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Agape Love

A Grandma's Point of View - Janiece Self

Much to grandpa’s dismay, the grandchildren refer to our home as Grandma’s House.  He wonders why it is never Grandpa’s House, because it’s his home too.  I have my theory, but grandpa does, from time to time, attempt to get the attention directed to him.  Grandpa can be quite a tease and is tolerated by his little sweeties better at times than others.  One day, when the teasing went on a little longer than the 5 year old grandson thought it should, he asked, “Why did you marry Grandpa?” Not only was the fun lasting too long in the 5 year old’s mind, but he was wondering what good I saw in him.  Of course, my answer was an easy one, “because I love him.”  A look of dismay appeared on the little guy’s face, no more was said and the day continued with grandson and I doing the things we (he) likes to do.

The answer about my love for grandpa seemed to be enough, but my human love is nothing like the awesome love God has for each one of us. He loves even when we do and say wrong things.  There is even a name for God’s love;  “Agape” is the Greek word for this perfect love.  God’s Love is Self-Giving;  God’s Love is Sacrificial;  God’s Love is Unconditional, it transcends;  God’s love is Eternal; God’s Love is Holy.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”   God does not merely love, as I love grandpa; God is love, it is His nature.  The Bible says we are undeserving recipients of His lavish agape love (1 John 3:1).  God’s demonstration of agape love led to the sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus, for those He loves.  Father, I praise You and thank You for the wondrous love You have for me.  I am so unworthy, but You love me anyway.  Because of Your example of unconditional love, may I learn to love others.  Thank you, Jesus, for Your ultimate sacrifice so that I can be saved. May I look to You for all my help.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

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