If love is the concern for the happiness of another, then isn’t it natural to want to love someone that brings you pleasure? Certainly. It’s illogical to think that someone would want to love another who would never reciprocate. Love - even unselfish love - seeks a measure of fulfillment and joy. It’s not wrong - as long as we don’t allow that to become the only time we love. Commitment is the skeleton of love; the emotion of joy is the soft, warm flesh that covers the cold, hard bone of choice.
The people love Kate: they connect with her. She is the commoner that has been made into royalty. It is the same thing we loved about Princess Diana. Each of us, whether we know it or not, live just a little vicariously through her. But this story isn't original with England's leading ladies, it is centuries old and of Biblical proportions. You see, we were commoners until the Prince reached out to us. Now we (by grace & faith) have been made to sit in high places and have been promised thrones. We have given an inheritance and now heirs of all the King possesses. We are now VIP because we are special to the VIP of VIPs!
Before the sun sets again, I must tell you what you mean to me. I love you. I'm so proud of you and thankful for the opportunity to be your father. You are so beautiful in my eyes. I couldn't be happier with you. I have loved you since the moment that you were conceived. You are mine and I am yours. You bear my likeness, and I'm so glad - I hope you are, too. You are a masterpiece of creation, hand-woven with strength for a purpose. You have been gifted with so much potential and opportunity. I treasure you. I love you.
September 26, 2010, will mark a very important day in the short history of our church. It is a "12-stone memorial" type of day (see Joshua 4). Not only are we closing out a series of messages about the church, but we will be putting our faith, hope, and love into action by signing the … Continue reading Church Still Works!
Our society has a serious problem: we are scared of commitment. "Commitmentphobia" (as it has been coined) is not only affecting men with cold feet but also keeping many Christians distant from the core group of the church. The consumerism of our American culture has fed the downward trend of commitment in both marriage and church membership. Church shoppers & hoppers now have more influence in a church's direction than Christ Himself. For instance, most new ministries are not started with the question, "How can we better glorify God?" but rather, "How will this affect church growth?" Tragically, many churches have become seeker-sensitive instead of Savior-sensitive. The cure: a church in covenant, committed to Christ and to each other. (Nehemiah 9:38)
The word 'love' conjures up so man different things today. A modern dictionary lists 28 various uses for the word: tender affection, warm attachment, intimate passion, strong predication, & amorous benevolence. Yet not of these are complete to define / describe what the Bible speaks of as a fruit of the Spirit. Three words for love are used in the Bible: eros (sensual attraction/passion), phileo (brotherly kindness), and agape (God-like love).