Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LOVE: THE NOUN & VERB FACTOR

Greetings Lovers In A Dangerous Time...


"Nothing worth having comes without a fight...you got to kick at the darkness and make it bleed daylight." (Bruce Cockburn Lovers In A Dangerous Time)




"What the world needs now...is love sweet love..." (Jackie Deshannon)



"All you need is love..." (The Beatles)




"The Beatles said all you need is love...and then they broke up." (Larry Norman)




"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (I John 4:8)


"I love hot dogs...I love my wife...I love God...not necessarily in that order." (R.L.B.)


Over the years...I have made an offer of $1000.00 to anyone who can find in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luck and John...if they can find anywhere that Jesus said those three little words..."I Love You."  Only the use of translations and not paraphrases or some other obscure translations will be accepted.  Some have even tried a convoluted use of the Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek language to twist the words of Jesus into "I Love You"...but they were denied.  Actually...I have no money to give them...and my tongue is firmly placed in my cheek as I issue this challenge...but as of yet...no winners.


Jesus may have very well said those three words...but...as John states in his Gospel..."And there are also MANY OTHER THINGS which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written." (John 21:25)  I suppose that this would include things He said.  There is no doubt that He love the Father...and that He loves you... I just cant' find where He said it.


In this DANGEROUS TIME that we live...the word love is bandied around by people to the point where the word just does not mean anything.  One the positive side it is a noun that people express there emotional feelings towards one another...by saying I love you...and they really do mean it...whatever their concept of the word is for them.  On the negative side...the words are used to manipulate, shame, and generally get what they want.  Many times the word LOVE...means LUST.  The most obvious use of this word is a guy...trying to convince a girl to have sex with him...as she attempts to resist the temptation.  He looks her tenderly in the eyes...and says, "I love you baby" and at some point she melts because she wants to be loved...and she lets him have sex with her.  But his love is over as quickly as his pleasure has be satisfied.  Cause and effect kicks in way after he leaves...and the old rhyme begins to ring out loud..."Jack and Jill sitting in a tree...K.I.S.S.I.N.G... first comes LUST then comes desertion...now she is sitting with a baby from flirtation." 

In the Greek language...there are multiple words for this Crazy Little Thing called love...where in English...one word fits all.  Some of the words are;


  • Storge':  Familial love, the love of a mother for a child.
  • Phileo:   Brotherly love...love for mankind
  • Eros:      Sensual love...not necessarily just sexual...but things that appeal to the senses
  • Agape':  The kind of love that God IS and HAS and EXPRESSES.
"For God so AGAPED the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


It is this type of LOVE...the AGAPE' kind that we are called to have and EXPRESS via our SPEECH and out ACTIONS


I was talking with someone who was having an argument with someone and I posed the question..."Well...do you love her?"  We then began to talk about the various kinds of love...and that the storge', the phileo, and the eros...must be motivated out of the AGAPE' or they will be inward like an infected hair...and the love that you seek will be very, very, painful.  We then turned to I Corinthians 13...aka THE LOVE CHAPTER to see what love is...and how it is expressed.  LOVE IS:


  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Jealous
  • Does not brag
  • Is not arrogant
  • Does not act becomingly
  • Does not seek its own
  • Is not provoked
  • Does not take into account a wrong suffered
  • Does not rejoice in unrighteousness
  • Rejoices with the truth
  • Bears all things
  • Believes all things
  • Hopes all things
  • Endures all things
  • LOVE NEVER FAILS
When these things are in play...families, mankind, and our sensual love will not be DEFILED but IN PROPER ORDER.


Of course you can get discouraged because there are so many areas that we are not doing.  The reality is (1) You can't do it on your own (2) You never will if you do not purpose to do these things (3) If LUST IS LORD and not JESUS IS LORD...then you will never LOVE PROPERLY.
This love to others is hinged on your love for God.

"And he answered, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." (Luke 10:27)


FINAL THOUGHTS...FINALLY
You can't love your neighbor as you love yourself...unless you love yourself...and the only way you can love yourself is realize how much you are loved by God...and your relationship with you loving the Lord you God with all your (1) heart (2) soul (3) mind (4) strength.  And you can't do anything without the HELP of the HELPER...THE HOLY SPIRIT.


The next time you tell someone..."I LOVE You"...filter it through THE LOVE CHAPTER...and then don't just say it...DO IT...after all LOVE is (1) a noun (2) a verb.













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