Yesterday was Valentines Day. Our church had a special service to celebrate this day. The sermon was entitled, The Path of Love.
I would like to share a few points with all my readers out there…
The most important thing we all must remember about LOVE is this:
LOVE IS NOT A FEELING…IT IS A DECISION!
There are times that if you really love someone…you’d still like to slap them up side the head. You really don’t like them in that moment…you’re not feeling love right then…but your love for them remains because you made a decision to love that person no matter what!
In the Greek, there are three distinct words to describe love.
The first is Eros. The path of Eros means, a sexual or romantic attraction . If you only have lust in your heart for a person, the path of this kind of love will only be Putting Another Through Hell.
The second word is Philia. The path of Philia means, social love, as in brotherly love and love of a friend. If you feel sadness for the homeless or the poor, the drug addicts, and so on, you will be compelled to reach out to them and try to heal their suffering. The path of Philia is Patronizing Another Through Healing.
The third word is Agape. This is the kind of love that God has for us. If you feel this kind of love for others, you have a commitment to do good to them and for them. The path of Agape is Pointing Another To Heaven. It is your end goal that all find salvation through Jesus Christ.
It doesn’t matter if you’re educated, are an acclaimed orator, a theologian, or are full of religious zeal…if you have all these things, but you don’t have Agape love in your heart…these things are of no value!
True Agape love has these attributes: Protects, Trusts, Hopes, and Perseveres. These are Christ-Like attributes. God is Love…and “Love never fails!”
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails….
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.