What is love? The Greeks had many words for different aspects of love but we have one. We “Love” pizza and we “Love” our significant others. We “Love” baseball and we “Love” God. It is no wonder the youth of today are confused.
I have worked with Junior High students for 15 years at Sierra Pines and one thing is for sure, they are extremely confused about love. Many of them come from broken homes and the only example of love they see if the love on tv shows and movies. This is primarily what the Greeks called “Eros” – romantic, passionate love. It is the love of feelings that comes and goes like the tide.
They long for “Agape” (Ah-Gaw-Pay) -the unconditional love of God but do not know it exists. They see parents “fall out of love” and think that is how love works. They see it as a temporary thing that can be here and then can be gone. They see love as something that must be earned and can be lost. That creates a very insecure self esteem that is constantly seeking other’s affirmation.
It is up to us to show these children that they serve a God who already loves them more than anything. His “Agape” love cannot go away and they cannot make Him love them more or less. His love is not the fleeting “Eros” they associate with love. It is a forever love that loves them to the atoms in every cell, to their very soul. They don’t need other’s affirmation because He already thinks they are the best. God loves them the way they are and has great plans for them.
On that note, do you know how much YOU are loved? The Bible says God IS love. YOU are loved more than anything can love anything by the pure embodiment of undiluted love. The face you see in the mirror does not have to earn that love. It is already loved most. Let that sink in and go love the people around you with “Agape.” Let’s show the world what true love really is.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.