According to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, love is a deep affection or fondness or sexual passion. How inaccurate. Real Love is the God-kind of Love, which in Greek is ‘Agape.’ It is not conditional, it is not a feeling and it is definitely not sexual.
This Love is of an eternal and divine variety and this is the kind of Love God lavishes upon us. If you go through 1 Corinthians 13 (and you should) you’d see that the God-kind of Love is very unique. The qualities of this love pay more attention to the recipient of Love than to the giver. Love is patient and kind to the recipient; Love bears and endures all things from the recipient. It’s always about the needs of the recipient.
Observe that God, who is the proponent of this Love, expressed this: “For God so loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16. God gave His life to express the God-kind of Love. God gave up everything He has; He did not receive as an act of love, He gave. Love gives.
Another interesting feature of this God-kind of love is this: “…doesn’t keep score of the sins of others…” 1 Corinthians 13:5 [MSG]. Love doesn’t hold your faults or your sins against you; it doesn’t keep score to remind you on certain days, “Hey remember when you messed up?” No way. Love treats your sins as a new day: fresh with a clean start. God doesn’t hold your sins against you. He hasn’t kept record of them waiting for when He’ll remind you of what you did. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
In that same vein, the God-kind of Love forgives; not only does it forgive, it doesn’t necessarily require remorse or admittance of guilt to be given. A person doesn’t have to admit they were wrong before forgiveness is administered.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
You see, even when we were sinners and unrepentant, Christ died for us and forgave all our sins. He offered us Eternal Life even while we were unrepentant. Love forgives irrespective of the recipient.
Love, “Isn’t always ‘Me first,’” (1 Corinthians 13:5 [MSG]). In other words, the God-kind of Love isn’t self-seeking, it finds satisfaction in putting the needs of others first.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4.
If Love wasn’t less interested in its needs, it wouldn’t be able to give or forgive and would definitely keep record of wrongs. Look through 1 Corinthians 13 and you’d see a glimpse of the Love that God has for you. God never gives up on you; He cares more for you than Himself; He doesn’t force Himself on you; He doesn’t keep score of your sins; He always looks for the best in you. That is how much God loves you.
If He had a chance to die on the cross again; if He had to go through it all over again, He would change nothing because His love for you is everlasting, never ending; it’s characteristics wonderful, its potency eternal. His love for you is stronger than death and better than life. Nothing can separate you from God’s love for you; death cannot, sin cannot, life cannot, angels cannot; nothing can separate you from His Love. Rest assured in this: He loves you and will never let you go.