The reason why we are to live in this world is because we are here to love our God and his people, who are brothers and sisters in Christ. When we read the bible carefully, we find that the main theme is love. The bible contains the love of God and explains how God’s love has permeated to his people. The main theme of Christianity is also love. We are taught how God has loved us and how his believers are commanded to share God’s love with others.
Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “faith, hope and love… the greatest of these is love(NIV).” As you know, Paul was one of the great disciples and evangelists in the bible. He clearly says that love is the greatest commandment. 2000 years later we still need to recognize and understand God’s love, because it can change everything.
1.God’s love is Agape
In John 21:15 and 16, Jesus said, “do you truly love me?” The word used Agape (αγάπη) in Greek. This word is known as a godly love. It is unconditional love. God gave everything to his people without conditions. God gave his love free of charge. Agape is also sacrificial love. He sent his son Jesus to be sacrificed for his people.
Peter said to Jesus, “you know that I love you.” Peter used Philo(φιλῶ), the Greek word for love. In the third question, Jesus also used the word, Philo. The word means human love, known as conditional love. It is normally used between human beings. Human beings want something back for their deeds. I wonder is it possible for us to give godly love Agape to others?
2. Feed my sheep (looking after believers of Christ)
Jesus said, “feed my sheep.” Jesus told Peter that disciples of Christ were to look after believers of Christ. Looking after others is as one of the significant ministries for believers of God.
3. Follow me (Jesus)
Learn from the people of Israel. God gave everything to them and commanded them to obey him and follow his commandment. However, they did not depend upon God and did not follow him. The result was that they lost their track. They became failures. They had no idea of what to do and where to go. Following Jesus means we are to obey God and follow all of his laws and commandments in the bible. Otherwise, we might be going astray and be a failure in this world. In our daily lives, we are to give everything to God.