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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Love

February 14th, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – People who play tennis think of love as a score of zero or nothing.  But in the Biblical view of love, we see that all our efforts amount to nothing without love.

There are different types of love. Today, we are focusing on the type of love known as “Agape” love. It’s the kind of love that God has for us. Agape love is selfless and sacrificial. It’s the kind of love that seeks the well-being of others and is expressed in such a way that it contributes to their well-being. Agape love is not based on feeling, but rather is an act of the will with an attitude that cares.

Agape love is found in the Bible in places like First John 4:10: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”  His love for us is what enables us to love each other.  We can love more completely when we are completely receptive to God’s love for us.

Love is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


  1. Elizabeth Carver
    February 14th, 2011 at 11:45 | #1

    This is awesome stuff!!! We are the church and we should have this approach to people when we reach out to others. Love with the love of God.
    Thanks Elizabeth

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