FROM WHERE DOES LOVE COME?
I TIMOTHY 1:5
JESUS CHRIST said, "...love one another..."
He also said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God..."
Some years later one of His immature young followers wrote to
give insight as to the fountain head of love. As a refreshing fountain
has to have a source so must love. Our text uses that principle to
illustrate the origin of love in a life. The illustrative fountain has
THE HEART, THE CONSCIENCE, AND FAITH.
Once while flying out of Cairo I was impressed by a large dark area
in that vast expanse of sandy desert. As we neared it I could tell it
was vegetation. Upon inquiring, I learned the government had
drilled for oil and had simply dug a very expensive water well. The
water was conserved and used to irrigate this region of about one
square mile in size. All they did was let the water be dispersed over
the dry sand and vegetation sprung up. For centuries the seed had
been collecting needing only water to grow. Perhaps the best
seeds of love are yet to spring up in your life.
We live in a spiritually dry and thirsty world needing love. You can
be that fountain of love. I beg you, don't be a mirage.
The meaning of the word "love" needs to be established before
considering its source. AGAPE is the Greek word translated love. It
speaks of full loyalty to God and boundless good will to people. The
Greeks had various words for love. PHILEO was one used for
brotherly love. Combine it as a prefix to ANTHROPOS, the word for
man and you have the word philanthropy, meaning the love of
mankind. PHILEO combined with SOPIAS the Greek word for
knowledge and you have the word philosophy, the love of
knowledge. Combined with the Greek word for city, POLIS and you
have Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.
There was the Greek word EROS which spoke of physical or
At the time of the New Testament there was no Greek wo ...
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