“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them”
1 John 4:16
Agape is a Greco – Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. The word is not to be confused with philia, brotherly love, as it embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends and persists regardless of circumstance. (Wikipedia)
The word agape is used 106 Times throughout the New Testament describing Gods Passionate – pure, selfless, sacrificial and unconditional love for you and me. Love for you and me.
This is also probably why 1 Corinthians 13 describes love (and by extension God, the Father), and why the presence of God (who is love) naturally expresses itself in “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self – control.” (Galatians 5:22 – 23)
‘Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self – seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres’. 1 Corinthians 13
But heavens ‘agape’ is unfathomably, immeasurably, inexpressibly more. We know it instinctively, deep within the soul, and so; “we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).”– (crosswalk.com)
As a deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, so my soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and see the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, “where is your God?”
Psalm 42:1 – 3 (AMP)
“It is easy to be distracted or to become bogged down in the details – but the details are not as important as our hearts desire for God. He does not savour heartless activity, or dull dispassionate religious routines performed day after day. He desires to speak to you and I as one would speak to a friend.
While writing Psalm 42, David’s hunger and thirst for God was greater than his natural desire for food. As a result he could cry out from the depths of his spirit to the depths of God, even in the midst of his trial.
Psalm 42:7 – deep calls unto deep
The impassioned plea of David, expresses his desire for a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord.” (J Franklin: Fasting)