Bren McLean

LOVE – ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE

by on Aug.23, 2012, under Church Life

 

More songs have been written about love, than any other topic. The Beatles wrote “all you need is love”, but why are we so captivated by it?

Because it is a deep craving of the human heart and soul. We were made to love and to be loved. Genesis 1 says that we are made in God’s image. God is relational and He wants us to be in relationship with us. WOW!

What is the origin of love?

God IS love (1 John 4:8) and love is a primary characteristic of God. We experience the outworking of this love in many ways, but most significantly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

The word ‘love’ is complicated in the bible though. This English word is used to translate atleast 6 words from the scriptures.

Hebrew (Old Testament):

  1. Ry’ah – best friend, soul mate (Songs 5:16)
  2. A’ha’vah – sacrificial love, desire to please other first (Songs 2:4-5)
  3. Dod – passionate, sexual, intimate (Songs 1:2, 8:14). When all three flames burn as one, marriage will deepen and the couple will enjoy what God intended

Greek (New Testament):

  1. Agape’ – true love
  2. Eros – passionate, sexual, intimate
  3. Philia – between friends
  4. Storge – natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring

Nowadays, the word love has been corrupted and is often confused with infatuation.

To keep us focused on truth,  let’s look at some classic references from God’s Word and pray that the Spirit will enlighten us:

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:12

“Love is patient, love is kind. It 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, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Finally, we are called to love (God, ourself and others) unconditionally, because He loved us first (1 John 4:19).

Will you?


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