Love begins at home, and everyone expresses this emotion differently. Love is more than a feeling. Love is a decision. The Bible mentions four different types of love.
- Eros is a passionate love.
- Storge pertains to the love between brothers, sisters, parents, and their children.
- Phileo describes a deep level of connection with friends. Often defined as “brotherly love.”
- Agape love is a divine, unconditional, and selfless love. Coined by New Testament writers to describe God’s love. (John 3:16)
Human love is limited. God’s love is limitless. Humans crave love from the first moment of existence. Love is always at the center of the Lord’s heart; which is why He created people to be in a relationship with Him and others. For over forty years I knew about Jesus, but didn’t have a personal relationship with Him. I was a foolish, self-centered, discontented, woman who was empty inside and tried to fill the void with things of the world.
In 2004, I volunteered as a pregnancy consultant. Working at the pregnancy center taught me how much God cared for people. He touched lives in that place, and people changed their life styles and choices. His love was too strong to deny. For that reason, I turned my life over to Jesus and decided to follow Him.
Later, my faith was tested in my marriage. Rather than turning away from God, as I’ve done in the past, I sought the Lord’s empowerment in my struggles. With prayer, and working through my stubborn pride, I found a profound love for my husband. We’ll celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary this December.
Our relationship with God strengthens by the test of time like our relationships with each other. God is the only one that gives Agape love but, I can be an instrument of His love. A Christian’s commitment to the Lord is the key for all other relationships. This unlocks everything together.
My purpose for blogging is to remind us what matters most: love and relationships. Please comment below about how you are growing in your relationship with God and others.