Agape Love (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agapē) is a peculiar one from all kinds of love. It is loving the powerless, the unlovable, the unworthy including the enemy.
This is said to be a perfect love transcending all circumstances. It does not lay criteria for the object or recipient. It satisfies itself by just being that kind and nothing else.
When hatred is greater than love and enmity over good prevails in us this agape love is momentarily overpowered but it doesn’t mean it was removed from us.
This is the meaning of Christmas and the Holy Week seasons. Jesus Christ the concrete manifestation of God’s love came to remind us that we have not been exercising agape love, we are forgetting to show it to those who are unworthy, to those who are undeserving.
Jesus Christ came to remind us that we are only loving those who love us, we are only loving those who are worthy in our eyes, and we are only loving those who are deserving. But we don’t love those who really needed to be loved. He made the example for us to emulate through our lives so we can be instruments of God’s love.
We are challenged to ponder and take seriously how life is so precious that it took God’s self-emptying love to redeem us from the quagmire of unworthiness, meaningless, and depravity.