Summary: 1 Corinthians 13 paints a picture of the "Agape" love Jesus has for us.
Video “Confused about love.”
Valentine’s Day is this week guys. I want to give you fair warning. This month is known as the month of love because we celebrate Valentine’s Day. But do you know why? Let me enlighten you. The most popular belief is that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. He eventually was made the Saint of Love by the Catholic Church and we celebrate this day each year to honor his memory.
We live in a world that seems to be confused about love. We throw around the word “love” very casually. We love our jobs, our cars, our homes, our gadgets, our pets and all of our things. We love our moms, dads, kids, and relatives. We love our friends, neighbors, and people at work. We love our spouses, our girlfriends, or boyfriends. We love our church, our Lord Jesus, and our God. We love so many things that we lose sight of the true meaning of love.
We live in a world looking for love. If you go to Amazon. COM you can find 334,289 books with the word “love” in the title. 14,554 of these books deal with discovering how to love yourself. There are 173,677 songs available with the word “love” in the title. If you prefer a movie you can find 28,261 with the word “love” in the title. And if you still haven’t found what you are looking for just Google love and it will give you a listing of 3,250,000,000 web-sites with “love” mentioned in the search.
In the English language the word “love” carries many meanings but in the Greek language there were four words used for love. Two of these words for love are found in the New Testament. Today I want to help us understand the different types of love and in doing so have clarity about love.
The first word the Greeks had for love was “Eros” (AIR-ose). It is the root word for our English word “erotic”. This type of love was the most commonly found. It was usually sexual by nature but it also described the love toward inanimate objects. This type of love is always selfish. It is a love that expects nothing in return.
When we say we love our cars we are feeling an “Eros” love. We do not expect our car to love us back. We describe this type of love between individuals as “one night stands” or “friends with benefits.” There are never any expectations of a lasting relationship.
I dare say that “Eros” love is still the most common type of love found. And this type of love is not mentioned in the Bible for good reasons.
Another type of love the Greeks expressed in their language was “Phileo” (FILL-ee-uh). This love was a love shared between friends. This love is shown when Peter reminds us “You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)