The Facets of Love

The Facets of Love

Love is more than our minds perceive. Here are some definitions of Biblical Love.
Agape: In the New Testament, agapē is charitable, selfless, altruistic, and unconditional. It is parental love, seen as creating goodness in the world; it is the way God is seen to love humanity, and it is seen as the kind of love that Christians aspire to have for one another.
Phileo: Also used in the New Testament, phileo is a human response to something that is found to be delightful. Also known as “brotherly love.”

In Hebrew, Ahava is the most commonly used term for both interpersonal love and love between God and God’s creations. Chesed, often translated as loving-kindness, is used to describe many forms of love between human beings.

So, we see here that there is more to love than the ” feeling” God says in Corinthians 13:13~~ And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

God is Love, Christ was a manifestation of his love. Because God is Love, Love is what covers all things, Love is what binds us together as a people. Love does not see color, race, religion etc. When God sees us he sees himself, who we are made in the image of. So who is he? What does HE embody : self control, patients, joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness. He also calls us the bear these fruits to show our Love for him. Can we apply these tangible manifestations of Love in our lives. This would encompass the love for our children, the love of our neighbors, our spouses. It would truly work out all things in our lives.

Let’s see Love for all that it is, more than just a “Feeling” and make it our commitment. Resist the sinful temptations that only serves to indulge the “feeling” and not what God intended it to be.

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