The great mystery of mysteries is Agape. As you are giving, you will get. This Truth surrounds us if you just try it. Philia love (friendship love) can lead to eros, and eros love is beautiful and to be celebrated and can be a stepping stone to Agape Love, the unselfish love. Vice versa…eros love is really blessed as the Agape relationship matures. But nothing is greater than Sacrificial Love that builds up in the heart to become a powerful, influential, magnetic force—leaving you with so many friends and so much Love that surrounds and encompasses you. Sacrificial Love gives back until your cup is overflowing—deep, peaceful, selfless Agape Love that is so profound. It is a lasting, self-sacrificing, supreme Love. There is no way that we have gone as far as Jesus Christ in this Love.
Yes, the glee of grabbing for self is but a moment…and then it is followed by deep emptiness. But the love of giving for the sake of our dearest, giving, long-suffering, ever-loving, sleepless-nights Jesus Christ—who has poured out all the love and the gifts—is exhilarating and there is no greater venture and outlay. It is the investment of all investments in the world. God gave His Son, The Son gave his life, we give our life for the next generation. You know you have understood the miraculous wonder of Agape sacrifice when you no longer fear death. To reach your last day on Earth, the end of your life, and to know that life will be on the other side of death cannot happen unless you live it daily in small deaths—time, money, love, strength—to give it all. You get back, so faith in Sacrificial Love grows. Agape Love for the Church, the community of Saints, is a joy that lasts forever, welling up in your heart, bringing tears to your eyes and taking you to a higher place with a greater joy and the Love of Christ—the love of his sacrifice. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11
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