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Topic: Love (04/27/06)
TITLE: The Definition
By Regina Russell
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1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love doesn't vaunt itself, is not puffed up,
5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The word love has three different roots in the greek language. Love as in agape, which is the unconditonal love God has for us and that we ought to have for one another. Phileo, which is brotherly love and the kind affection we have for one another. I call this compassion and caring about others' well-being; and eros, which is the erotic, romantic love we have for someone.
So many facets. We humans are ocmplex, beautifully and wonderfully made, yet sitll complex. We all to love and be loved. I think that is our grand motivaiton for the things we do. If our motive isn't love, then it's fear. Fear is form the devil and God doens't want us to be in fear of anything but Him.
That's my prayer today,to fear God more than I fear anything else on earth. That is the bible somewhere; sorry I can't quote it exactly, but I know it says, and this is the Regina paraphrase, "Don't fear them who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. I'll tlel you whom you should fear. the Lord, your God, your Maker, that's whom you should fear. He who after the body has died, has the power to throw you into heaven or hell."
My prayer this morning, is that I fear God more and repsect God more than anything on earth.
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