|God's Love is Unconditional|
Sunday, February 3, 2013
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
, 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. Corinth
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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