What is the difference between love and love?
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Monday Morning Devotional: July 25, 2022
Happy Monday, Men!
Can I ask you a question? What is the difference between love and love? That’s not a typo. If you had to answer what would you say? Maybe you’d say, “Scott, it’s the same word!” Or maybe you’d go on some Greek discussion about the difference between agape and philo love. But watch what happens when we add a qualifier. What’s the difference between Conditional Love and Covenantal Love?
There it is! There are a lot of different kinds of relationships in this world but the most important is covenantal love. You see, we often think of God’s love as conditional. “If you do x,y, and z, then I’ll love you.” And honestly, how many times is our love the same, “God, if you do x,y, and z, then I’ll love you.” But that is not the Gospel. That is not the love of God that we see portrayed in scripture.
What about with your spouse or your kids? What about with your brothers in Christ? Do you find your love to be conditional where they have to keep working for your love or vice versa? Or is it a covenantal love?
The love of God is a covenant love. Covenant love says, “I am committed to our relationship and our unity regardless of the circumstances.” It is a self-sacrificing Christ-based love. Jesus said in John 15:12-13, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Because of Jesus’ ministry and work on the cross, we now have a covenant love between us and the Father. And out of that relationship, we too get to experience covenant relationships with one another.
As you enter this week, think about your relationships with your spouse, your kids, your brothers in Christ, and your relationship with God. Is there a relationship that should be covenantal but has turned conditional? If so, what steps can you take this week to return to that covenant love?
Love you guys more than you know!
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