Love, love, love. Love makes the world go round… or so they say. People are always falling in and out of love. The passionate love today can turn into venomous hatred in what seems like an unbelievable short period. What is this? We have many different kinds of love; Eros (physical love; sexual desire), phileo (meaning a deep, emotional feeling), fraternal (brotherly affection), and agape (Christianity: Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity).
Each word describes a type of love, but in our English language the word love is tossed around to apply to everything from pizza, our pets, a car, our family, our mates, and of course, God. God loves us with supernatural love, Agape. He has called us to love the same way and has given us the ability to do so through His Holy Spirit. (Rom 5:5).
Supernatural love (Agape) is unconditional, while natural love is very conditional. Natural love has to die to give way to the supernatural. When we continue to seek natural love, God can’t bring the supernatural. In a marriage relationship, love, for instance, is not the most important part of the marriage, but with self-respect, mutual respect for one another, friendship, and companionship, it can be cultivated. (Rom 15:5-7)Compatibility is a goal to reach for in marriage, but it is not the substance of the marriage. Less than 1% of all marriages are compatible in the beginning. In Christian marriage natural love must die to give way to the supernatural. When natural love dies we will not make the transition to supernatural if we continue to pursue the natural. When we praise and thank God for our life; for His grace and love, instead of murmuring, He is able to bring us from natural to supernatural. People enter into relationships; married people have affairs, all seeking ‘love’ (natural or sensual love). In Christ if we allow God to work His will, He will create the supernatural which will exceed any expectation or expression of the natural. Allowing God to Develop AgapeGod gave this word to me 12-2-1982, but it will bless anyone who receives it. Just as I commanded my people, Israel, to be still and know that I am God, so I command you. Be still and know that I am God; I change not. There is no other god. Rest in Me. This day I tell you, I am your deliverer. Abound in my love, trust, have confidence in My love.Not worldly love, but agape. Do you know agape? God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Come, draw near to Me. Let Me teach you agape. Trust Me. You can’t learn on your own power, but I, by My Spirit can cause My love, which has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit to grow and mature and cause you to come into the fullness of agape. Rest in Me. I will perfect My will in you. I do the work; you do the yielding. It is not your job to change you. I cause the change.Just as I created all that exists, I created you. I have purposed; I caused you to be; I fulfill My will and desire in you. You can’t do this job, your efforts are futile. I am the completer of all things. It is in Me that you are perfected. I take nothing away that I do not replace with that which is more perfect.If you trust Me, it must be unconditional, without reservation. Have you the courage to surrender to Me? It costs everything.Are you willing?