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Sunday, June 26, 2016

What is love?

Chris Ney

What is love, how can we define it?

Love is defined differently depending on who you ask, I think we all know that if we asked a teenager what love is they would have a different definition then an adult. The definition commonly used for love is: a strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person. That is a good definition but does it cover all of what love is or isn’t?

Would it surprise you if I said that love is not a feeling but an action? It is a choice we make each day to love. We choose to love our kids, grandkids, spouses, friends, family, and neighbors. We also seem to be able to choose to not love either. We can have a disagreement with someone and dislike them; even if we are right and they wronged us we make the choice not to love them. I have done that and had that done to me, it’s not good being on either side. One side you stand firm saying "I am right", and pride takes over and our hearts get hard and bitter and it affects other parts of life. The other side we have hurt someone and again our pride stops us from trying to make it right. Either way we make a choice to love or not love.
The Bible describes love in three main ways, Agape, phileo, eros. Eros love is the lustful, feeling kind of love; often referred to as teenage love. Phileo is a friendship kind of love, one you have for someone close. Agape love is much, much deeper, it is loving someone sacrificially, it is a choice to love even when you don’t want to, it is the kind of love you have for the people around you that you would be willing to lay down your life for them. It is not just for the people you are close to but even for your enemies.

Luke 6:27 says to love your enemies, to do good to those who hate you.

WHAT, did I really just read this?  It is easy to love those who love us in return, but really becomes much deeper when you love someone who doesn’t deserve it. Maybe you are like me and are asking why do I have to, no one has done that for me, and yet I am reminded that someone has done that for me, and for you.

Jesus has done that for us

Rom 5:8 but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

No greater love has ever been demonstrated for you and me then on the cross when Jesus made the choice to love us by dying for us and taking ALL our wrong and paying for it in our place. That is love; Agape love demonstrated for us to then be able to love one another. If you are reading this and do not know this kind of love I would invite you now to know Jesus, it is not about church or religion. This is about a relationship with Jesus who loves you more then anything no matter what you have done or where you have been, or where you are now. He loves you.

You can have a relationship with Jesus right where you are

Rom 10:9 if you confess with you mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved

You are loved!!!

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