Agape is not a feeling you get when you encounter someone you find lovable; instead, it involves choosing to express love evenor perhaps especiallywhen you encounter someone unlovable. It is all about self-denial rather than self-fulfillment; it’s focused on giving rather than on receiving.
I don’t know about you, but I feel hopelessly incapable of that kind of love. It seems an almost impossible thing for anyone but God to love in this way, and yet He makes no small thing of calling us to do just that. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35, nlt). What a high calling! Agape is the number one evidence to this world that we are His! No wonder He planted in our hearts a longing for such a love.
Excerpted from Get Lost by Dannah Gresh
Daily Reflection: How can you show agape love to those around you today?