The Bible speaks of different types of love. What are they? What kind of love does God have in comparison to humans?
This is the type of family love that is commonly found in the Bible and is vital to the proper function of families and can sometimes be found in extended families. This is the type of love found in Martha and Mary who lost their brother Lazarus. It is the type of love that Abraham had for his son Jacob, the kind that Noah had for his wife and children, and the same kind of love that any father and mother has for their children as well as the children's love for their parents. Storge love can also occur between a husband and a wife. It appears to be the same type of love that animal parents seem to display for their young. Storge is a Greek word (στοργή) for family love and frequently used for natural affection.
This is the erotic love between men and women which is a sensual love. It is acceptable within the confines of marriage but outside of this matrimonial union, it is seen as sinful and why Paul told the Corinthians that "if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion" (1 Cor 7:9). This love is what gets many people, even Christians, into serious trouble because they can commit adultery if left unchecked and not resisted, they can commit adultery of the heart (Matt 5:28), it can lead to an addiction to pornography, and it can become an idol in itself. While this level of love is necessary and healthy within marriage, outside or before marriage it can be totally destructive.
This is the type of love that David and Johnathan had and was about as intense as it can be outside of the love that God displays. These two men would have died for one other. This love produces a bond that eros and storge love cannot compare with. This is the love that Christians are commanded to have for one another (Rom 12; 1 Cor 13). Jesus told the disciples and He tells us today, "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you" (John 15:12-14). This love is very unselfish and is like the love where soldiers display while under fire trying to save a fellow soldier who is wounded, where in combat a soldier falls on a grenade to save the life of his fellow soldiers, and where someone dies or risks dying for someone or others in order to save or protect their lives.
Agape love is the most supreme love of all and is an attribute of God and does not come naturally to humans. This type of love is supernatural as Jesus displayed on the cross saying "forgive them for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). This love is not as much a noun (a thing) or what is felt but it is displayed by what someone does. Love is a verb.it is an action.it is what you do like Jesus dying for us while we were still sinners as summed up in Romans 5:7-8 "For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." How many people do you know or have you heard of that died for their enemies? Jesus did. In fact "God so loved the world that He sent His only Son that whoever would believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) and it is not a love that condemns but one where "He came into the world to save the world" (John 3:17b).
The Greatest Commandment
It isn't ironic that the greatest commandment is all about love..loving God first and foremost and then loving your neighbor as yourself. When asked which was the greatest commandment Jesus said "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 22:37-40). Loving God first means you seek Him and His kingdom (Matt 6:33) and His agenda (Matt 28:18-20) above your own. Putting Him first, others next, and yourself last. On these two commands to love, it is the entire message of the Bible that this hangs on (Matt 22:40).
Commanded to Love
Jesus gave us all a new commandment and this was given John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." We are commanded to love others as Jesus loves us! That's a very tall order and one that we can do in our own human strength. Jesus said that if we have this love for one another, "all people (lost and saved) will know that [we] are [His] disciples." If others don't see us love like this then they won't believe we are Christ's. It is just that simple. John understood this when he wrote"Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes" (1 John 2:10-11). What John is saying is that if you say you love God but hate your brother, you're lying to yourself and others and you are not a disciple of Christ and "the darkness has blinded [your] eyes." It is irreconcilable to say you love God and treat your brother or sister with contempt. That is hypocrisy at its highest!
God loved the world so much and this love was never displayed in a more magnificent and agape-way than on the cross. Jesus died for us while we were still ugly, hideous, wicked sinners and still His enemy (Rom 5:8) and that is the kind of love that is displayed and proven by His actions and completely overshadows all other forms of love, even human, philia love. Love is much, much more than a feeling.it is an active, working, moving, action-oriented thing. It's not what you say or feel as much as what you do. Will you repent today and trust in this God Who loved you so much to send the holy, sinless, Savior to die for you? If not, then the wrath of God is still on you (John 3:36b) and you will be forever cut off from the love of God, once and for all time and with no chance of redemption (Rev 20:11-15).
