The Real Thing: Love

 
 

 

Dave takes us on a journey from the bottom of Chapelfield’s underground car park to Pizza Hut on the top floor as he explores the four Greek words the gospels use for Love. He begins with eros, and the “I want it now” infatuation of our age, before talking about storge, philia and finally agape. He turns to 1 John for a definition: “God is Love”, and reflects that we can see this Real Love in action in everything Jesus did. We can put the name Jesus instead of the word Love in 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind…” and it’s 100% true. How true would it be if we put our own names there?


READINGS

Matthew 5:43-48

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

1 John 4:8

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.