Agape Love is unconditional love from God our father. He sacrificed his only son to redeem us from sin, who paid a debt that he didn’t owe so that we may live and move in victory. This act of love enables us to walk in our assignments to advance God’s kingdom here in the earth realm until the return of Jesus Christ.
God’s love isn’t based off of how he feels, it is an expression of who He is. 1John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. “God is love,” therefore if you know him then you will be equipped to demonstrate the same undeserving love that he gives you. It is intentional because you belong to him which enables you to look past a person’s faults and ill desires to see their needs. This Godly love should be demonstrated through your actions where you put others before yourself and invest in their well-being.
Agape love is being selfless not selfish which means being unconcerned with yourself and focusing more on the concerns of others. It’s developing others and bringing out the greatness in them because when you lift up others you can fight the powers of the enemy together.
When I think about unconditional love and what that looks like I go to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which lays out a list of things that defines it. “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. “
This is the blueprint that should be used to show unconditional love. Learn to be patient with others and respect each other’s differences. Lead with love and kindness in how you communicate and interact with others. Honor others by not speaking ill will or saying disrespectful things. Frame your words carefully and think about what you say before you say it so that it won’t offend others.
There will be times when you may get angry with others, but you must learn to resolve things quickly, forgive and move on. The bible says in “Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” Don’t keep a tally of past wrong doings or keep score of who hurt the other person the most. You have to let things go because hanging on to negativity only keeps you in bondage.
Always be truthful, honest and trustworthy because these core attributes will build unconditional relationships that are sent by God. To have unconditional love takes hard work, commitment and most importantly, God. You must love others the way God loves you. When you have a close relationship with Him and experience His love and unmerited favor then you will know what genuine unconditional love looks like.