God’s Kind of Love
God’s kind of love is described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. As we reflect on this chapter, we understand that this letter was written to the Corinthian church because of their dysfunction in exercising spiritual gifts. The Apostle Paul uses this opportunity to instruct them by letting them know that the most important aspect of God-given gifts is to exercise them in love. The gifts are for the edifying/building up of the saints, and without a foundation of love, Paul says, there is no point.
The word “love” is mentioned in one form or another approximately 442 in the King James Version of the Bible. That’s powerful. However, as you study scripture, you will find different meanings/interpretations of the word “love”. There is love that comes from friendship, family relationships, sexual relationships, and ultimately, God’s kind of love which in the Greek language is Agape love.
In this chapter, the love referenced here is “agape” love which is a love expressed as a sacrificial, giving, absorbing love. It is a love that loves without changing. It is a self-giving love that gives without demanding or expecting repayment. It is love so great that it can be given to the unlovable or unappealing. It is love that loves even when it is rejected. Agape love gives and loves because it wants to; it does not demand or expect repayment from the love given.
This is the love God has for mankind according to John 3:16. And more than that, this is the love that God “is”. The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8 that God is love. So, the kind of love being described here in 1 Corinthians 13 is love that has its source in God, which means without God in our lives, we are incapable of this kind of love.
If we are to love as God loves, that love—that agape—can only come from its Source. This is the love that “has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” according to Romans 5:5. It is because of God’s love toward us, we are able to love one another.
Jesus gave us a new commandment that we love one another as He has loved us. By this love, the world will know that we are His disciples. If we’re having trouble convincing the world around us that we belong to Jesus Christ, we might need to consider what we’re displaying to the world in the way that we treat our husbands, wives, children, parents, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Strive for God’s kind of love.