In my previous letter we recognized some military Chaplains who had made the ultimate sacrifice, demonstratng love for their service members and their country.
Let’s take a moment to look at the importance of love and loving one another. Love can be described several ways, however I would like to focus on the commonly used word for love in the Bible and that is Agape (Αγάπη) love. This the Greek word for Love. It is an unconditional, no limits love. It is also defined as a love that had no parameters or bounds. I believe often times that we cannot even comprehend this type of love as humans. This self-emptying and divine love is something that we must practice and give to others as followers of Christ.
However, I realize it is difficult to do. We hold on to hurts, and wrongs, fail to truly forgive and can become selfish and self-centered. I believe that at times we can even put our own conditions on love as if to say, “well only if he or she does this then I can love them”.
Well I am happy to say that our Father in Heaven does not do that. And thanks be to God that He doesn’t! If He did we not be able to experience the Love that He gives. We could not demonstrate that love to others. We could not care for others like we should without that Christ-like example of love.
So today I ask you, do you husbands out there love your wives like Christ loved the church? Do you love your neighbors with that agape love? Do you love those in need like Christ loves you when you are in need or not? Do you live a life of selflessness instead of selfishness?
It is not easy. We all make mistakes, but we have an example for our daily lives and that is Christ. Through His healing of those in need and His sacrifice on the cross, He has set the example for us all.
I will conclude with this verse from the book of John chapter 1 verse 29: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” The interesting part of this verse is that the word used here for “world” is the Greek word “Κόσμο” meaning “Kosmos”, or the entire universe, the whole world and everything in it.
This is that demonstrated Agape love telling us that He died and was resurrected for you and for this whole world! Enjoy the comfort in knowing our Savior Jesus Christ that through His love for you and for me, we can be eternally secure through our belief in Him and our Faith in Him!
Read more from the Spring 2018 Task Force Heroes newsletter.