Agape (a-ga-pay) is the word God used to describe His love for us in giving His son Jesus Christ to die as the substitutionary payment for our sins (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:4). His love is self-determined, forgiving, unconditional and self sacrificial. His acts of love are not dependent upon subjective feelings and emotions or determined by the recipient’s worthiness. This is demonstrated by Christ’s giving of Himself for His enemies—mankind, described as ungodly sinners, undeserving and completely without spiritual strength or ability to satisfy God’s righteous judgment of sin (Rom. 5:6-10; 3:9-20).
This attitude and agreement with God concerning our lost condition is a requirement for salvation which Paul declared as “repentance toward God” (Acts 20:21; 17:30). This repentance is coupled with and is part of “belief” or saving faith in Christ. To “trust in Christ” for salvation is to rest our confidence fully in Him and what He accomplished for us on the cross, apart from any merit or goodness of our own (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 4:4-5; Eph. 2:8-9). Have you receive the love of God and His gift of salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ by faith alone? “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9)".