Webster defines “agape” as being in a state of wonder. I often felt the meaning was to “love as Jesus loved,” it also involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
A friend of mine, Unitarian minister, theologian and scholar and I, agree completely in this type of love. It has little to do with “Christianity, the Christian church, a specific religion or belief,” and everything to do with loving as in caring for others without judgement. WITHOUT JUDGMENT. Can we do that? What are the bylaws of our various religions? Some say; well not the gay people, or not the terrorists, not the people that are different from us. I say ALL PEOPLE. We need to love and care for ALL PEOPLE.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds….
1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.