Life Notes Do We Matter to God? 1 John 4:9

Nearing death, Jesus looked at His mother and gave her care to the man that stood at her side. Who would you give the responsibility of caring for your mother when you faced death? That person would be someone you loved and someone who loved you. Jesus told Mary, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to John, “Behold, your mother!” John 19:26-27

John, who felt the warmth of the love of Jesus, brings us the beautiful message of God’s love. The Holy Spirit moved John to tell us the love story of all love stories. It goes this way. “ In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 John’s truth of the love of God is given to us and we revel in its truth that exclaims we matter to God.

Question: The Greek language has four words for love with distinct meanings. The Greek words used for love are agape, eros, phila and storge. Which of these words is best used for the unconditional love of God?

Answer: The Greek word for the unconditional love of God is agape. It is used to refer to a general affection and a sense of “true love.” Eros is passionate love, philia is friendship as in “brotherly love,” and storge which means natural or family love.