Thursday, 16 December 2010
12:11:17 AM (GMT)
I'll say it again and again. You're not here by mistake, you're here by design.
Here's a small recap from about a year ago about the types of love.
Eros- Romantic, passionate love. Usually very physical.
Ludus- A game, an uncommitted love. More like a fondness as with a toy.
Storge (stor-geh)- A slowly developed friendship-based love.
Pragma- a pragmatic, practical, mutually beneficial relationship. It may be
unromantic. A person who leans toward this type of relationship may look for a
partner where the person is already spending time. Sex is likely to be seen as a
technical matter with little intimacy.
Mania- an obsessive or possessive love, jealous and extreme. Often at the
root of stalking.
Agape (a-ga-pey) is a gentle, caring, giving type of love, not concerned with
Of these six types of love (some believe there are more, that is not what's
important) the first five are of this world. The first five can be experienced by
about anyone. It is the sixth type of love that is the Godly type. They don't have
to be a Christian, they can feel God urging them to love in this way. This is how
God loves everyone. (This is how I have come to love many people. )
With that introduction out of the way, here is the lesson.
Colossians 3:12-14 "12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against
someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity." (It should be the cry of your
heart to be this way.)
Verse 13 above is part of Agape love. The love of grace, to freely give what is not
earned nor deserved.
1John 4:7-10 &16 "7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does
not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He
sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is
love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning
sacrifice for our sins. " and 16 "And so we know and rely on the love God has for
us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. "
Next is the first verse that a lot of Christians memorize, the verse after it is less
famous, which is sad because it completes the statement.
John 3:16-17 "16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
So, God is love. He is not a being who expresses or contains love, but He is the
embodiment of love. I'm afraid that we have grown so accustomed to hearing "God
loves you" that it has lost nearly all meaning. We have lost our appreciation of it.
So, Do we say it? Those people around us who we love. Do we tell them regularly
that we love them? (one of the few things I've got down pat)
So do we take the time to tell God we love Him? Living a redeemed life is to live
love and thankfulness.
Was there once a time you loved Jesus greater than you do today? (This is certainly
true with me.)
Are you selfish? Love is willing sacrifice.
So, Have we shown it? A selfless and serving love.
Do we show it now?
The Great Becoming Principle (sounds big and official)
In whatever situation you're in, God loves you and gives you comfort and compassion
so that you may turn and give comfort and compassion to someone else. Love others as
He loves you. We're not perfect, we fall down a lot and we struggle a lot but
through it all we seek to become more like Christ. It is to be our very nature to
love and forgive because with agape love we are not of this world. (To be honest I
think after a few years of work I have succeeded in making my nature love and
forgiveness. I fall sometimes, but far and wide I think God has succeeded in
Make the choice today to love and to forgive. To ask God to work in and through you.
(I re-ask Him that very often, actually. I feel like I need to remind myself more
so than remind Him)