Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: May 29, 2016

“I, God, love the Israelite people, even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy” (Hosea 3:1 The Message).  This is the love described in John 3:16.  Hasaq is replaced with the Greek term agape, but the meaning is equally powerful.  “God so [agapao] the world….”

Agape love.  Less an affection, more a decision; less a feeling, more an action.  As one linguist describes, “[Agape love is] an exercise of Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself.”  Stated more simply: junkyard wrecks and showroom models share equal space in God’s garage.

Max Lucado


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