The Month of Love!
Funny how they say there is a month for love…I believe that love should be celebrated every day! Of course, there are many types of love, here are some of my favorites:
- Philia — An affectionate love without romantic attraction and occurs be-tween friends or family members. It is the result of people sharing the same values and respect for each other. This is commonly referred to as “brotherly love.”
- Pragma — An enduring love that matures and develops over many years. Also known as an everlasting love between couples that choose to put equal effort into their relationship. Commitment and dedication are required to reach this deep “Pragma” love.
- Storge — A familiar love that naturally occurs. A love rooted in parents and children, or close friends, built upon acceptance and an emotional connec-tion.
- Agape — A selfless love, which is the highest level of love. It is given without any expectations of receiving anything in return. Agape love is a conscious decision to spread love in any circumstances to anyone, as it is not a physical act, but a feeling.
Another way I have chosen to differentiate love is by its result. God’s word tells us in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There is a direct correlation between the things you truly love and your trea-sures. Some of my treasures are my Savior, my salvation, and my family. The things I treasure are relational, not “things”.
I have to say, Agape is my favorite type of love, as it reminds me of Christ. He is the perfect example of Agape love. He came in love, gave Himself with
no expectations of receiving anything in return and nothing about that is cir-cumstantial. What a great Savior He is! I would like to encourage you today to share Christ with those you know, love and/or encounter. If you don’t know Him as your Savior, we should have coffee, I would love to share Him with you!
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” I John 4:7-9
I pray that your February is full of love!
In Him alone,