The Challenge: Speech, Behavior, Faith, Love, Purity
Love….this is a term that we are all familiar with. It’s impossible to live on this earth and not experience this emotion unless you live in a shell and are void of all emotion. Love is a frequent theme in our society, but did you know that there are different types of love? Here is a quick lesson on love.
Eros love- This love is a romantic type of love based on strong feelings and emotions. It is based more on “self-benefit” – I love you because it feels good to me and makes me happy.
Storge love- This is love that we have for our family members. This love is a committed love based on strong emotional bonds.
Phileo love- A love based on friendship between two people. This type of love is based on a mutual give and take relationship.
Agape love- Unconditional love
Agape is the word most often used in the New Testament to describe Christian love. This is because agape love is made evident in our acts of charity and service for others, including those who we may not even know or like. Instead of being based on emotions or feelings like the other types of love, it is a love that is based on commitment. Agape love seeks the higher good of another, whether that other is a friend or foe. This is the kind of love that God shows us; it’s a self-sacrifice type of love.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
I’m making this a part of my 2011 challenge, because I realize that if I look outside of my little bubble- my problems, my needs- that there are people around me going through struggles who might need a little agape love. Yeah, I’m busy, but it could only take a 5 minute phone call or email to encourage someone or let them know that I care. My bank balance looks like it went on a diet, but there is always someone else who has less, and maybe even a small gift of charity can make a difference to them today. And the one thing that we can all do no matter what to show agape love is to pray for others. Pray for our friends, pray for our families, and pray for our enemies. You know how that old song goes, “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” What the world really needs now is agape love, so let’s set the example by showing it to others.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)