Irrespective to your status or race, everyone values love. And recognizes that it is love that shapes what is true and good.
The term “Love” has always been used all over the world. To describe an emotional attraction between two or more people. Love is the essence of Christmas. It should mean by taking quality time with your family and friends. It is about cherishing and celebrating the love you share with them.
Let us know what really love is! Here is the good place to start.
3 Types of Love
Eros is a Greek term which actually means desire and longing. And according to the Greek methodology, Eros is the Greek God of Love. Also referred to as erotic love. This is a selfish kind of love as it is associated with sexual love.
It is based on a strong feeling we have against one another. And it usually develops during the 1st stage of a romantic relationship.This kind of love is based on the physical traits.
God created physical attraction between men and women. But He never intended for it to be selfish. He created desire and longing which makes up sexual love. In which is crucial in any marriage. This love was meant to preserved between a couple and it is essential for any healthy marriage.
And since it is mostly based on self-benefit, many people tend to fall out of love. If they are not happy with the marriage. Eros love can simply be an earthy thing. But when Spirit is infused and elevated, it speaks deeply of universal mysteries.
This is a unique kind of love like the one you have for a friend. It refers to loving one another just like your brother or sister. Love that is characterized by various different shared experience between two individual. In fact, this is a kind of love many Christians tend to practice towards one another.
It embodies culture and beliefs. This kind of love is about the friendship you feel towards other people. With the same interests, social graces and style.
Philos is not then shallow love. But rich in emotion and feeling. Like when your heart beams towards your child when they do something wonderful.
However, it is also described as shallow love. Because it is natural, exclusive and conditional. It’s strength and value will depend on the soul of elevation by the bearer.
This is a special term that represents the divine love of the Lord towards His son Jesus. This is the best among the 3 forms of love.
Agape is more of a parental, mature and sacrificial kind of love. It is the love that God commanded all believers to have for everyone whether he or she is a believer or not.
With agape, you do not have to actually feel it for you to give it. Which means that you can be able to show love without feeling anything at all. At times, feelings can follow after showing this kind of love.
In a way, it is as idealistic as Eros, in that it is crazy love that will not let go. Agape puts the beloved first and sacrifices pride. Also sacrifices self interest and possessions for the sake of the beloved.
This is the love that God has for us which inspired Him to sacrifice His Son. And for His Son to obey and sacrifice Himself for the benefit of many people.
“For God so love the world that He gave His one and only begotten Son. That who ever believes in Him shall not perish, but will have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
Christmas is a time to see the world through the eyes of love. Everyday is like Christmas for us.
Because Jesus is so good us everyday. But this time is extra special because He pours out His love in extra measure. We feel His love from loved ones, acquaintances and even strangers. This is a time to use love to build bridges of understanding, acceptance and forgiveness.
It brings out the best in everyone because it brings Jesus out, and He is the best!