“Love is a many splendid thing” – so goes the famous quote. Is this true of all kinds of love? What if one loves something repulsive or illegal? If you pause to consider it, people say they “love” many things in life. One moment, we exclaim how much we love our favorite sport or electronic gadget – and the next we speak of loving our family members or special friends. Only in the Greek language is this word differentiated according to the object of our affections.
The most popular and often abused type of love in the more specific Greek is eros, meaning physical passion. Of course it is a very superficial and frequently fleeting usage of the term. Many hearts have been broken throughout antiquity from the downside of eros – which was solely intended by our Creator for practice within the marriage of a husband and wife. In modern days, countless lives are being lost – through the abortion of unwanted children – all in the name of freedom for eros. How this must grieve the One who knit them together in the wombs of those deceived mothers.
When referring to the love of things or actions, the Greek language would use thelos – or epithumeō, if with a greater fervency. The former is most appropriate to utilize with typical expressions of favor toward things we enjoy in life that hold merely temporal value. The latter term is best used in reference to what is of greater importance from a spiritual standpoint. Let us not, for instance simply intend the milder thelos when mentioning our opinion of serving others or attending church. Additionally, rather than feeling the equivalent of epithumeo for a favorite rich food, may we express such love instead for optimizing our God-given health and praying for those who are sick and feeble.
We refer to our close relatives and friends with feelings of phileo – or storge, when they are our own children. This fourth term for love is typically the strongest of which humans are capable and the most similar to the epitome of love found only in God Almighty. This unique expression is agape – which refers to an everlasting, unconditional love that we could never completely fathom with our limited minds. Even so, we can joyously accept that He truly does feel this way toward humanity – as evidenced by His gift to us of Jesus Christ to secure our heavenly home. Having this assurance should enable us to practice this world’s multiple types of love in the most noble and productive manner possible.
Finally, in light of all the diverse angles of this infamous term, may we purpose daily to show love and gratitude for our magnificently designed bodies by eating balanced, low-processed diets. Additionally, we can choose to reduce contact with the many toxins in the environment, which collectively damage our immunity – and so hinder our ability to adequately express love to others – and ultimately to the Lord of our very destiny.
Persevering Scripture: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12
Loving Words: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus Christ (John 15:13)
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