HOW TO BE A LOVEABLE VALENTINE
SONG OF SOLOMON 8: 6, 7
JESUS CHRIST said, "By this all will know that you are My
disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).
Our culture is one noted for synthetics, substitutes, and
simulations. When anything of value is made immediately
someone will copy it. It is the most common form of flattery. Gucci
scarves, Louis Vuitton handbags, Rolex and Cartier watches, video
cassettes, and designer jeans are readily copied. One common
characteristic of the fakes is they never meet the standards of the
Our Lord said, "love." Many of His followers took Him at His word
and did it. The impact and influence was so dramatic that the world
tried to copy it. Hoping for the same fulfilling result offered by
genuine love, the world has come up even more empty as a result
of fake love.
Karl Menninger, co-founder of the Menninger Clinic, one of the
modern era's most outstanding psychiatrist said, "Love is the
medicine for the sickness of the world."
I. THE FORMS OF LOVE
AGAPE is the Greek word translated "love." We have one word
"love" for a variety of emotions, acts, and attitudes. The Greek
language being very definitive has several.
One is EROS. They used this word to speak of love that we know
as physical attraction between persons on a sexual level.
Their word for that emotion was not related to what was meant by
AGAPE. We get our word "erotic" from their word EROS.
PHILOS, was the Greek word for a kind of love which we describe
by friendship or brotherly love. It is warm affection apart from any
sexual attraction at all.
AGAPE, is the Greek word most often translated "love" in the Bible.
The word emerged in the Bible era meaning "the ultimate willful act
of self-sacrificing for the welfare of someone else." The AGAPE
kind of love is Calvary's love. The proto-type of AGAPE is the love
Christ showed us.
Only when we love Him with a love that is self-sacrificing for His
welfare can we get EROS and PHILOS working right.
Tragedy of tragedy is that in our society an attempt is made to
define all love by the definition of EROS, that is, sensual, fleshly
love. For that reason it is inconceivable that brotherly love can
exist without sexual involvement. Or, that self-sacrificing love can
be expressed without expecting some sexual favor in return.
Annually American's celebrate a festival of love called Valentine's
Day. People in England celebrated the day as early as 1446. A
writer in an American magazine as early as 1863 noted, "Indeed,
with the exception of Christmas there is no festival throughout the
world which is invested with half the interest belonging to this
However, it was the Romans who initiated the celebration. In the
200's a Christian named Valentine lived in Rome under the cruel
Emperor Claudius II. Claudius II had Valent ...
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