“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Gen.9:13
There seems to be great confusion over what love is these days. In the name of “love” social media is exploding with hostile attacks. Bombs are flying from under the rainbow and some have launched from the foot of the cross, all in the name of love. Has love really won? Not in my humble estimation. I only see anger. I see a nation divided. I see people fueled by animosity. Along with a warped understanding of love has come some confusion about hatred as well. Many see it as disagreement. I have a theory about this. Those who hate people who disagree with them think everyone operates that way. I suppose that’s what hate does to people. It makes them irrational.
While the topic of hate is relevant to the discussion, I’d like to focus on love. Just so we’re clear, I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, nor do I profess to be the best example. However, I do know what the Bible has to say. We are reminded in scripture that:
“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. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
This love is what’s known in the Christian community as “agape love” which is selfless, sacrificial and unconditional. The love touted by the “love wins” crowd is altogether different as it exhibits characteristics contrary to those mentioned in the above passage. To be fair, agape love has not been the immediate response of many Christians or churches. This too must change.
While agape love does not win votes in a “progressive” culture such as ours, it does win souls. As a matter of a fact, it was agape love that won me to The Lord years ago. Jesus once said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) This is how He demonstrated His great love for mankind. It was His selfless, sacrificial and unconditional love for us that took Him and held Him to the cross. Such love never fails. Generations later, it continues to cover a multitude of sins.
I must be frank here; the love touted by the “love wins” crowd is not winning on any front. We find ourselves in a bitter war, polarized like never before. As a result, even the most loving among us find themselves on the receiving of deep-seeded hatred. Perhaps that is you. If so, you are my reason for writing this. I want to remind you of your greatest defense. It’s called “agape love”. We must love like never before: selflessly, sacrificially and unconditionally. Pray for God to help you. Pray for those who hate you. Remember these words of Jesus:
“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45
In the end, Agape Wins! It always does. Should you ever doubt that, look no further than the cross.
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