The picture you see was taken by Victoria. It was a cold, early spring day in Door County, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The dog is Molly’s predecessor – Nellie. She lived with us for seventeen years.
Now about how I discovered God’s Love.
About twenty years ago, my friend and I were discussing Christian love and how it fit in with the biblical Greek word agape. That got me to thinking.
I looked up love in “Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible.” On page 622, I found that God uses the word agape (love) over 260 times in the New Testament. It led me to believe that agape is one of God’s very important words.
Yes, I did look up each and every agape passage. I noticed a pattern. The Holy Spirit used agape exclusively when speaking about love, to explain who God is, what He did and does for us. Most importantly, I was struck by Romans 5:5. It says that the Holy Spirit poured God’s Agape Love into my heart. It led me to ask, “Is my love more than a feeling?”
The answer is that love is a quality I have as a gift from God, much like I have the gift of reasoning or a soul. It is something I can’t understand, just like I can’t understand God as Triune. I know that love a part of me because I feel love.
“Agape, A Scholarly Study” tells the story of my discovery in chapter 1, “A Starting Point for the New Theology of Agape.”
That was how I discovered that God’s Love is in me. My life has been changed ever since.