“….he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (I John 4:20).
The power of the gravitational force pulls every object towards the earth. The power of the new wine bursts objects like new wineskins. But the power of the love of Christ is one which compels. There is no powerful magnet equivalent to that of the love of Christ in this world. Paul said, “For the love of Christ compels us” (II Corinthians 5:14).
The various types of love in the world could be classified into four kinds.
1 “Starke”. This Greek word for love is the one which is shown by one another among the relatives. The relatives assemble together in functions like weddings and share love among themselves.
2 “Philia” This denotes the love between the friends. One friend would speak to another friend open-mindedly. One will be prepared to sacrifice for the sake of his friend.
3 “Eros” This relates to the flesh. It is a sexual passion. This is the one which encourages the couple to involve in family life. This love introduces the unknown. It builds up the families.
4 “Agape” This is a sacrificial and divine love. A love which does not expect anything in return. Under Agape, even the enemies are loved. Did Jesus not come in search of us when we were the sinners? Did He not give His love for us? This is the Agape love. “For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame” (Song of Solomon 8:6).
Paul the Apostle who thought of the love of Jesus was unable to define it and said: “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). This definition of Paul shows that love knows no boundaries. Christ is extending His hands towards you from the Cross and says that He so loves you.
In what all ways God showed His love to you? What are the sweet revelations of His love? When you meditate on these questions, the fire will be fierce in your ministry. All greatness of the world depends solely on how we love God and how He loves us. David looks up to God and says “I will love You, O Lord, my strength” (Psalm 18:1).
There are thousands of languages in the world and crores of words are there. The best among all the words is ‘divine love’. We taste the love of others. In return we love them too. The entire world marches in love alone. In particular, the divine love is incomparable. Let it fill your heart.
To meditate: “Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful and fully repays the proud person” (Psalm 31:23).