Awesome Love! I have a lover-wife too, for whom I love/care somewhat also (younger than me), right now she is much better…thanks be to God! Yes, here is our great humility, to love each other.. in the good days, and the not so good days!
What is love? The original Greek that the New Testament was written in is quite clear about that. English uses the word Love but there is no precise meaning the that English word. It needs a modifyier for it to have a precise meaning. If we say, “erotic Love” we know exactly what that means. If we say,”Family love”, the love that one family member has for other people in their family, we know exactly what that means.
The Greek that the New Testament was written in does not have that proble because they have specific words for specific types of Love. “Eros” in the Greek is erotic love; “filio” means family love. When Jesus says that we should love our neighbor, the word in the Greek is, “agape” Agape is the type of love that God has for us and wants from us. This is sometimes called “unconditional love”, but that term is easily misunderstood.
Agape is not an emotion but is rather a decision. Agape is the decision to say and do every thing in the other person’s best interest even if it cause us to experience some suffering. For this type of love to be agape, the decision to always act in the other persons best interest even if we have some suffering for it must be an irrevocaple decision! When Jesus said in the English translation of the Bible, “Man has no greater love than to give his life for his friend (I suspect Jesus was talking about His sacrifice on the Cross”; in the Greek, what is written is, “Man has no greater agape than to give his life for his friend. God bless all who read this and contribute to this blog.Amen
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