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Summary: Our days are numbered, so please take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.

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Who put the bomp

In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?

Who put the ram

In the rama lama ding dong?

Who put the bop

In the bop shoo bop shoo bop?

Who put the dip

In the dip da dip da dip?

Who was that man?

I'd like to shake his hand

He made my baby

Fall in love with me

Back then, song lyrics were so much deeper, weren’t they? This morning we’re going to talk about love for a few minutes. We are going to reflect upon a very familiar passage of scripture. It will be a good review, at a time I believe when we need it most.

In between chapter 12, which discusses the gifts that the God has given to His church, (we are all one body with different parts, unity in diversity) and chapter 14 which deals with the use of those gifts, chapter 13 reveals the spirit in which these gifts are to be exercised. And although this wonderful chapter does tie the two together, I believe it can and should stand on its own. Keep in mind, when the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthian Church, he didn’t include chapters or verse numbers. It was written the same as if we would write a letter today. And I believe this chapter 13, well known as the “Love” chapter, is the finest definition of love we not only have in scripture, but in all published works throughout time.

What is the importance of love? H.A. Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers writes that the word translated “charity” in the King James Version refers not only to the good works and kindness that we associate with charity today, but to the root and source of those good deeds: love. I have mentioned this before; there are three well known Greek words that we translate as “love.” “Eros”, “Phileo” and “Agape.” If you are familiar with Greek mythology, you’ll recognize “Eros” as the name of the god of love, the son of Aphrodite. Eros is the word used in classical Greek for love of sweethearts and love between husband and wife, wife and husband. Phileo is a broader word speaking of a kindly, friendly affection such as the love between friends, or love between children and parents, parents and children, the love of citizens for the country to which they belong. The third word, Agape, speaks of a higher type of love, a love that is all-absorbing, a love that completely dominates one’s whole being. Guess which word Paul uses in chapter 13?

It is interesting that in the writing of the New Testament, the Spirit of God seemed to forbid the use of the word Eros. It is found frequently in the writings of the Greek poets and philosophers, but never in the New Testament. This word has been so abused and degraded by the Greeks that God, as it were, stood over His Book and said to those who were writing, “Do not put that word in here. It is too capable of being misunderstood.” Phileo occurs many times in the New Testament, but only in reference to human friendliness, kindly feelings or brotherly love.


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