I had no clue what the word agape meant until I heard it this morning in church. Do you know what it means? Ok, I knew what it meant from teaching it in my bible study class, but there’s always so much more to learn whether it’s your first lesson of the Bible or the gazillionth time you heard it, you always take away something new.
There are 4 types of words for love in Greek. I can go into all 4, but today I want to focus on agape. Agape means the kind of love we have for God and it’s the kind of love you should have for your spouse. Of course you should have desire and passion and we all know in the beginning that’s not a problem. It’s when you’re with your spouse awhile that you develop agape love. God intended for married couples to become one and for mankind to be the covenant. After I heard this today, I realized I was looking at marriage differently. We are one, yes, but together we are one with God. What does this mean for our marriage?
For me it means, all the things we do for God we should be doing for each other. We intend to serve God then serve each other. It’s the kind of respect you would give to God himself, the unconditional, selfless love. My goal is to remember this word agape and for it to be a constant reminder of how I view my marriage. I’m not sure if you can have happy disagreements, but it certainly helps with accepting, trusting, and forgiving sooner.