Agape love is a term referring to “love”, Agape love is the highest form of love as it embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends and persists regardless of circumstance.
Do you remember what it was like to be a child?
Do you remember being loved or in need of it?
When it comes to children this type of love must be in daily practice. Agape is total love, the love that a child needs in order to grow healthy, This kind of love is giving, even if you get nothing in return. It helps children become better, more mature, more godly.
Agape love gives a child a sense of self-worth
All children have the need to feel accepted. When we nurture our child’s feelings of self-worth,
we create a sense of pride. There is an atmosphere of belonging so that the child does not feel
the necessity to find acceptance elsewhere. We want our sons and daughters to know that we
love them for who they are and that each child possesses a unique gift given by God. For each
child the gift is different. It can be brains, personality, sports, art, baking, music, friendship,
even the ability to care for a baby. Our role as parents is to help the child discover the magic
within instead of focusing on the perceived gifts that others possess.
Agape love teaches your child sensitivity towards others
Children notice if their words bring a smile or a tear. They recognize from early on if they’ve
brought pleasure or pain. We cannot afford to shy away from allowing them to confront their
behavior and deal with poor decisions that they’ve made. As parents, we must replace angry
reactions with firm but loving discipline. We cannot expect to raise sensitive children if we,
ourselves, are insensitive to our children’s needs. Agape love teaches us by children being
sensitive to their peers, children will build a certain level of respect for one another.
Agape love is selflessness
Agape love is not based on any circumstances or feelings. It is unconditional love, acted upon
everyday, with no expectation of love in return. Love in action. When you as the parent
continuously show this type of love to your child, in return your child will give it back to you
because you led by example. This kind of love requires sacrifice, whether it is the laying aside
of feelings or even a life to show that love. Depending on your faith you can compare it to the
ultimate example of what Agape love is. When you selflessly love your child, you accept your
child's flaws and shortcomings more readily. Agape love accepts that ups and downs are a
part of the journey and that the downs are better off when love is there, anyway.