Agape Love-Definition . I Learned to Love

Agape Love-Definition

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.

Agape Love-Definition-Enemies
This is the love shown by God through Jesus Christ dying on the cross for sinners.  This is God’s communicable attribute that is shared by humans. Although humans cannot perfectly and absolutely follow they have the knowledge and are able to exercise or practice it.

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.


Agape Love-Definition-The crucified Christ
This communicable attribute of God is shared and embedded in our own being from the time God created us. That’s the very reason we know how to love as profound as the love of God resembling God’s image in us.

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.

8 thoughts on “Agape Love-Definition”

  1. You have explained very well and in an organized way for the definition of Agape Love. Love is the most important aspect in everyones life since the time the world was born. Thank you so much for sharing this article with all of us. It gave me a calm presence after reading this article.

    • Thank you, Sujandar, if you felt, you have been helped by this post. I now know that you have a deep understanding of God’s word.

      Let’s spread this good news to all people around the world.

  2. God’s love is unconditional and that is agape love. Love that has no boundary, no restriction. Love does not empower us to overlook evil but to love the victim and shun the evil did. I love that you reminded me of whom I should be at all time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Perfect, Gina. Yes, God does not condone us from doing evil, he simply showed us the other way of life, the good side to overcome the bad side.

  3. The love we profess should be Christ-like, a love you show to people around you without expecting anything in return. It is what pleases God and mankind, for  God himself is love, that is why we receive mercy from Him. Agape love should be our watchword in order to please God and attract his favor.

    • Yes, exemplifying God’s love is the message to all of us. God stooped down to reach us who are undeserving. If we can do it that means we have assimilated God’s message and teaching. Once Jesus Christ said to his hearers, “love your enemies”.

  4. The love Christ displayed for us when he gave his life,  is the ultimate definition of love. That love is undesirable and even though we did not deserve it, God sent his son so that we can be saved. I am so grateful that God did not think about how much we would sin, he just gave his life because He knew it was worth it. We have to love each other even when we don´t think that person deserves to be loved. Thanks so much for sharing, God bless.

    • Thanks, Jamiro for your thoughts affirming the understanding prescribed in this post. God’s example of love demonstrates how we could love the unlovable. It is not only who loves us that we can reciprocate but we should be the bringers of the non-traditional ways, the worthy loving the unworthy.


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