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Back to basics (the greatest Commandments)

With every season, change comes.  Hearts are renewed; passions flow deep.  Throughout the dead of Winter and rebirth in Spring, fellowship and quiet devotion become commonplace.  In contrast, burning desire and bountiful praise bloom during Summer and Autumn.  God's love, however, never alters.  It remains consistently unyielding.


Imagine!  He (Christ) was sent (in all righteousness) to preach His gospel.  He was betrayed by his people; slain for their salvation.  What form of love is this that a parent is murdered for his children's sake?  Look to the cross.  There one will discover the mysteries of God's love.  The history of mankind has always represented a form of love that is contradictory to this ideal.  Inspite of this fact, God loves.  Everything in creation and all manners of tongues and prophecies shall vanish.  His love remains.  (1 Corinthians 13:8)


Biblical love is broken down into 5 terms: Storge, natural affection (parent to child); Xenia, love shown via hospitality; Philia, virtuos love between brethren; Eros, erotic love; and Agape, God's pure and holy love.  Love is an action not an emotion (though it can be driven by emotion).  Christ commanded that men (and women) are required to love one another as one body (Mark 12: 29-31).  Give to another what is expected for one's self.   How is this accomplished?

It begins with the acknowledgment of God's perfection built into all mankind.  This requires that all men (and women) edify one another.  Husbands are instructed to honor their wives as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5: 25-27).  Neighbors are to love their enemies; parents are to sacrifice for their children.  When emphasis is placed on fulfilling these simple requirements, mankind can enter that place of perfection(in God).


"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). 


Comments

  • Denise 4 years ago

    This is a powerful prospective on love, i wish that everyone including me can really examine ourselves and stop fighting and love one another just like Christ love the Church.