Love – What’s it All About

In the original Greek, the word translated love can be any of the following (Source: Wikipedia):

  • Agape love is Christian love – the love that encourages us to reach out to each other.
  • Eros is the desire, attraction between men and women.
  • Philia is friendship.  Pure and simple.
  • Storge is the love between a parent and a child.

All love fits into one of these categories.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about love lately.  Why are Christians branded as hatemongers?  Why does the world think Christians hate other people?  Why is it that we, as Christians, are viewed by the world as a bunch of bible-thumping, rule-pounding hypocrites?

1 John addresses Christian love.  He puts it very simply:  If we do not love, we are not of the Lord (1 John 3:10).  We are to love our brethren in the Lord.  We are to love the rest of the people in the world as well.  For some reason, many of us have lost sight of that fact.

We, as a body, have forgotten how to love.  Some want to abide by the rules under the auspices of the first Great Commandment, loving God.  Others want to open their arms to everybody under the second Great Commandment, loving each other.  In both cases, we lose sight of Christ altogether.

Love God with everything you are (my paraphrase of Deuteronomy 6:5).  Love your neighbor just like you love yourself (again, my paraphrase of Leviticus 19:18).  Jesus said these are the greatest commandments.  “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Join me as I dive deeper in love.

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