This message of love was sent to the world by God the creator. God is love and all expressions of love started with him. God saw humanity and our need for a savior and out of his love sent his one and only son as a sacrifice in order to restore the fellowship between God and man. When we receive his gift of sacrificial Love which is Jesus, we enter into the family of God.
Agape, a greek word for love is a love of choice and refers to the will to love instead of an emotion. It seeks the highest good for others freely without expecting or asking anything in return. God is love and is the foundation of Agape. God is the one and only true God of Love.
Phileo is another type of love which is a friendship love. It is described as a heart to heart connection. A close friend is someone that you trust, you are transparent with and can share your joys your sorrows & your pain. God desires that we love him this way that we can come to him sharing our joys our pains and our sorrows.
Of course he is God and he knows these things about us already but so desires that we come to him and share our hearts like a close friend. The great thing about God is he will never reject you he is in the business of fixing broken things. He makes beauty out of Ashes.
God speaks of the bride of Christ in his word. Marriage is the most intimate of all relationships. You see to have a relationship with someone you have to spend time with them on a regular basis to really know them. When you fall in love you can't get enough of that person to whom your affections are for. You want to know their likes and dislikes, what makes them happy or sad, their favorite color, favorite meal etc.... You learn all these things by just being with them daily.
This is the longing of God's heart that we dwell with him that we are intimate with him, sharing our lives daily with him, getting to know him on a personal level, a personal relationship.
God is infatuated with us and is waiting on us just to be near him .....just to be with him. God wants and desires to dwell with us. He gives us freewill to choose to know him in this intimate way.
I dont know about you but I love to love him and desire to know him more, I mean really know him. It was love that sent Jesus to the cross and he did it for you and me. What a beautiful expression of love that was.
Gods Valentine message rings out continually throughout eternity.
You can't make God love you any more than he already does and you can't make him love you any less by anything you have done wrong, his love is unconditional he is just waiting with open arms!
Oh how he LOVES US!
Until next time,