Transformation 5 Jesus loves us not because we are special or we have done something good but because He is love. This is why He made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up everything – all His glory, His life – to serve us. The Greek word for this sacrificial love is the Agape love. It devotes total commitment to seek the highest best no matter how anyone may respond. God does not expect anything in return from us – He loves us whether we mess up or not, serve Him or not, worship Him or not. This kind of love is a giving love – it gives without taking. Its the kind of love that shows itself in action. Agape love has the good of the other at heart. It has a pure motivation to alleviate the suffering of others. Its suffering love, love that requires involvement in the problems of this cruel world, love that bears with the failings and weaknesses of others, love that is committed to helping others regardless of the cost. God has loved and accepted us because we are His children. He calls us His own. This one may be hard to get your mind around, but its true, God loves us with the same kind of love that He has towards Jesus Himself. en the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:23b). Jesus said that the greatest love a man can show for his friends is when he lays down his life for them John 1513. He laid his life down for us and thats how valuable we are to God. As a matter of fact, if we do not
Transformation 6 realize who we are and the love of God towards us, we will not be filled with the fullness of God. We will lack his fullness in our lives until we come to know his deep love for us. Knowing the love of Christ towards us will enable us to act a lot more different than we do. We fail for lack of knowledge. Many of us have been deceived into believing that God loves us for our works and so to gain His love or to be loved more, we concentrate on the works. Yet we forget that even before we came to Christ, He still loved us. We are already loved and accepted and we ought to love God as He has loved us. When we love God unconditionally, we serve Him out of love. True service to God and humanity must be borne out of love. God comes first and so our love for Him must be a priority. Understanding who we are in Christ and His love for us will help us do with religion and perfection even as we serve Him. It will also keep us grounded no matter what happens. This life can throw anything our way and when this happens, we are bound to doubt God and His love for us, but when we are secure in Christ and have been made perfect in His love, nothing will prevail against us. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12).