Monday, February 13, 2012

Agape Love

I love my wife. I also love hot Krispy Kreme donuts. I love football, pizza, enchiladas, and my kids. I love to go to the beach. And I love God. We love to use the word love. We use it so often that it has lost its meaning.

In 145 B.C., seventy scholars gathered together to translate the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek. This translation became known as the "Septuagint." The Greeks were pagans who worshipped idols and had several words for human love, but they didn't have a word to describe the true God's unconditional love. This presented a problem for Bible translators.

Here is what the translators did. They searched for a word in the Greek language that was hardly ever used. In fact, this word was only found four times in literature. That word was "agape." They took that word and gave it an entirely new meaning--God's unconditional love. So whenever they came to the Hebrew word "hesed" which meant "God's loving kindness" in the Old Testament, they translated it into Greek using the word "agape." This kind of love only comes from God in heaven.

God puts agape love inside every believer. "The love (agape) of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Rom. 5:5). The love of God is inside you, but you must let it out. It's like the faucet in your house. The faucet doesn't produce any water, it only allows the water to flow. When God says to "agape your enemies" (Luke 6:35), you choose to turn on the faucet to let God's love flow through you to them. Will you let God use you in this way today?