This Kind of Love (agape)

“Agape” is a Greek noun which is translated in our English bibles as “love,” and “agapeo” is the verb form of this very same word which is also translated as “love.” Just to call these words “love” though does not describe very well the meaning of these as they are used in the New Testament. Let me try to explain …

“Agape” is translated “charity” in the King James Version of the bible, and most people think that this primarily has to do with the benevolent giving out of money and help to others, but this is an insufficient translation of the word “agape.” The apostle Paul shows us in his writings that agape “love” is something that goes far and beyond the simple giving to the poor and the needy of the world. In 1 Corinthians 13: 3, he wrote, “And though I feed the poor with all my goods, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love (agape), it profits me nothing.” I believe that this is saying that “agape” love DOES give to the poor and the needy, but that the MERE ACT of this giving is not what “agape” love is.

Let’s put it this way …

When the scriptures say that Jesus was “moved with compassion” for hurting people, it does not mean that He was moved by human emotions. No. To be “moved with compassion” as Jesus was moved is to be moved with God’s “agape” love. This is something that comes from the Father Himself. In regard to our ministering and giving out to others, if we are moved by human compassion for people it may cost us our time or our money, but if we are moved by God’s “agape” love for people, well, that might cost us our life.

Beloved, the best way that I can describe “agape” love is as the sacrificial and unconditional giving out of ourselves for others. It is the unconditional surrender of our lives unto God that He might use us for the best interest of other people, and this regardless of the personal cost. Surely, this kind of “love” is shown in no better way than in the Cross of Jesus Christ, and surely this very same kind of love will be seen in no better way in the end of this age than through the actual DEMONSTRATION of a people who are willing to lay down their lives for other people.

To sum this up here, I’ll give you a verse …

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

That word for “love” there, beloved, is “agape.” WE (a remnant people) are NOW being prepared for a most awesome demonstration of THIS KIND OF LOVE!

Bless you.