I spied him picking up yet another small gift to bring another smile around.
My day was not going well. I was exhausted and found myself on the verge of tears, nearly falling asleep standing, and wearing more braces than ever before because my body was feeling the week’s work. Then here came this fellow who became a lifesaver for a moment. His attitude and generosity had a great impact on me and the other customer. One small gesture had a ripple effect. It was a great reminder of our great Lifesaver. The gentleman paid attention to those around him and took action. It did not cost him a lot of money. It did not cost him a lot of time. This reminds me of something Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” – 1 John 4:7 [MSG]
Every Valentine’s Day, there is great focus on LOVE. There is nothing wrong with love, but as we spend each year celebrating a day of love with chocolates, flowers, diamonds and dinner, we cannot neglect to celebrate the love of God. The Bible says that God is love. As you spend this Valentine’s Day, do not forget to spend some time with God.
In celebration of this day of love, I wanted to share a list of twelve songs about God and His amazing love for us. These twelve songs are in no particular order but they are all favorite songs of mine because they focus on the great love of our Father. If you have any others you would like to share, leave a comment. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and make a point to share the love of Jesus with someone today!!
1. Newsboys – “Your Love Never Fails”
2. Brandon Heath – “Your Love”
3. JJ Heller – “What Love Really Means”
4. David Crowder Band – “How He Loves”
5. Mark Schultz – “Love Has Come”
6. Group 1 Crew – “His Kind of Love”
7. Chris Tomlin – “Love”
8. Sixteen Cities – “Love is Making a Way”
9. Paul Baloche – “The Same Love”
10. Tenth Avenue North – “Love is Here”
11. For King & Country – “The Proof of Your Love”
12. Hillsong Live – “Our God is Love”