I hope everyone is having a great Valentine’s week. I think everyone wants to be loved and to love someone. As we celebrate our love this Valentine’s week, I would like to talk a little about love.
The first love we experience is with our mother. Even in the womb, we feel the love our mother has for us. This is an unfailing love that will bond us together as long as we live.
As time goes on, we meet that special person and fall in love. The one you want to spend the rest of your life with. You marry and build your life together. You work together to reach all of your goals. This is a different type of love than we have with our mother. It’s not a natural love, but a learn love. You have to find it and then it takes work to keep it.
The next thing you know, a baby blesses your family. Even with the troubles and trials of this world, the bond of love between family members remains very strong. We stick by each other in tough times, celebrate in good times, and cry in sad times, and we still love each other.
What does the bible say about Love? In 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 we find this, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (NKJV)
Also in 1 John 4:9-11 says, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
There are four unique forms of love found in Scriptures. They are communicated through four Greek words (Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape) and are characterized by romantic love, family love, brotherly love, and God’s divine love. Let’s look at these.
1 – Starting with Eros, we must note that the term doesn’t show up in Scripture. And yet, ἔρως (romantic, sexual love) is a good gift of God to human beings.
2 – Next Storge, – Στοργή is familial affection, the kind that comes from kinship or close contact. It can be felt for a pet as much as for a family member or regular acquaintance.
3 – Philia, – Φιλία is the love of friendship, often called brotherly love.
4 – Agape – Ἀγάπη in the New Testament, the fatherly love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God. This is God’s steadfast, covenantal care for his people.
Most of us have heard the term “Agape.” This is the love God has for us, His children. It’s kinda like the love of a mother for her child. Never ending, always there, and willing to die for.
That’s exactly what God’s love did. A little over 2,000 years ago, God loved us so much He sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for or sins. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. We all are familiar with this verse. But have you really thought about it? Put yourself in God’s shoes for a second. Would you give up your only child to suffer and die? Wow… That’s Love!
So… here’s my Question to you, have you felt or know God’s love? Do you have a relationship with Him? Have you lost fellowship? If you never had a relationship with Jesus, or maybe you have lost your fellowship with Him. It’s time to get or renew that relationship. There’s no better time than the present. Remember the next breath you take may be your last one. None of us is guaranteed another second on this earth.
Please just take a moment now, dedicate yourself to Christ Our Savior. All you need to do is ask the Lord to come into your life. Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and rose again. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I pray that God will truly Help and Bless you. If you would like for me to pray with you, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentPromises.com.
May God Bless and Keep!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place where we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16