Of the words used for “love” in the Bible, “agape” or “agapao” may be the most well-known. It is often used to describe a person’s priorities in life. The thing or person you love (agapao) is the one who is most important to you. Even significant sacrifices seem minor when you are maintaining your prioritized relationship. John 3:16 and 19 provide a good foundation for understanding this concept:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Each person needs to consider what they love with their life. While God loved (agapao) the world so much that He gave His Son to save us, the majority of humankind did not love (agapao) God; instead, they prioritized their wickedness. They loved (agapao) the darkness.
Consider these statements Jesus made on the night He was betrayed, from John 14:
“If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)
When we love (agapao) Jesus, we do as He has commanded. And as we continue keeping His commandments, the Father will love (agapao) us. If you are living in submission to the commands delivered by God in the New Testament, God is prioritizing you. He will fulfill all His promises toward you and will bring you home with Him in eternity. Love God.