Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. (3 John 1:5-6 NRSV)
A parent loves his or her children, but expects in return respect and companionship. A husband loves his wife. He expects in return her fidelity, her emotional support, her physical intimacy. When Christ loves, when God loves, however, He loves without condition. That is what agape love is all about. John 3:16 sums it up as well as it can be summed up: GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD... Can you think of anything this world is hungrier for than love?
A lonely man once programmed his computer to write him love letters daily. He built a voice system that would speak lovingly to him, but he remained lonely. Manufactured, controlled love isn't love at all.
Yet that's the only love that many people ever experience. We all need to be in a loving Christian church where we experience God's Agape love.
Dear God, help me to be a better church member in sharing your agape love. In Jesus' name, Amen.