Here’s a teaser for my book in progress. It’ll be a book for girls that takes a look at what God says in the Bible about love! It’s nameless & it’s just starting off. But I hope you enjoy it anyways. :)
Quite possibly the most beautiful, most powerful, most amazing, most confusing, most misapplied, most overused word ever spoken.
More than likely, the first connotation in your mind has to do with romance: Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty… the list goes on. However, there are four different types of love, and romantic love (called eros in Greek) only covers one of those! There’s also familial (storge) love (love for your dad, mom, siblings, grandma, first cousins, second cousins, third, etc), a friendship / brotherhood / sisterhood kind of love (philia), and finally, God’s love for us and our love for God, known in Greek as agape love.
The Bible addresses all four types of love, but the main focus is on agape love, which is the most important type of love. Our drive behind agape is knowing God’s tremendous love for us and, out of our love for God, we choose to love others unconditionally—no matter what.
One of the main differences between the other three loves and agape is that agape is not a feeling—it’s a choice. A decision. A resolution. That’s what the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, is all about.
God created all four loves, and they each are beautiful in their proper, God-given place. But agape must be found in every single one of them, because the first three come and go. Romantic sparks are fickle and unreliable—here one day, faded the next. We won’t always “feel” like loving our family. Somedays we might not “feel” like being friends with someone. But agape comes through—we are called to love with the same measure that God loves us. And that’s why 1 Corinthians 13:8 truthfully states that “love never fails” (NASB).
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Your friend, Marjorie