John, The Beloved

It is common to hear people refer to God’s love as being a distinct kind of love that the Greek language called agape. Unfortunately our English gets confused when it comes to discussing love because we apparently can love all kinds of things; a good movie, a pet, a spouse, a foot rub or a member of the church. God’s love expressed through the self-sacrifice of Jesus transformed John from a son of thunder to a beloved disciple. He wrote at length of God’s love displayed through Jesus and then also how we are have that same love for one another and for God. This kind of love requires our devotion and loyalty first to God and then to others because He first loved us. Agape is not confused with bowing to the popular demands or fear that comes from men, because this perfect love drives out fear.