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.
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