We all experience ‘love’ in very different aspects of our journey through life. Love can be found in family, friends, pets, hobbies, nature, scenery – just to name a few…
This simple but powerful four-lettered word can be the engine for change in our lives – giving us the opportunity to move on from past hardships or the reason for separating from a particular situation. Whatever we go through or do in our lives, love is always present.
However, love can also feel so distant. As families breakup and relationships fall away, love can become like a long-lost friend in our everyday. We can feel isolated and alone when love feels miles away. Love causes hurt and anger because it was once so close but in an instant can feel like it was never there at all.
Luckily for us, there is a love – an Agape love – which is so powerful and always there; even when it may seem like there’s nothing at all! ‘Agape’ is a term referring to unconditional love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”
The word ‘love’ is mentioned a whopping 551 times in the Bible (don’t worry I didn’t spend all day counting them all… Google is a wonderful thing!).
We read in the book of Jeremiah (a Prophet in the Old Testament) this verse:
“I (God) have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
This same God who was present in the beginning is still ever-present in us all today! That same God loves you with an everlasting love that no one can take away from you.
A few hundred years later from when Jeremiah wrote these words, a man called Jesus – you may have heard of Him – came, walked amongst normal people, lived a normal life and showed us what this ‘Agape’ love ultimately means.
He died on a cross (the most horrific and brutal method of capital punishment in the Roman Empire) to show the love that God had for us all!
You may be reading this in a season when love seems like a fairytale or something that just isn’t real. You are loved! It may not physically feel it right now but my goodness are you loved!