Impersonal Love (Biblical Love)
Impersonal love is a love based on the characteristics of the one giving the love and not that of the one receiving the love.
In the statement “I love you” The subject “I” would be emphasized in this love relationship.
Impersonal love has no basis on merits of the receiver and ultimately is not influenced by the actions of the receiver.
This is the foundation of all love, and is what is taught in scripture. Thus the term “impersonal” denotes a love based on no personal circumstances of the object being loved.
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 13:34-35 )A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
(1 John 4:7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.
Personal love is a love that emphasizes the object being loved, In the statement, “I LOVE YOU” it would emphasize the “YOU”
This means the love for the object is based on some intimacy, relationship or act on part of the person being loved
This type of love is thus conditional, and does not present to us the type of love we as believers are to share for others
Personal love is a love that goes beyond just character, but is based on also close ties and relation ship. Which is circumstantial.
When properly applied this type of love is built upon the foundation of impersonal love, and this strengthens the love that one can share from another.
In the scripture when God is the subject and believers are the object the term (phileo) which denotes a personal friendship is used to describe the love relationship.
The most powerful fruit of the spirit of God is love, because on the act of love is where God established his kingdom. For him to come down to Earth as a man to die for the evilness and sins of man is the ultimate portrayal of impersonal Love.
As true ambassadors of Christ we must show through our lives and actions the truth of a Godly biblical love, not love like the world calls it but the love which God has put into our hearts.
Our love shouldn’t be emotionally charged, but be a biblical impersonal love as the foundation. Through God’s word we are reminded that his actions for mankind were done because he loved us, not in our perfect state, but in our sinful, arrogant, rebellious state, and at the perfect time revealed himself to us, allowing us to have eternal life.
We must press on to attaining all the spiritual gifts but most of all we MUST attain LOVE.