February 2016

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February 2016

The month of February is best known for one particular date, February 14, which has been designated as Valentine’s Day.  This day promotes  “LOVE,” with a special emphasis on romance.

The Greek language is so much more complete than the English language.  Here are some main Greek words for “love” (with their English transliterations), and their basic meanings:

  • “eros” – romantic, sensual, sexual love

  • “phileo” – familial, brotherly love; friendship love

  • “agape” – unconditional, self-sacrificing love. This is often described by Christians as the kind of love that God has for all people.

  • “storge” – a love of natural affection or natural obligation

In English the word “love” can take on a myriad of definitions based on the context in which it is used.  My love for chocolate has a completely different definition than my love for my wife.

The Bible tells of a much deeper, eternal love offered to us by God through Jesus Christ our Lord.   In the book of Ephesians, “love” is used twenty times. Paul’s last use of the word “love” is described as an incorruptible love. The question is, which love is it that motivates us?

Throughout Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, every time he uses the word translated “love” in our English translations, the literal Greek word is “agape.”  Even when Paul commands husbands to love their wives he uses this Greek word to describe the type of unconditional love that Jesus Christ has for us.

You and I are called to love one another unconditionally.  This kind of love never gives a wink to sin, but it does help another person up after they have fallen to the temptation of sin.  In all that we do may we be motivated by God’s unconditional, “agape” love.

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