About 2 weeks ago, the sermon that was preached in our church was all about divine love or Agape kind of love. It is then where I began to understand the true meaning of love, the sacrificial kind of love that Jesus has demonstrated for us.
I was so blessed to understand how deep Agape love is. It comforted me to know that I still need to press on. When I feel like I’ve given my all, Agape tells me that I still have a lot more to give. When I feel unloved, un-appreciated, un-reciprocated, Agape tells me that true love never fails, and does not seek it’s own.
Agape quieted my soul from my longings. Agape teaches me to bear all, believe in all. When I feel so alone and lonely, Agape teaches me to hope all things, to suffer long and to still behave kindly and not to keep record of shortcomings.
I still am full of weaknesess, but Agape gives me hope and teaches me to control my emotions and to rather look at everything with eyes of compassion and to move away from my needs. I still feel the need for comfort, long for assurance and crave appreciation, but I have learned and keep learning to go past what I feel.
Here’s how someone so beautifully describe Agape.
The Priority of Love
- Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
- And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
- And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.
The Qualities of Love
- Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,
- Does not behave itself rudely, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, keeps no record of evil;
- Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
- Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
The Permanence of Love
- Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
- For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
- But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
- When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- For now we see in a mirror dimly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
- And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
May we all grow into this love.