GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …
“Love Is …”
Eros – Storge – Philia – Agape. Sound familiar? These words describe a particular type of love. Pastor Brice has been taking us through a teaching series on love. Love can take on many different meanings according to how the word is used, when its used, and according to who uses the word. Eros is sensual or romantic love. Storge is familial love. Philia is brotherly love. Agape is God’s love for humankind. Love is a universal word and is found in every language.
Today our concentration will be on agape love. However, before we do this, lets look at how many times the word love is mentioned in the Bible. The King James Bible mentions love 310 times. The New King James Bible mentions love 361 times. The English Standard Bible mentions love 551 times. The New Living Translation Bible mentions love 645 times. As you can see, the numbers will fluctuate depending on the Bible and statistical method used.
I encourage you to go to your Bibles and search the love, Scriptures. Not for the number of times love is mentioned but for a deeper meaning of Scripture. This is key to your spiritual growth. Love is repeated throughout Scripture for a reason. Why? Because we have an assignment.
“Our assignment is to love like Jesus loves.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice
Love started with God. God is Love. God sent His Son, Jesus, to walk among His people on earth as an example of love for us to follow. Love was with Jesus as He hung on the cross. Love was with Jesus as they placed Him in the tomb. Love was with Jesus when Jesus rose with all Power in His Hands!
“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 (NIV).
Let’s all love one another as God so commands us to do. Stop all the criticizing, back-stabbing, fighting, prejudices, hatred (yes, hatred) towards one another. We must answer yes to the question that one man, who was severely beaten by the police, once said: “Can’t we all just get along?” Yes, we can! Pastor Brice, being led by the Holy Spirit, has given us our assignment. As with any assignment of the heart, it won’t be completed overnight. But you’ll be able to see gradual results as you work on this assignment. Soon we’ll all be singing the Barney song: “I love you…you love me…” Well, maybe not quite, but you get my drift.
“Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV).
By doing everything in love, you will find that love binds, and you’ll be on the right track to following God’s command to: “Love one another!”
Solomon Temple Ministries International ~ Blogger ~ Othella Hill-Jordan