Love is a sentiment that needs to be celebrated and it is not necessary that this day is celebrated only by married or unmarried couples. "It is meant to be an every day habit not only on valentines day. Even if a person has just committed to a lifelong relationship, this day should be celebrated as this is the perfect way to get mushy and senti with each other and take a vow to stay together forever. Moreover, Valentine’s Daymust be celebrated by everyone who is in love, irrespective of the nature of the bond shared between them. Also, besides building and nurturing romantic relationships, hopeful romantic relationships can also be strengthened on this day. This way, the day would be celebrated by all and make it truly special.
Valentine’s Day is a very special day for many people who look forward to enjoy it with great excitement and enthusiasm. Markets and malls are decorated with love theme and the shops are full of Valentine’s Day gifts. Everywhere, love can be found in the air. Restaurants and hotels organize special events to make this day extra special. The couple is in a frenzy to look for something special for their loved ones so that this day stays in their memories forever. They strive hard to capture the very essence of this day. In order to do something special and capture the essence of this day is by planning this day just for the two of you. Do something unique that you do not do normally, but means a world to both of you, like preparing a special dessert, enjoying a candlelight dinner, getting your photo picture framed along with your beloved, writing a few special lines for each other and a lot more. All these things are meant to focus on the relationship per se rather than just swaying away with the hype created for this day.
Every relationship needs a lot of investment and this investment needs to be in terms of time spent with each other, taking care of each others’ feelings and sentiments, and nurturing this bond to become extra special and is able to stand the test of time. This way, the couples would be able to make the most of this day and make it memorable for the times to come.
VALENTINE'S DAY 14 FEBRUARY
What is Valentine's Day? St Valentine's Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends. Couples send Valentine's Day cards and flowers and spend special time together to honour their love for each other.
The Early History of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today.
At the time of Valentine's life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.
Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine'. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.
How did Valentine's Day develop?
It wasn't until more than 200 years later that 14 February was proclaimed St Valentine's Day. By this time Rome had become Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to stamp out any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year and the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14 February Saint Valentine's Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints.
The poet Chaucer in the Middle Ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love. This was the beginning of the tradition of courtly love, a ritual of expressing love and admiration, usually in secret. This custom spread throughout Europe and stories grew about a High Court of Love where female judges would rule on issues related to love on 14 February each year. Historians believe that these meetings were in fact gatherings where people read love poetry and played games of flirtation.
Valentine's Day Symbols
The practice of sending love messages developed into people sending special cards expressing their affection. These cards were beautiful creations handmade by the sender and individually designed to show how much they loved the recipient. Cards would usually contain sentimental verse, proclaiming the beauty of the receiver and how much they were loved.
Saint Valentine's Day cards were decorated with pictures of cupid, hearts and flowers and trimmed with lace and ribbon. These images are still used today to symbolise love and are recognised all over the world.
What is Valentine's Day in Contemporary Times?
While Valentine's Day is celebrated in most countries, different cultures have developed their own traditions for this festival. In some parts of the world Valentine's Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving lollies and gifts for children and others include acts of appreciation between friends.
Valentine's Day is most commonly associated with romantic love, with millions of Valentine's Day cards being exchanged each year. Gifts of flowers or a single red rose are sent with romantic messages to loved ones and couples spend special time together. Valentine's Day gift hampers are also a popular gift and typically include flowers, champagne and chocolates.
Many couples choose to celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner, a picnic or special home-cooked meal. Many restaurants offerValentine's Day dinner promotions and food is often presented with symbols of love like hearts and flowers. Another popular Valentine's Day activity is to indulge in a luxury hotel stay in a beautiful location, allowing a couple to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time together. Marriage proposals are also popular on Valentine's Day, and it is often chosen as the perfect day to express their love and commitment. Some marriage proposals are delivered very creatively, such as after climbing to the top of a mountain, or posting a message on a billboard. Whatever the method, marriage proposals made on Valentine's Day are generally romantic and memorable.
Spoil your loved one at work or home with a Roses Only Valentine's Day romantic arrangement of flowers or a gourmet gift hamper.
A Valentine's Day gift hamper is the ultimate gift, with flowers, champagne and chocolates to delight your love.
BY; ISRAEL KASHIM AUDU.
WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL VALENTINES DAY CELEBRATION 2017!!!