Thursday, December 6, 2012

Four Kinds of Love (Matthew 22:34-40) {My Meditation}

Love means many things today. But the Bible is crystal clear about this powerful concept. Greek, the international language of Jesus’ day and the language in which the New Testament was written, had four distinct words for love, each with its own shade of meaning:-

1. Eros denoted the relationship between male and female, especially to lovers, including physical desire, craving, and longing. That word for love is not used in the New Testament.

2. Stergos described affection and was applied especially to the mutual love between family members. It is not used in the New Testament either.

3. Philos reflected the care and concern that friends have for each other, what we would call brotherly love. Peter spoke of this kind of love when he and Jesus discussed his future task of serving others (John 21:15-17).

4. Agape described a unique type of supreme love involving a conscious and deliberate choice to do good for another, a commitment based on the willful choice of the lover, not the qualities of the person receiving the love. This is perhaps best seen in God’s love for the world (John 3:16), and in the love that God calls believers to display (1 Cor. 13:1-13).

When Jesus recalled the Greatest of the Commandments, both of which had to do with love (Matt.22:34-40), he was calling for agape, a sustained and conscious choice to graciously serve God and neighbor, expecting nothing in return.

God wants to deliver a new kind of love – agape to families, workplace, and communities through his people. Who around you needs that kind of intentional touch of compassion and grace?

 {Source:- Life Connecting Bible - New Century Version}


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