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What is Agape Love

Agape love is a type of Christian Universalism. It holds that all people will be saved and come to know God through his son, Jesus Christ’s forgiving grace which he demonstrated when he paid for our sins with His life on the cross. Agape love is selfless, unconditional, and unmerited favor. It does not come with strings attached or any expectation of repayment.

Agapists believe this type of emotional support should be given freely without expectations because it goes beyond what we can achieve on our own merit as humans (which isn’t much).  The definition may seem simple but there are many misconceptions about how one emits agape.

 

What is Agape Love in the Bible

The Agape Love in the Bible is a spiritual term used to describe God’s unconditional and selfless love for humanity. The word “agapé” comes from two Greek words that translate as “self-love” or more specifically describe how we should think about ourselves; it means thinking only good thoughts because they are beneficial towards our lives when given space and time, not doing something out of fear like shutting yourself off from others just so you can survive emotionally.

Bible Verses about Agape Love

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8

Romans 5:5

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

1 John 3:16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 John 3:16

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1 Corinthians 13 4:8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Romans 13:10

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:10

1 John 4:10

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10

John 21 15:17

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

John 21:15-17

Colossians 3:14

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:14

Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:35

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Examples of Agape Love in Bible

The most famous example of Agape love can be found in 1 John 4:19-21 where it says, “We love because he first loved us.” In this passage from the Bible, there are many phrases that symbolize what true Christianity looks like. Another example is the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable was told by Jesus in the hope that those who heard it would understand the true meaning of charity, unconditional love, and the commandment to “love thy neighbor.” This is the example set by Jesus Christ in the story of His life and death, who is the epitome of agape love.

What is the difference between other love and agape love?

When we experience the feeling of falling in love, our brain releases dopamine which creates an intense emotional response. This chemical is responsible for feelings such as exhilaration or blissful happiness – but it also causes excitement-related cravings like those experienced with drugs and alcohol.

Agape love does not produce any form of these responses because there’s no physical pleasure associated; rather, its purpose seems more spiritual than anything else: It exists solely so you can feel connected to others through compassion instead.

A Prayer for Agape Love

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become 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, but 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, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.  But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will 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 will 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 I shall know just as I as I am known.  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:1-13)

The Importance of Agape Love

Agape love is selfless, unconditional, and all-encompassing. It does not matter who you are or what your background maybe – if there’s a need in this world that someone can fill to make things better for them then they will do so without question because of how Agapic people feel about themselves.

Aristotle once said, “We should pursue friendships with those similar we ourselves would like our neighbor.” This idea holds true when considering agape vs other types levels; while some might argue it doesn’t really matter which one is offered as long both offer benefits (selflessness), most would probably agree more closely aligned lifestyles lead us straight toward happiness!

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Daily Devotions about Agape Love

Love is the essence of God. We know that.

At the same time, we can say that there are different kinds of love; we’re talking about that this week. Love for family. Love for our fellow humans. Love for nature.

But we can think of what is called Agape Love as “Big-Tent Love.” Agape is an ancient Greek word meaning “Love of God for people, and of people for God.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Get out of your bitterness toward someone. Stop looking at others as less than you are.

Our world is a great big old tent.

Your neighbor is you, and you are your neighbor.

Let’s pray. Lord, thank you for making us diverse. Help us love all people, all the time. Amen.

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Summary

Agape love is the most powerful form of emotional attachment. This type of affection drives out all other feelings and attachments, making it easier for you to be emotionally uncluttered.

A person who has experienced Agape Love will never again question their worthiness or lack thereof because they have been shown selfless unconditional acceptance from someone else.

The Bible says that love must be sincere. It’s the opposite of self-centeredness, self-fulfillment, self-pleasure, and self-glory. Let’s take the time to discover God and his special love that can be ours in Jesus Christ.

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