With Valentine’s Day coming this week, there will be much focus on love, romantic love.
In English we only have one word for love. In the original language of the New Testament in the bible, Koine Greeek, there were four words for love. Agape, Philos. Storge and Eros. Eros being the one for romantic love which is the focus for Valentine’s Day Storge and also Philos being friendship or family love will also be celebrated on Valentine’s Day as family members exchange cards or gifts and friends likewise. Philos was also used for the deep brotherly/sisterly love between fellow Christians.
Agape is the word for God’s unconditional love. God loves us unconditionally. He showed us his love even though we did not deserve it. He showed it by Jesus coming as Jesus said in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
There is nothing wrong with romantic love if expressed in the right way, the way God intended. Family and friendship love are wonderful. However, God’s love is eternal and the one we can always count on. The other kinds of love may fail at times. Boyfriends and girlfriends can break up. Marriages can fail. Family and friends can disappoint. But God’s love never fails and never ends.
I love the lyrics for the song Build My Life
“I will build my life upon your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in you
I will not be shaken”
So this week as people celebrate Valentine’s Day, my focus will be on God’s love. Nothing wrong with celebrating the other kinds of love with each other, but my focus will be on God’s love.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.