(John 21:15-17; 1 John 3:16-18; 1 John 4:7-12)
The Bible talks about three kinds of love. “Phileo” which is love of your friends, or friendship-love, and “Eros,” which is physical love, a man for a woman, or marriage-love,
or lust for worldly pleasures, and then there is “Agape.” Agape-love is God’s love. Only God can love with Agape-love. It is perfect and unconditional. Agape love is used often in the book of 1 John.
The word “LOVE” can easily be misused. We love our dogs, the movies, the
food we eat, and the latest computer games. Love-talk can be cheap! If we say we love God, yet don’t help others in need, how can we say that God is in us? So, if Jesus is living in you, put LOVE-ACTIONS into practice. People will then know and experience God’s love for them, from you! Since God loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11) In John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter if he
truly loves him. Jesus wanted Peter, and us, to understand that to truly love God, we must show love to those around us. In the game Love-Toss, we don't hold on to the ball, we pass it on. In the same way, if we have Jesus living in us, we must pass on his love to those around us!
Copyright 1997 S. A. Keith
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