Love is a common theme found in scripture, however, it has been sad to view that the moment any minister stands up to say they are going to talk about love people shut down, they think it is a general subject for baby Christians, and that the minister is bankrupt of revelation.
People pity the minister who will come and talk about love versus the one that will dish out deep revelation, we only jump and get excited about teachings on making money and power. The truth in our walk with Christ is that the Apex of Christianity is not revelation but it is LOVE and unfortunately we've ignored the subject of love in the pursuit of power.
Without love, we are still in darkness and dwell in death.
We are not Christian because we pray in tongues or that we fast or prophesy, if you do not have love you weigh very small in the spirit. One scripture puts it so nicely 1 Corinthians 13:2 "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."
Let's look at the different types of love described in the Bible for understanding
Eros (Pronounced: AIR-ohs) is the physical, sensual intimacy between a husband and wife and we see this type of love in the book of Song of Solomon.
Philia (Pronounced: FILL-ee-uh) refers to love based on mutual respect, shared devotion, joint interests, and common values. It is the love near and dear friends have for one another.
(Pronounced: STOR-jay) describes family love, the affectionate bond that develops naturally between parents and children, and brothers and sisters.
(Pronounced: Uh-GAH-pay) is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. This term defines God's immeasurable, incomparable love for humankind. It is the divine love that comes from God. Agape love is perfect, unconditional, sacrificial, and pure.
I understand that sometimes the concept of love can be so confusing because of what we see in the world, our experiences, upbringing and at other times our emotions just add to the confusion. Some of us here have never felt the love of a biological father and we tend to take that mindset and view God from our deep wounds.
With humanity so confused about love, WHAT IS LOVE? The answer is—God! One of the simplest and yet most profound definitions of love is found in 1 John 4:8 “God is love.” “God is love” does not mean that “love is God.” In other words, love does not define God; rather, God defines love. Gods love is personal.
One minister outlines that the summary of Christianity can be ascribed to 3 things rooted in love which are -
1. An encounter with the Love of the father
As revealed through the sacrifice of Jesus according to this scripture. When you encounter this love you realize that it is selfless – God loved us without reservations “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT).
2. The transforming power of the Love of God
This love has power in that it produces Conformity in us to the likeness of Jesus. Something different must take place within you after you’ve encountered this love - your tribe should not be what we see first when we look at you, we must find it difficult to classify you because we should see another Kingdom culture at work in your life – which is LOVE
3. The expression of the Love of God to the world
This Love should be Love expressed not love reserved The world is hurting and some people cannot even hear us when we are ministering because they are so hurt all they need is for us to express love to them and they will open their hearts to our message.
John 13:34 says "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” This love is one area we need to work on more because often people can easily love God but not their neighbor it in in this end that John said in 1 John 4:20 "If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?"
In closing, We need to overflow with love and remember that the most important things are not what we do outwardly, it’s not based on any talent or gift, but the most significant thing we can do in this life is simply to love God and to choose to love others.
Shalom: Kay King