Feb 22, 2017

"Love" Is An Often Misused And Abused Word

Common Sense Commentary: Human love, for a person, grows from "acquaintance" to "like" to "friend" to "affection" to affection multiplied by a hundred, a thousand or a million ....Human love, in the New Testament, is in various forms of  the Greek word "phileo". It is often fickle and unreliable and misapplied ... quite different from Godly Love. Phileo love can range from warm affection to white hot obsession. Many a person has given his or her life for love and many others have been murdered because of it. A mother's love for her child is usually one of the very strongest phileo loves. A child's phileo love for his parents usually lasts a lifetime. The love between a man and a woman can nurture, strengthen and secure or destroy one or both. People phileo love food, pleasure, position and power. These human types of love are various forms of "phileo" as in pedophile, philanthropist, and Philadelphia, meaning human love. The "love" of God expressed in the Greek words "agape" and "agapao" is as different from "phileo" as Giovanni loving spaghetti and "God so loving the world that he gave his only begotten Son...." to die on the cross for sinners.

In the terminology of the lost world, the word "love" is often just referring to sex. In that vulgar concept, "making love" never means being kind to someone or cherishing them or making them a cake or helping them across the street. The word "love" has thus been as corrupted as the word "gay".

Considering those contrasts, what do little children think "love" means? RB

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds , 'What does love mean?'

The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined .....

'When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' 
Rebecca- age 8

'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'
Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny -  age 8

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.'
Bobby - age 7

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.'
Nikka - age 6

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle - age 7
Godly love, in the New Testament, the Greek word "Agape", may be experienced by humans too through faith in Christ. RB

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jn.3:16.

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35.

"... the fruit of the Spirit is love ...." Gal.5:22. 

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:8.

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