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  • Writer's picturePaul Condello

Agape Love In The Public Square

Parents show their children agape love.


In essence, it is about wanting to see the happiness of another person without requiring anything in return.

As talk of the truest form of Christian love becomes discussed once again in public, many people will learn about the term “agape love” for the first time (It is pronounced ow-GA-pay). Agape love was also discussed before the birth of Jesus on earth because the basic idea of it can be independently arrived at by reason, even though Jesus provided a full understanding of it. In essence, it is about wanting to see the happiness of another person without requiring anything in return. Parents show children agape love by loving them even when they misbehave or do not meet their expectations in other ways.


Agape love can be found in romantic love but only in genuinely romantic love that is found in committed relationships and healthy marriages. Most often, agape love is found in non-physical relationships. It can be shown toward people who are known or not known as well. It can be seen in a firefighter who breaks into a burning building to help someone she or he has never seen and may never see again. This is because agape love is not about how one person personally benefits from helping another. It involves seeing the worth of another human life and wanting to protect its welfare without requiring anything in return.


In fact, a key reason agape love is considered to be the highest form of love is because it is not based on how one personally benefits from it. It is not kindness shown out of a desire for intimacy, money, or respect but instead a genuine concern for another's welfare. It gives the most, it doesn't need to be returned, and it is shown the most genuinely. An example of showing agape love in its greatest form would be found in a situation where one decided to give one’s own life to save someone else who was about to lose theirs, which would show the greatest care for another person by giving them all that they could give. This is the love Jesus showed to humanity by example. However, agape love can still be shown to people on a daily basis at home, work, school, and all other spheres of public and private life.



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tashfea01
May 11, 2021

Of course our parents love is Agape to us. Even if many of us haven't found God through our actions yet, our Parents selfless love and teachings are surely a small touch of God on Earth that is hard to fin in anything else.

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lov3lycruz
Mar 02, 2021

Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re worthy. Agape makes them worthy by the strength and power of its love. The love of humans is thus more than a feeling, it is a state of the will. It is the love that consumes the person who experiences it. Whoever knows and experiences agape learns that nothing else in the world is important just LOVE.

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jajariva23
Jan 27, 2021

Even with an understanding of love, we often find it difficult to overcome barriers to love. These barriers often arise from our experiences in the past: the hurts, wounds, rejections and disappointments that left us unable to give or receive true love. These barriers need to surrender to God and have faith in Him, let us all receive God's Love.


As you grow in your faith, let God unfold His great love for you every day. Then, reach out in the practical ways to those around you family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and thereby demonstrate the love you have received from God.

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