Happy Birthday wish to you our beautiful and wonderful readers. Because you are our family and we love you with the love of Christ Jesus! May the peace of God rest rule and abide in your hearts today and forever more. My wish for you is that you study to show yourself approved, seek God to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit in you.
Agape is a uniquely human trait that cannot be explained away as the end result of an evolutionary process. This trait comes from the Creator God. Genesis 1:26 tells us God’s words at the creation of humanity: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” Since human beings have the capability to love, and since we are made in the likeness of God, He must be the source of love.
Jesus Christ, who came and dwelt on earth as God in the flesh, exemplified the tender affection of God for us. On the evening before Jesus faced a brutal scourging and death by crucifixion, He reflected on the ultimate in agape from a human perspective: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
But notice that God’s concern goes even further. Early in Jesus’ ministry, He taught that loving your friends was not enough.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, 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. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?” (Matthew 5:43-46).
Jesus practiced what He preached! Since Jesus led a sinless life, He did not have to die. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). He could have rightly claimed eternal life. But rather, He stood in the gap and said to His Father that He would take the death penalty for the sins of His friends—and, more significantly, for the sins of His enemies.
This attitude is an essential part of understanding God. Even in the agony of the crucifixion, Christ spoke this way of His enemies who were killing Him: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Encourage Yourself: Do you have this kind of godly love? It is one of the hardest things to have—but the rewards are worth it! Yet there is even more to your development of godly love. Happy Birthday to all of you June Birthday people. We love you all, and thanks to all our viewers. Courtney & Anita