Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!
John 3:16 is arguably the most well known verse of the Bible in our modern society.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It concisely sums up God’s love for us, his creation, by telling us that God the Father sacrificed God the Son (Jesus Christ) for our salvation. When we think about the love for our child(ren), it is unimaginable to think of sacrificing them for another, yet that is exactly what God did. Christ suffered false accusations, torture, and pain because of His love for each and every one of us. It is truly unimaginable. This is agape at its core, unconditional and unfailing love.
What a tall task it is to be called to have agape love for one another, but as Christians or “other Christs,” that is exactly what we have been called to do. We are called to love unconditionally whether it be our children, our friends, or even our enemies as we are told in the Gospel of Luke 6: 27-28.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Recently, in middle school religion classes, we have discussed how our “actions speak louder than words,” which is fitting when thinking about agape love. It is not enough to say the words. We have to live them out through our conduct and our daily interactions with all that we encounter. We make up the Body of Christ and we are called to show the world His love. I pray that we all continually strive towards this ideal and that through God’s great mercy we are given the strength to succeed!