Verse of the Day 6-12-21

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.-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

What do you think of when think of love? Do you think of romantic love, that is full of emotion and not much else? Or do you think of the kind of love that Paul describes here in 1 Corinthians? Paul is not describing romantic or emotion based loved here. In fact the Greek word that Paul uses here for love is agape or agapao. This word for “love” in the Greek language speaks of an intelligent, thoughtful and purposeful love involving the entire personality, but primarily a decision of the mind and will. This makes the love that Paul is describing completely different from the love that we as modern men and women have gotten used to. Our view of love is more inline with the Greek word phileo, which speaks of a warm, natural and more spontaneous sense of feeling and affection-a more emotional love. Notice the difference between the two, one is based on a rational decision made using both your mind and your heart, while the other is based solely on how you feel. As followers of Christ our love for others should not be based on how we feel about them, but rather it should be based on a conscious decision to view them in the same way that Christ did. Always keeping mind the words of Jesus, when he was asked what the greatest commandment was. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)

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