Agape love is the kind of love that chooses to love the unlovable and unlovely, not because we deserve it, but because it is God’s nature to love – in fact, HE IS LOVE (1 John 4:8) Agape love comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and is not based on feelings, attraction, or even familial connection.
The third form of love from the Greek is one that many people are familiar with. Eros love is the type of love that refers to the “passionate love” that is between two people that are “in love.” We get the word “erotic” from Eros. Eros is also the word that expresses sexual love or feelings between people who are physically attracted to one another. While Eros love is familiar to all of us, it is the one love that requires the most self-control and intentionality to keep it within the boundaries that it belongs.
Phileo love is the form of love that exists between friends and means “affectionate regard.” While we may not always carry Phileo love perfectly towards one another, it is the heart of Jesus for us to love one another well. In John 13:35, Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”. That’s pretty straight talk right there – our Phileo love for one another is not just about us, it’s about the example that we carry and present to the world.
Let’s start on an adventure of understanding what the Word says about the different types of love. Storge love is the familial love, often referred to as the empathy bond. It is the love found between family members, and those that are bonded together by chance – not choice.
Be intentional about your day-to-day decisions towards your end goal, but also challenge you to celebrate the steps that you take in between! It's the step-by-step, day-by-day, mini-accomplishments towards your end goal that build over time into success.
Goals help us focus and have vision for the future. But a good goal is also one that is "SMART." The goals you set, in order for them to be successful, need to have some key components!
When we have goals for our lives - whether these are short term or long term goals - they position us to have focus and an end in mind.
As 2017 draws near, there are a number of ways to intentionally cast vision and seek the Lord's heart for the year ahead.
Taking some time to intentionally seek the Lord in prayer regarding the year ahead positions us to move into 2017 with vision, focus and clarity!
There are many ways to look back over the last year and remember what the Lord has done. Our encouragement this week is to take some time after you review the year to set up your own altar in remembrance and gratitude for 2016.