This February 14th multitudes around the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Roses and candy for loved ones, jewelry and dinner dates - it seems harmless enough - but many truly do not understand the swift, underlying current of the mood of the occasion and how its “24/ 7” godless spirit affects our society and culture. Please do not misunderstand me. I do not want to ruin anyone’s Valentine's Day. Those things (candy, roses etc.) are perfectly fine and harmless enough, but it is key during this "holiday" to understand the immoral, decadent spirit which is masqueraded as "love" when it really is only lust and self-serving.
I know I am sounding like a "square," but stand on the top of the mountain and look down for yourself at where this hypocritical love of fallen man and this seed of godless, licentiousness behavior will lead and where it has led our nation to. When natural law and heavenly absolutes are abandoned and left out of the “love" equation and definition, expect only societal devastation and ravishing of the soul to follow.
Eros is the Greek name for this being and also the Greek word for love (i.e., LUST), which describes the unbridled sexual passions of fallen man (Rom. 1:24, 28, 29). The sole desire of Eros love is to find self-gratification or self-fulfillment in another individual. Eros love may give the individual a genuine feeling for or attraction to someone, but the bottom line of this “love” is that it is rooted in a narcissistic (self-centered) mindset (Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:5; James 1:14-15; Jude 1:10).
The word Agape (love) in the Greek language describes the highest form of love. This love seeks only the highest and best for its object in all matters of life here in time and in eternity future. Unlike Eros love which is rooted in self and a narcissistic agenda, Agape love is rooted in the pinnacle of excellence and selfless expression towards its object. Almighty God’s love (His highest and best) for you and me is nothing less than God Himself and His perfect will for the object of His love (Rom. 8:28, 32, 35; 2 Cor. 2:15, 1 John 4:10). GOD is love. Note God’s love in action towards you and me. The Bible states:
God GAVE His Son for us so that we should not perish but have everlasting life. How wonderful is that! All of God’s love is found in the Person of Jesus Christ for you and me. My dear friend, I do not know anything more wonderful than that!!
True Love Always - TLA
This Valentine’s Day don’t get caught up in all the “Eros hype.” Fear (reverence) Almighty God and enjoy (worship) Him in SPIRIT and TRUTH (Prov. 1:7; John 4:24; James 3:8). Show those whom you truly love the agape love of Almighty God (1 John 4:11, 21). Almighty God’s love truly satisfies the famished soul and brings true joy to the human heart (Psalm 16:11; John 17:13; 1 Peter 1:8).
Do you know the agape LOVE of Almighty God that is found ONLY in His Son Jesus Christ? God so LOVED you that he sent His Son to pay the price for your transgressions against the RIGHTEOUS standards of Almighty God (Rom. 10:4; 1 Peter 3:18). Again, my dear friend, I do not know how to say anything more wonderful than that! The one true God and Creator of the Universe truly loves you (1 John 4:10)!
Don’t be stupid and follow cupid. Follow the One who LOVED you and GAVE Himself to you (Gal. 2:20). Place your trust in Him today. You will NEVER be the same – no, Never!
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I think we need to be careful in saying that agape love is a superior love. Both words for love [agape and phileo] can be used of God's love, which is a superior love. The other word for love is phileo and, for example, it is used in John 5:20 "For the Father loveth [phileo] the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel."
This is certain a superior love, even though agape is not used. This is God loving His Son. This is God's affection and closeness and intimacy with His beloved Son. This is a superior love. This is God's love for His Son. This is divine love.
Another example is John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth [phileo] you, because ye have loved [phileo] me, and have believed that I came out from God." Here we have the Father's love for the believer. Here we have the believer's love for Christ. The Father loves us. We are His friends. We enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. We enjoy a closeness with Him.
There is one very significant difference between PHILEO and AGAPE. The Bible says "God so loved the world" (agape). The Bible would never say, "God PHILEOS the world." God can AGAPE the world but he cannot PHILEO the world. The world is no friend to God. God has no intimacy with the world. The world does not attract God. God is no friend to the world.
BUT, God can AGAPE the world. God can give His Son for the world. God can die for the world. God can shed His blood for the world. He can give Himself for an undeserving world.
Here is another example. God says (Matt. 5:44), AGAPE your enemies. The Bible never says PHILEO your enemies. We can love our enemies with AGAPE love. We can pray for them. We can do good for them. But we cannot PHILEO them. We cannot love them as friends because they are enemies. We cannot PHILEO them until they become part of the family.
Unbelievers can PHILEO other unbelievers; believers can PHILEO believers (Tit. 3:15). It must be an attraction between like kinds. A believer cannot PHILEO an unbeliever [with the exception of family members]. An unbeliever cannot PHILEO a believer.
Same with Romans 5:8 (God can never PHILEO those who are yet sinners).
Rev. 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." God PHILEOS His own. He does not PHILEO the unsaved person.
1 Corinthians 16:22 "If any man love [phileo] not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha." If any man is not a friend of the Lord Jesus. If any man is not attracted to the Lord Jesus. If any man does not have a close relationship, an intimacy with the Lord Jesus, let Him be Anathema (accursed, set apart for destruction, God's eternal curse be on that person). Show the importance of "phileo" love.