1. the love of God or Christ for humankind.
2. the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
The love of God or Christ for humankind. In the bible we read about God's great love, Him sending His only Son to die for us filthy wretches. That is extreme love. The other part of the definition is "the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind". Wow! If that doesn't place a load of responsibility on your shoulders, I don't know what would. We are supposed to love EVERYONE just as Christ loved us. He was not a respecter of persons, no person was better than another. He loved those that persecuted Him, who spat on His face, who betrayed Him, and who hung Him on that cross. Here in America we have the freedom of speech and can say what we want and worship as we please. We don't face the physical kind of persecution that Jesus faced. There are many though who do face an almost mental persecution in their own homes and we need to love those who persecute us. Love them with the agape love, the same kind of love Christ loves you with.
Today, I exhort you to reach out to someone who is in need of love. They may be an old neighbor, an enemy, or a friend. Reach out and love them with agape love. It may be hard, so ask God to help you. He loves you too!
Here are a few verses to encourage you all!
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a and 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.