A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Love is such a big deal in our world today. Many talk about it but very few understand it. And at such a time as this, the Valentine season, when the world celebrates its concocted version of love, its key we remind ourselves what true love really is!
You see when the New Testament was being written, there were four words used in the Greek to describe love.
The one that best describes the love celebrated at valentine is called ‘Eros’ from which we get the word Erotic. It referred to carnal, sensual impulses used to satisfy the cravings of the flesh, particularly sexual cravings. It’s associated with the Greek word, erao which means to ask or demand. As such it’s a love that’s focused on getting, asking and demanding. It’s not a giving love. Interestingly this word is never used in the Bible, not even when sex in marriage was discussed.
Yet generally this is what is celebrated at Valentine for the most part.
The other words translated Love are stergo, phileo and agape. Agape is the ultimate love. The very kind of love that God is, has, and communicates to us. This is the highest love gets. It can be no better than this.
The word is so difficult to explain that theologians for centuries have been trying to find the best words to describe it.
One writer said,
“Agape occurs when an individual sees, recognizes, understands, or appreciates the value of an object or a person, causing the viewer to behold this object or person in great esteem, awe, admiration, wonder, and sincere appreciation. Such great respect is awakened in the heart of the observer for the object or person he is beholding that he is compelled to love it. In fact, his love for that person or object is so strong that it is irresistible.”
This is the love that Jesus described in our text. Now so you’d understand how powerful this is, note that he says the greatest love humans can express is for a man to die for his friends. It can’t get better than that. But Gods love did more than that. See what Paul said about it in Romans 5:8;
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Oh what love! He died for us while we were yet sinners, enemies of God.
This is the love of God. An unconditional, irresistible, giving love!
This is the love to celebrate. This is the love to share;
To celebrate, because the wonder of it is absolutely beyond reason.
To share because God has shed that love abroad in our hearts and we have the capacity to dispense it!
I am full of the love of God. A love so unwavering that it compels me to give. My heart is full of the love of God, and i communicate and show this love to everyone i come in contact with. Thank you Father for the love of God that is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost, it is overflowing, touching the heart and souls of men, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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