Love of Another Kind
“If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.”
1 Corinthians 13: 7
Pink sings a song about showing a little more love. She cries for her lover to open up just a little more and show her that love exists. As the world becomes crazier, colder, and spinning out of control, we are all looking for something to stand rock solid upon.
Wouldn’t you agree that love is something that moves people and their hearts? We are made social beings that need God and people. Real love is the glue that keeps it from all flying apart.
We have finally reached the pinnacle of the word love. It really is an experience that is far beyond what we see on earth. We all want to be unconditionally loved just as we are. That would be a perfect relationship, right? Sadly, because of our human condition we can’t generate this brand of love. Agape, unconditional love from the original Greek, is something only God posses.
I have personally found that God is crazy. What I mean is that His love for us is just waiting to turn our lives inside out. Okay, here is an example. I do something kind and loving for my wife or family. I get great joy in seeing them happy and that is already a great thing. God jumps in and blesses me for it. Is it just me but isn’t that a bit more than expected? Jesus love in its natural, supernatural state, overwhelms us in every way.
Just a few days ago I had an experience that brought this all home. We were sitting down to a simple dinner that we washed down with bottled water. That was until a friend showed up with something unexpected. He had brought water that had really been purified right from the source. You have never heard that many people so excited about a simple glass of water. My daughter was rolling her eyes and said she would never drink plastic bottled water again.
That is what happens when you taste the Love of God. The other words for love have lost their flavor. When you line up mania with agape love it seems so selfish and obsessive. The fire of eros burns brightly but it’s only a flicker in comparison. What is the glue of phileo? How do moms and dads find the strength to love when their children are unlovable? Like real water, agape is the well that all forms of love call their source.
God is agape and agape is God. So when I open myself up to this love I am opening a door to something I cannot generate. All the things that make a person able to truly an overcoming life come from the source itself. If there ever was a time we needed to be closer to God it is now.
It almost feels like the center of life is removed and it’s all spinning out of control. I bet that is why many of us who profess to be believers are struggling. Our motives, actions, emotions, mental and spiritual state feels unsettled. Could it be that the Lord is gently removing our dependence on our own strength? Human love and compassion is many times generated from an inferior fallen human state. The love of most will grow cold, is one of the last things to happen before the End Times truly fall upon the Earth. We have a choice to let go of what we have for God’s agape love, or we can cling on to our own goodness and energies.
I pray you hold on to Love as we round the corner in this marathon of live. May you have what it takes because you are running on a strength not your own. Drink deep from the deep source, only God provides. Hydrate your soul, mind and body. Run and finish well!