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Agape Love

The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed some unusual buildings. On a university campus in Florida stands a library designed by Wright with an extremely low ceiling, so low that if you are six feet tall and not careful, you keep bumping your head. A man who was having this trouble asked why Frank Lloyd Wright had designed such a building. "This was a characteristic of his architecture because he hated tall people," A teacher explained. How typical this is. You try to cut the other fellow down to your size. You make him fit into your mold. Husbands and wives, parents and children and friends, remaking each other. This is the kind of love we express by taking the other and using him and carving him and shaping him into what we think he ought to be. But this is not the kind of love which the New Testament calls agape love: The unconditional love that is for the other, the love that affirms the life of the other, the love that rejoices in the difference in the other. Aging