Love

 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. “      (1 Cor. 13:12-13)

February may be known for many things, it is known as the shortest month, and the month which we honor presidents day, but for most people if you ask them what February is known for the answer is simple “Valentine’s Day”. We all experienced Valentines day this past week. For some it was experienced with someone who you love very dearly. What a great opportunity to remember someone who we love.

The bible speaks a lot about love, as a matter of fact, the bible is a book of love, it is a book of the love that God has, and has demonstrated for each of us. We can see the love of God beginning in the very first chapter of the first book of the bible, and it continues as a central theme throughout the word of God. The word “love” occurs 360 times in the NKJV version of the bible, other forms of the word (loved, loves, loving) ect occur many more times, but an average of five times in each book we can find the root word “love”.  The word in the bible is used in four different ways. “Eros”  is used in the bible as a word meaning attraction. “Storge” is a word used to describe a familial love, “Phileo” is used to describe brotherly love, and “Agape” is a sacrificial type love.

Agape love is the love that we see God has for us, it is the love that Jesus had as he went to the cross, and it is the love which Jesus had for us as he hung from the cross. Agape love is the love that Paul reminds the Corinthian church, after that great chapter on love, to “Pursue” (1 Cor 14:1). Agape is not a natural and affectionate type love, it is a love that we literally must “pursue” or press forward toward. This is the love that Jesus asked of Peter in John chapter twenty one as He says to him “do you love me?” (John 21:16), It is the love that the bible reminds us that others will identify us as Christians by (John 13:35). This is the love that Jesus said there was no greater demonstration of then to “lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), and this is the love that Jesus we should have for Him which will cause us to keep His commandments” (John 14:15), and this is the love that Paul said was the greatest of the three, faith, hope, and love.

We never know what just a little love for someone else can do, what a little extra effort, what putting our best foot forward can do for someone else. Take time not just on Valentines day to put your best foot forward to love each other, and always love God.

Ande Z