Sunday, February 3, 2013

LOVE IS

God's Love is Unconditional
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LOVE IS - - -  I Corinthians 13:1-13

As Pastor Jerry read from the scriptures, I took notes and gleaned from his sermon.

It is a fact that there were times when the followers of Jesus did not get along.  Sad to say, there were quarrels, selfishness and a lack of consideration for others. 

Of course things like that do not occur in our church, only in the Bible. 

Paul wrote a letter to those in Corinth, and the chapters that precede the love chapter warned the brethren about their loose sexual and moral values, marital problems, brothers taking other brothers to court, and quarrels about the Lord’s Supper.  He challenged them to SHOW love by their deeds.

Paul confronted the Christians to pursue "Love in Action" and not just in words.  True love is challenging and a giving of one’s self.  Showing respect for one another and not always insisting on having our own way.  True love gives us ethics, character and a way of life..

There are five Greek words that reveal shaded meanings for the word LOVE. 

Mania – Manic love is almost not a love at all. The word “lust” is probably not strong enough – “obsession” is closer to the word. This is the love of possession.

Eros – Eros is obviously the root word for “erotic,” but it does not describe sexual love only, it actually describes all emotional love; the feeling of love is that insatiable desire to be near the target of this love.

Philos – Philos love, or brotherly/friendship love.  Philos describes the love between two people who have common interests and experiences, or a fondness for something

Storgy – Storgy is the love one has for a dependent. It is commonly called “motherly love.”

Agapeo – Agape love is the final of the five loves we look at here. Agape love is entirely about the lover, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the one loved.  Agape love, in its purest form, requires no payment or favor in response.

We show love by our deeds as we spring into action when there are disasters, we give and send and some go.

We sponsor a child to Christian camp, and sponsor missionaries.  We give and send.

We are to love, not just once, but a continuing love. 

We are told to love when no one else is watching and especially when no one is looking.


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5 comments:

  1. That is true love isn't it? When no one is looking or knowing.
    may we always agape the world... Nice one, Hazel...

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  2. "We are to love, not just once, but a continuing love."

    That can be the hard part. Sometimes it's easy to do a one-act of love, but showing love over and over is our call. Great post, Hazel.

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  3. Reminds me of a book I read back in the 90's. I forgot the name of it, but it was about the 5 love languages. It broke them down and showed how Agape love is God's love for us. It was a great book. I need to look it up and re-read it.

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  4. It's sad how most of us can talk about love, but don't put it into action as much as we should. :) Thanks for this reflection and reminder.

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  5. I want to grow in Agape love. His love is the example and we only love because he first loved us. Thanks for this info on the different kinds of love.
    Blessings.

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