” 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, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, NKJV).
Today is a commercialized celebration of love amid varying degrees of amorous affection. People celebrate Valentine’s Day with that “special someone”. Others are broken-hearted because there is no significant other. For the people of God, the Trinity is the complete desire of our souls. God loves each of us so much that His own beloved Son became the perfect sacrifice; allowing every person the opportunity to share in the complete fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (John 3:16).
The love that the Lord has for us is shown in the Gospel of John. Twice, scriptures refer to John as the apostle whom Jesus loved. (John 20:2, 21:7). What is interesting is that in the first reference, the Greek word (phileo: to be a friend to/fond of) is used while agape is used in the latter verse. Agape love is the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle and propriety. When we put both those words together, we get a complete picture of the way Jesus loves us: both from the mind and in the heart. Nothing is more complete.
In the book of Revelation, John greets the 7 churches in Asia Minor with the grace and peace of the Lord. He reminds them of the true love that freed us from the bondage of sin and death.(Revelation 1:5). For the overcomers, God’s promise is that even those from the synagogue of Satan will worship at our feet and will know that the Almighty has loved us.(Revelation 3:9)
Indeed, the end of all things is at hand and we need to be serious and watchful in our prayers. The fervent love for our brethren will cover a multitude of sins.(2 Peter 4:7-8). EJ