How To Love And How To Be Loved
Take your Bibles and turn to Galatians chapter 5, and in a moment I want to begin reading in verse 19. I want to talk to you about love, How to Love and How to Be Loved. Now, we have a generation today that talks an awful lot about love, but, very frankly, folks, we have a generation that knows perhaps less about love than any generation since the time of Christ. It is amazing how the word love has been twisted, perverted, and misused and abused today. People just don't understand what love is. So many people think that love is an inexpressible emotion, sort of a outward inexpressibility of an inward all overishness. They just don't even know what it is. They just, oceans of emotion, it's just feeling. But I'll tell you, friend, that's not what love is. Love is not feeling. It may contain feeling. It may result in feeling. But love is not primarily a feeling nor an emotion. I'll tell you why. The Bible commands us to love. And you cannot command a feeling. Think about it. The Bible commands us to love. Now, it may contain emotion. It frequently results in emotion. But the kind of love that I'm talking about is not an emotion. I'll tell you something else. It is not an uncontrollable passion. People have the idea today that love is something that happens to us, and we're more or less victims of it, or recipients of it, however we may think. We fall in love, and then we fall out of love, and it just sort of happens. And so we have a song written like that silly song that was written about a decade ago, when a man is singing to his wife, or wife singing to help husband, wanting a divorce, Please release me, let me go. I don't love you anymore. Poor me. I just don't love you anymore, and it's not my fault. So to stay together would we don't have any choice over w? But wait a minute. The Bible says, Husbands, love your wives. That's not a suggestion, not a request. That is a command. Love, my dear friend, involves choice and conduct. Choice and conduct. You can choose to love, and when you choose to love, love is not primarily how you feel, it is what you do. Now, the reason that we are so confused about it is that we use one word for love. The Greeks were more exact, and they used several words for love. For example, the word eros, the word we get erotic from, meant the kind of a love that a boy has for a girl, or a girl has for a boy, and that's all right. That's wonderful, as a matter of fact. But that's not what I'm talking about here. Now, we're to love everybody, and the love that I'm going to talk to you about in just a moment, but you're not to have erotic love for everybody. That's for just one person. And you better get the right one. Herbie was saying to Susie, Susie, will you please go out with me? And Susie says, No. And he said, Why? Is there somebody else? She said, Herbie, there's got to be. Uh, that's there's one man, one woman. That's the erotic love, yes. And t ...
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