Is love your motivation as you move forward? Is love your motivation for the words you speak? Is love your motivation for how you act? Is love your motivation for how you think? Is love your motivation for how you speak? Are you taking hold of the truth and speaking it and respond in love? Are you taking hold of the reality that the truth will set you free?
Ever asked what love it? Ever asked what types of loves there are? Ever decided that you would live your life walking in the way of love?
What is love?
Going to 1 Corinthians 13 we find that love is defined as follows:
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘— 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We also find in Galatians 5 that love is the way to fulfill the law:
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”— Galatians 5:14
Types of love in the Greek language: Agape (unconditional love), Phileo (brotherly love), Storge (familial love), Eros (romantic/sexual love).
Agape love is the highest level of love referenced in the Bible. This form of love is everlasting and sacrificial, whether or not the giver receives the same level of love in return. In the original Greek translation of the Scriptural passage “God is love,” the word agape was specifically used to identify the type of love God embodies (1 John 4:8).— THE FOUR TYPES OF LOVE IN SCRIPTURE AND HOW TO EXPERIENCE THEM TODAY
- brotherly love and is most often exhibited in a close friendship
- display this generous and affectionate love for each other as each seeks to make the other happy
- Since phileo love involves feelings of warmth and affection toward another person, we do not have phileo love toward our enemies
- phileo love is to see it as storge love (the love between family) applied to non-family members (the love between friends)
- implies a strong emotional connection, and thus is used of the “love,” or deep friendship, between friends
In John 21:15 we can compare and contrast Jesus asking if Peter Agape loves him and Peter responding to Jesus that yes he Phileo loves him. With the English language overloading and over usage of the word love, it can make understanding what is being said confusing. Do you love ice cream or do you like ice cream?
- relates to natural, familial love such as the love between a parent and child
- In the New Testament, the negative form of storge is used twice. Astorgos means “devoid of natural or instinctive affection, without affection to kindred.” Romans 1:31, 2 Timothy 3:3
- family love, the bond among mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, and brothers.
- cherishing one’s kindred, especially parents or children; the mutual love of parents and children and wives and husbands; loving affection; prone to love; loving tenderly; chiefly of the reciprocal tenderness of parents and children.
The only place this word is almost used in scripture is when it combined with philos in Romans 12:10.
- refers to romantic or sexual love, and is the root of the English word erotic. Eros or sexual love in and of itself is not impure, but is a gift from God to married couples so that they may express their love with one another and continue the human race.
- While the word eros doesn’t appear in Scripture, the Song of Solomon was written to commend the virtues of passionate (or eros) love shared between a husband and wife.
- Practiced without restraint this kind of love can become sin which gets called out in 1 Corinthians 6:18 and Galatians 5:19.
We see the theme of this kind of love as mentioned above in Song of Solomon 1:1-2.
So let us look to live out our lives in Agape and Phileo love. Let’s live out our lives with the kind of love that will fulfill the law! Invite Jesus into your heart and be transformed!
The 49 week challenge – Day 251
The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.
How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?
Today’s reading from
GOD’S WORD – THE BIBLE
comes to us from:
- Love as children of God
- there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people
- Let’s look to the light and not live in darkness
- Let’s not be foolish
- Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ
- Let’s raise the bar rather than trying to be average and follow Jesus and live to the higher calling
- Let’s live our lives to please God rather than trying to please man
- Will you live in order to bring the presence of God to the people?
- Will you choose to live in the presence of God in order that you can live under his blessing?
- Will you seek wisdom from God?
- Will you receive Jesus in order to be found clean before the Lord?
- Let’s not judge and especially not unevenly
As day 251 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
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