When the New Testament was written, there were several words the authors used that were unusual. One of them was the word agape, which means “love.” The Greek language had several words for love, but this one was hardly ever employed in their literature. For example, Homer did not use it in the Iliad. Plato and Aristotle did not use it in their philosophical writings. And Sophocles never used it in his plays.
The reason is because agape meant “unconditional love”, and the Greeks did not know what that meant. It meant “love for love’s sake”, and they had no idea what that looked like until the New Testament was written. Then it was used more than 300 times. And one of those is in Romans 5:8 where it says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Paul says that agape looks like this: it looks like Jesus Christ. It looks like the Son of God dying for our sins.
Are you a sinner today? Be encouraged because Jesus died for people like you. Do you need unconditional love? Take heart because you can have it. God demonstrates it for you at the cross. Look to that, and you can be saved and have all the love you need.
If you would like to hear more about this, we will be studying Romans five this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church. We meet at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive and would love to see you there. Bring your Bibles and a hungry heart. - Jeremy Cagle