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God has given us the ability to love and accept love from others. God calls us to love our enemies and pray for those who misuse us. Love is not necessarily only a feeling. It is more of an action or behavior we display to those we love. Do you use the word love too freely or not enough? ~ Bill Greguska
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
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What Does Love Mean To You?
There Is Only One Happiness In This Life, To Love And Be Loved. ~ George Sand
The Most Important Thing In The World Is Family And Love. ~ John Wooden
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient; love is kind, does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts hopes, and always perseveres.
- Some people say they love pizza, and they say they love their family? Love is self-giving and self-sacrificing towards another; it is also a gift from God, and more significant than most of us can understand. Love can have a few different meanings depending on who or what you are referring to? Sometimes, a person says they love their mother, but they also say they love their mother, but they also say they also love pizza? It can be confirmed that they love their mom, and it can also be very accurate that they love pizza. Their mom’s love is different, yet both mom and pizza we say we love very much. Society confuses love and sex. The Greek language has words for four different types of love: eros, storge, phileo, and agape. We say we “love” pizza and “love” our mother, but the meanings are entirely different. Discover the critical differences between the types of love. A sign of real love is when a person loves the other person to the point of loving them just about more than they love themselves. An example of that is the love a mother has for their child, the love a husband has for their wife, or the other way around. When you feel inside that, you will do anything for the other person. That is a sign of the definition of love.
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself Is A Command!
- How can you lay down your life for another person in a realistic way?
- What gets in the way of you loving others in this way?
Read John 15:12-17 to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. To be His disciple, we must love others. Think about who in your life is the hardest person to love as God commands (and why)? What action could you take to start liking them anyway? See if you can memorize John 15:12, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
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The Four Types Of Love
- Romantic Love (Eros)—This is the feeling of “being in love,” physical passion, a feeling. Often people think of this kind of love when they think of “love.” Romantic love is healthy when it is a one-man/one-woman monogamous relationship within the bounds of marriage.
- Affection (Storge) is the natural bond between parent and child. It is the most natural (it just happens!) and passionate (children can’t help it!), but it can “go wrong,” and people can get hurt when it becomes unhealthy. Affection, too, can be based on feelings.
- Friendship (Phileo)—This is the love between friends. Friendship is a strong bond existing between people who share common interests or activities. But feelings are involved in this kind of love, too—cliques can be formed, friends can hurt friends, and pride can ruin friendships.
- Unconditional Love (Agape)—This is the love that cares and loves regardless of the circumstance. It never fails. This is the kind of love Jesus was talking about, the only always-healthy type of love. It is seeking the welfare and the best for another person, regardless of how we feel about them. The other three types of love aren’t sufficient! What makes agape love the only love that is always healthy? It is the same kind of love with which God loves us! Jesus displayed agape love when He went to the cross and died for you and me regardless of how He felt and despite our sinfulness. That is true love!
Ten Scriptures Describing Love!
- The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another. (1 John 3:11)
- And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
- Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)
- Above everything, love one another earnestly because love covers many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
- Be under obligation to no one—the only responsibility you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. (Romans 13:8)
- My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. (1 John 3:18)
- No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us. We are sure that we live in partnership with God and that he lives in union with us because he has given us his Spirit. (1 John 4:12-13)
- Do all your work in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
- Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant of one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives, utilizing the peace that binds you together. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
- To conclude: you must all have the same attitude and the same feelings; love one another, and be kind and humble with one another. Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, payback with a blessing because a blessing is what God promised to give you when he called you. (1 Peter 3:8-9)
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