Agape Love…Part 1

May 16, 2017  |     |   General

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  –Matthew 22:35-40

     The great commandment is to love God and love others.  Hearing this sounds like a huge undertaking.  How do I love God and love others?  Maybe you are thinking, I love God, but loving others is really hard.  Or maybe you think, this is for people who are good at this, but I’m not…
     This is the great commandment, and it applies to more than just those who work in full-time ministry like we do at Open Door Mission.  This is the great commandment for all believers. 
     The Greek word for love in these verses is agape.  Jo Saxton sheds some light in a

Jo Saxton is a pastor, Christian author, and speaker.

sermon about what this agape love means.

“What does your love say about you?  It’s easy to love people who are like you.  Love-agape is sacrificial love.  What does your sacrificial love look like?  It’s more than baby-sitting.  Sacrificial love costs you.  It may cost you to make friends who are the lost, lonely, least and lonely, is that your example?  It may be someone you disagree with politically.  Can you disagree without being disagreeable or do we have to fight it out with hashtags on Facebook?  What does our love look like?  Cornel West says justice is what love looks like in public.  What does your love look like to the people you disagree with, people you don’t like, people with whom you don’t want to spend time, and people who occupy your time?  Sometimes the thing the Lord is inviting us to will stretch us into more.  You will find your heart will become bigger than it expected.”

To be continued Wednesday, May 17.


Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director