“LOVE IS LOVE”
… I’ve been seeing more and more of that lately!
It sounds good, but is it really true?
Rather than moving in and taking a closer look at the assertion, maybe it would help to step back to view the broader landscape of Love – one that transcends romantic feelings and relationships, even commitments and vows, that rides the hills and valleys of the vast spectrum of human emotions and desires, and that in its fullest, purest (holiest) sense, defines the Creator Himself (1 John 4:8).
There may certainly be some overlap, but psychologists today categorize love into SEVEN general areas below; every one of them found in the Bible:
1. LUDUS – playful, uncommitted, flirtatious (egoistic, self-focused)
2. EROS – sexual, passionate (egoistic, self-focused)
3. PHILIA – friendship, goodwill (mutualistic, give/receive)
4. STORGE – familial (parent/child, kinfolk)
5. PRAGMA – practical, making it work (mutualistic, shared goal)
6. PHILAUTIA – self-love, inflated self-importance (narcissistic)
7. AGAPE – unselfish, unconditional, charity, given to the undeserving (altruistic, give expecting nothing in return)
Considering the many different types of human love that exist – some very self-centered, others very others-centered – and the complexities within each, it’s hard to really qualify the “love is love” motto. What kind of love is what kind of love?
One thing that stands out clearly to me is that only one of those seven types of love describes God’s Love – the Self-LESS AGAPE love. This Love suffered and died on a Cross, no, not just for righteous men, but for the worst of all sinners, for His enemies – the very men hammering nails through his hands and feet. It was for ME Christ died – that the Father might forgive MY sins and grant ME Eternal Life because of the Agape Love of Christ demonstrated by His shed Blood at Calvary.
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” – Luke 23:33, 34 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 KJV
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Matthew 5:44 KJV
Because Christ demonstrated what True Love looks like – Creator of heaven and earth giving His life to save ours, caring so for the souls of men, that we would desire to love like Him – ready to be mocked, ridiculed, persecuted, even killed to save a single man’s soul. That we would obey Him.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15 KJV
“Agape love is a thinking, rational, kind of deliberate love that is motivated by what is holy and good. There are times when this kind of love results in less than pleasant actions. When speaking to the Corinthian church concerning a man engaged in unrepentant sin, the apostle Paul wrote these sobering words, “… you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 5:5 MEV. Agape love says that this man’s eternal soul is more important than his temporal comfort, therefore actions should be taken to help him realize the depth of his sin.” – Robert Driskell
No, love is not love is not love.
God’s Love stands alone, seen in those who know Him.
“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.” – John 3:16 KJV
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