~1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
One of the things we don't always understand about agape love as it is described in the New Testament, is that love is a state of mind. Chuck Swindoll describes agape love like this: "Agape implies permanence, unconditional charity, a decision more than a feeling, a commitment more than a relationship. Agape means loving not for one's own benefit, but for the benefit of others."
Agape love is not based on relationships necessarily or even feelings. It's an attitude. It's a decision. It's how we as Christians have decided each day to view the world and how we have decided to treat other people. When we have made that decision to show love to others as God has shown it to us, we will finally understand the concept of agape love. We are just as capable of showing love to a stranger, or even an enemy, when we understand the true meaning of love.
As you travel through your day today, make the decision to show love. What you give is what you'll receive.
(excerpted from Wednesday Night ReCharge message at Muncie Baptist Church 2/16/2022)
~Todd E. Creason