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Fear is the opposite of love. Perfect love casts out fear. God is love. Faith is the supernatural trust of God that comes from God to us when we hear God's voice with our wills set to submit to Him and obey Him. Faith is the door to God's love.

You Need Love If You Want Fulfillment, But What Is It Really?

When John, the apostle wrote, God is love, he used the word, Agape.  Agape Love is the love that God is.  There is also a selfishness that some people call love, which is eros.  This is a love that takes what does not belong to it, it is selfish.  From eros, we get the word, erotic.  There is a brotherly love, philadelphia, which is simply a meeting of two who have common interests, career, etc.  It is something that God designed and built into creation, and there is value in it.  Then, there is natural affection.  The Bible doesn't use the word, natural affection, but it does use a word that means the lack of natural affection.  Natural affection is something that God designed and built into human beings.  It makes even unbelievers love their own families and feel sorry for someone who is going through problems.  It is purely natural, and a good thing that God built into every person.  When wickedness gets too great, even natural affection fails.

For us, as Christians, we are concerned with agape (noun) love or agapao (verb) love.  This is the kind of love that is righteousness and holiness/sanctification.  This is God's good news about righteousness and holiness: they are free gifts to us from God. (Romans 5:17)  Love fulfills all the commandments. (Romans 13:8-10)  Sin is a lack of Agape Love.  We were created to flow in the power of this Love that is God--His Spirit flowing through us continually.  This is the only place of fulfillment.  The Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts (minds) by the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:5)  But how?
The Love of God is shed abroad by grace and grace is accessed through faith.  That's what "by grace through faith" means.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  That needs some explanation.
John 14:21 He who has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves Me: and he who loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.
Romans 13:8-10 Owe no one anything, but to love one another: for whoever loves another has fulfilled the law. For this: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet--and if there is any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this utterance, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
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