A New Kind of Love

What do you love? In the USA many of us love puppies, mom and apple pie! Some of us love pizza and baseball.  Interestingly, we use the SAME word to describe our affections for everything from food to family: “LOVE” 

While we Americans try to cram the spectrum of our emotions into a single word, the Greeks used many words to describe the various meanings of love. One word, “philia”, was used to designate “brotherly love”, the love you have for a family member.  Another word for love was “pragma.” This word was used to describe the deep love of understanding that develops between long-married couples. “Eros” is a word that was used to describe a selfish, sexual love.  However, the most radical word for love was “agape.”  This is a selfless love.  This is the deepest form of love.  A love that expects nothing in return. A love that only comes from God.

The word “agape” is the word that Jesus uses to describe God’s love for you when He says, “for God so LOVED the world that He gave His one and only Son…” (John 3:16)  It’s also the word that Jesus uses to describe His own love for us when he says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) When Jesus describes this type of selfless love, He says simply, “God is love!” (John 4:8)

The world’s definition of love is fuzzy at best. The world’s view of love wilts away like a discarded old Valentine’s Day flower.  But God’s “steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 136:1)

If you ever get confused about what love is, just turn to Jesus. “This is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  (John 4:10-11)

Jesus loves you!
(And I do too!)
Pastor Maske

Posted February 13, 2020

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