Summary: how to apply God's love
Unconditional love of God
If there is a word that everyone knows, I bet that word is love. In the whole world, in every language there is a word: love, now everyone says they know love however do we really understand love.
German: die Liebe
English ………… I love you
Afrikaans ……… Ek is lief vir jou
IsiNdebele ……… Niyakutanda
IsiXhosa ……… Ndiyakuthanda
IsiZulu ………… Ngiyakuthanda
Sepedi …………………… Ke a go rata
Sesotho ……… Ke a go rata
Setswana ……………. Ke a go rata
SiSwati ………… ngiyakutsandza
Tshivenda ………………….. ngiyakutsandza
Xitsonga …………….. Ndzakurhandza
There are many types of love, for different stages of our lives, so when we say to a person, I love you, and do we really mean it?
The first one we get is PHILAUTIA LOVE /SHALLOW LOVE, this is a self-love, one that people use against other people to benefit Him, putting on a show and always expecting something back.
PHILIA LOVE/ PLATONIC LOVE this is an affectionate regard, a loyalty shown between true friends, one that enables us to put differences aside and go forward.
STORAGE LOVE / FAMILY LOVE this is the love between parents and children, between siblings, it involves respect, honour for one another.
LUDUS LOVE / PUPPY LOVE /FIRST LOVE this is the very first time that the stomach goes weak, that you become tongue tied, weak kneed, butterfly feelings, writing the person’s name on paper, doodling, wondering if he loves me, he loves me not. This is mostly in our teenage years.
EROS LOVE / PASSIONATE LOVE this is the love that develops between a couple who have realized that this is their soul mate, the one meant for them, it is the special connection a new couple in love have.
PRAGMA LOVE / EVERLASTING LOVE this is love that flows from Eros love to a long, lasting relationship and an understanding of two people who stay married for their whole lives.
MOTHERS LOVE this love is the most famous love that we hear about, there is nothing a mother would not do for her child, this love never gives up on you, no matter what you do or say, some mothers would even die for their children.
But THE LOVE I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT, is even more than all of these put together, is never ending, it fills us with joy and all that is needed that we are able to love others.
Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love. God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins. Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other. No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
It is the love that God has for you and for me, it is unspeakable, unending, unconditional, it sees beyond the outer surface and accepts you for who you are REGARDLESS of your faults and sin. It overflows and seeks nothing in return, it is unmotivated, it is unselfish, it is CALLED AGAPE LOVE, AND COMES FROM JESUS HIMSELF.
TURN WITH ME TO ROMANS 12:9-16
Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other. Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord. Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually. Share what you have with God's people who are in need. Be hospitable. Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don't curse them. Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad Live in harmony with each other. Don't be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don't think that you are smarter than you really are.
WOW, GOD LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY, so how can we learn to love like God, everyone, how do we show the world that God loves them, let us consider these points: