The Agape Love

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The word agape can be defined as the unconditional love of God or Christ for humankind. This was the first word that came to mind once I read the poem. It reminded me of going to church on Sundays; I go faithfully and wonder sometimes why God did for not only me but everyone here on earth. If that is not agape love, I don’t know what is! We are currently in a sin cursed world, where every time you turn around someone is doing some kind of evil. However, regardless of the harshness of the sin that is committed, we know that without a shadow of a doubt, God will forgive us for each and everyone of them. Even though I am a firm believer of the Divine Creator and his agape love, I sometimes wish that I could find some of what is so attractively described in its verses of the poem. The poem is a beautiful, intimate demonstration of the unconditional love bestowed upon a sincere regretful sinner.

In the poem George Herbert uses allegory by transforming the characteristic of love into a person. Over the course of the poem, love becomes equated with the Divine Creator and the Lord Jesus. It seems that Christ is calling a sinner to come and experience his agape love. Regardless of the type of person you are or the things that you have done, he accepts you for you. The feeling that I get from this poem is that a sinner receives the ultimate gift which is salvation. One verse that really stands out to me is: “I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear, I cannot look on thee”, displays complete humility. Even the strong Christians that are pure of heart feel unworthy to look onto the face of God! The sinner feels somewhat unworthy to be loved because of all the sins he/she committed. The sinner says that he/she is unkind and ungrateful and cannot look at Love. Love then took the hand of the sinner and said “Who made the eyes but I?” The words self acceptance comes to mind, accepting that there is someone out there that will love you regardless The sinner came to realize that...
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