Friday, February 14, 2020

The Two Loves of Valentine’s Day


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.

On this Valentine’s Day multitudes will engage in the self-pleasing, licentious and immoral acts of fornication that are outside of the timeless, God-ordained and holy institution of marriage (Matt. 19:4-6, Heb.13:4). These will be following in the steps of Cupid while they are unconsciously building wrath for themselves in the coming Day of Judgment (Prov. 5:18-23; Rom. 1:32; 1 Cor. 6:9; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:5; Heb. 13:4). Countless neglected spouses will be handed a hypocritical rose for the last years neglect as a token of ones "love" and admiration that does not exist in the relationship.

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.
The Stupid that Follow Cupid – Eros Love
In Roman mythology Cupid usually appeared as a winged infant carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows. Cupid’s arrows would induce wounds of inspired love or passion in all of his victims. Cupid is frequently invoked as a fickle, playful, and deviant (perverse) individual. Cupid sounds much like a child of the sixties.

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).
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.
Eros love NEVER seeks to give for the betterment of another individual. Eros love only asks the question, “What can you give me?” What can I get from you to satisfy my hungry, famished soul and my unbridled sexual passions? The reality is that Eros love can never satisfy the unregenerate soul of fallen man; only God can (Matt. 11:28-30; John 6:35; James 3:8). Eros love is a burning fire. Once the object is consumed, desire is left looking for more to feed its unquenchable appetite. The more it devours, the more it wants, until the individual is completely ravished by this monster in its all-consuming addiction. When this Eros monster is left wanting and unfulfilled, anger, resentment, hatred, envy and bitterness begin to manifest themselves in the possessed individual’s heart and life (Rom. 1:24-26). Thus are created - and grow even heavier - chains of bondage for the captives of this “Eros-erotic despot."
The number one American addition is this unbridled beast of Eros-erotic love, i.e., sexual addiction. 

The unchecked passions of man are an appetite unsatisfied and unstopped by the gratification of the flesh. Like an addict, the unbridled passions of sexually driven men and women create a tsunami of psychological and social discord and physiological disorders that spill over from the individual into our societies and communities. The number one addiction in America today is not cocaine, it is not alcohol, it is not marijuana, it is not heroin, it is not oxycontin, etc. The number one American addition is this unbridled beast of Eros-erotic love, i.e., sexual addiction (James 1:14-15). This Eros beast is currently reigning supreme and dominant in America in every facet of life, culture and society.
God’s Selfless Love – Agape Love
Almighty God’s love vastly transcends the frail and temporal confines of finite man into the ETERNAL REGIONS of foreverness. God’s selfless love seeks only the highest and best towards the object of His love, it is unconditional and selfless and rooted in RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUTH (John 3:16; 1 Cor 13:1-13).

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:
For God SO LOVED the world, that HE GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

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

Whenever a man or woman, boy or girl comprehends what Almighty God has done for them in love and God has hold of their hearts, the child of God (John 1:12) can only seek the same selfless agape love for others in SPIRIT and TRUTH (John 4:24). Jesus stated that by this action (i.e., showing agape love) the World will know that He loves us (John 13:34-35; John 17:21-23).

In marriages where agape love is applied in the relationship, please try to tell me how that marriage will not thrive in such an environment with regard to companionship, intimacy, etc.? The closer the husband and wife grow to Almighty God in spirit and truth, the closer they will grow to each other, producing a strong and healthy relationship in every way (Eph. 5:21-33). That was God’s design from the beginning (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6 ). Eros love can NEVER move and motivate in this manner. Just look at the divorce rate in America! If only America - and the rest of the world - would follow Almighty God’s basic formulas for life and living, we would all be blessed beyond anyone’s imagination (James 3:18). But the vast majority of people will not and lose all the benefits and bliss in their refusal (Psalm 106:14-15; Rom. 1:24, Rev. 22:14-15).

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.

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!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


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A brief note from GWZ I.F. on Agape Love

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.


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