Loving your Mate
Loving your Mate…Loving is the easiest thing to do when you first meet your mate. But as time moves forward it seems to become more and more difficult. Why is that? To understand that we have to understand what kind of love that we’re talking about.
As you may know the New Testament was written in Greek and the Greeks had many definitions for love. Let’s look at a few of these definitions.
- Agapeo “Agape is the very nature of God, for God is love (1 John 4:7-12, 16)”
- Phileo “to have a special interest in someone or something, frequently with focus on close association; have affection for, like, consider someone a friend.”
- Eros “The Greek word for romantic, sexual love or passionate love is Eros”
- Storge The fourth Greek word we need to understand is storge, which is the love and affection that naturally occurs between parents and children, can exist between siblings, and exists between husbands and wives in a good marriage.
So you can see that there are many definitions for love and because of this we have to choose which kind of love we are talking about.
As you may have guessed we are talking about Agape Love. Agape love is the type of love that gives without expecting anything in return. It is the kind of love that you must choose to give.
Let’s face it, sexual love is the easiest love to give especially when you were in the mood! Friendship love can be fairly easy to give even if you’re not in the mood because you don’t live with that person.
But agape love is always a choice, it is always something that you must choose to give over and above the situation that it’s happening in your life at that time.
Agape Love is a healing love and most often it is given by an individual who needs that same healing him/herself.
I didn’t say this was going to be easy but agape love is the most powerful form of love.
It is the love the Jesus gave to us when he knew he was going to go up on that cross, and then into the belly of hell for three days and three nights. He even told his disciples that he didn’t have to do this but his father would send it angels to rescue him.
So what type of Love do you have to offer?
I know that some of you are in a dire position right now, and applying agape love to your relationship or marriage is not going to be easy.
But as I say… “to take the next step in your walk of Faith you need to do something heroic in the realm of the spirit.”
Welcome to your Battlefield and by the way I read the book I know you already have won!