1 John 4:7&8 New International Version (NIV)
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
February is the MONTH of love. We celebrate romantic love on Valentine’s Day. We talk about love in so many different ways. We say, we love our spouse and children. We say we love a particular kind of music or TV show. We say, we love a color or a particular vacation spot or type of food. Is all “love” the same?
The ancient Greeks used 4 different terms for love to clarify what they were feeling or the kind of love they were showing. This helps us understand the different kinds of love. These ideas and definitions are referenced from Roman Krznaric’s new book, How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.
EROS. The first kind of love was eros, named after the Greek god of fertility, and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire.
PHILIA. The second variety of love was philia or friendship. It was about showing loyalty to your friends and sacrificing for them,
AGAPE. The third variety love, and perhaps the most radical, was agape or selfless love. This was a love that you extended to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. Agape was later translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of our word "charity."
STORGE. The natural affection that flows from family (kinship) and familiarity, as parents have for children and children for parents.
LUDUS. Is a Latin term for playful love. This was the Latin idea of playful love, which referred to the affection between children or laughing with friends.
PRAGMA: Another Greek idea about an action based on love. It is an example of love in action. It demonstrates the action of mature love. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance.
In our English language, we have many terms that refer to love and affection. We use terms like affection, passion, lust, attraction, like etc.
“Love can be known only from the actions it prompts”. (W E Vine) As believers we focus on the Greek term of Agape. This is the term found in John 3:16. It speaks of the action of God, showing His love for humanity, by sending His only son to die on the cross. Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins. All humans can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life if they believe and receive Jesus as their Lord and savior. This demonstrates God’s love in action for all people.
As Believers, we also have a responsibility to let our love be known by our actions. I John 4:7 & 8 uses this same Greek word for love and targets how we relate to other people around us. We are to love all. What a challenge.
As we continue to grow in our own individual spiritual lives, our church will grow spiritually. Our actions of love will increase and will be seen by our community. We will be a community of faith that demonstrates love to all.
I trust you will continue to walk with our Lord and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. May you feel the Love of God today and every day.
Walking together in Love,
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Our Sunday Service will be broadcast on Winchendon Public Access Cable TV Channel 8 Friday 9:00 - 10:30 AM and Saturday 7:00 - 8:30 AM
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