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 NIV
The True Love Story
We all want love, but what kind of love? Human love is conditional, I’ll love you IF. It is self-centered, two-sided, and in essence, a bondage-type of love. It depends on how we feel, how the other person responds, and how our circumstances are going. This type of love says, “If I love you, and you don’t love me, then I’m not wasting my time loving you.” Basically, the mindset is “What’s in it for me?”
However, agape love—the God-kind of love—is another story. God’s love is unconditional, has no strings attached, and is a gift. Agape love doesn’t depend upon being returned. Even when the other person doesn’t show love, agape love will be given anyway. It doesn’t depend on circumstances, feelings, or needs. It is a love that can’t help do anything but give.
Everyone, even those with the hardest of hearts, is capable of human love. However, only God can always show of agape love. It is born into our hearts, it is supernatural, and it is freely given. Agape love alone satisfies the deepest longings of our hearts, for it is true love. Let us ask God to fill us with this love!
What is your love based on, self or God? Can you love when it’s not returned? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what true love really is to you.
Father, help me show agape love to those around me.