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A Poem: The Love Of God Last Forever And Stands The Test Of Time

Updated on July 23, 2013

What will separate us From the Love of God?

I was going through some Hubs today when I read a very beautiful Poem about the Love of God by Faith Reaper. That hub in particular immediately inspired me through the word of God to write a short Poem. I wrote a rough sketch of the poem as inspired, then did some good follow up to polish it very well. More inspiration came from this Biblie verse:

Romans 8: 38-39: "For I am convinced that neither death nor Life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord". Hope you enjoy the Poem.


BIBLICAL LOVE PSYCHOLOGY

THE SOUL TALKERS

Man Can Fail!

Man promises heaven and earth
even with intensed emotions, yet he's fake
and when his manifestation is done
the effect suddenly hits hard like an earthquake

after a while, I stand up from my fall to trust again
but with the mysterious human mind so Opaque
I'm being picked and thrown back to the same spot like a rake
completely drowned and stagnant in an iced-lake.

Then finally, I found someone
who has already paid the price for my sake
so unbelievable is the experience with him
that it seemed i'm just awake.

Despite being on a verge to break
He made me worthy of a re-make.
Surely, His love knows no fault or mistake.

The scattered ingredients, he is ready to take
expertly mixing them, prepared to bake
Loh and behold! The final piece: an eyecatching Cake
He has crafted me into for heads to shake

Such love can never wax cold
lasting forever and standing the test of time
because I know and I am sure;
me, He will never forsake.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Truth beautifully written. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Columba Smith 4 years ago from California

      Such a heartfelt poem! Your love for God really shines though. Thank you for sharing this uplifting work!

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      April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love your poem Funom Makama, it made me smile. Thank you for all your kind words!

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      You my friend are by NO means a newbie. I thank you so much for the beautiful fan mail you left for me. Such a kind and thoughtful message and so uplifting. Now about your poem Just WOW. It is so very on point. Your poem is going too touch the hearts of many. You are a messenger and God is smiling on you. Blessings to you Funom Makama and peace in your stages. Looking forward to more reads from you :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Truly magnificent to glorify our God dear one! I am so very humbled by your words here. You are a very powerful and gifted poet no doubt. Such truths spoken here in your most exquisite words. Voted Way Up, except funny.

      God Bless you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      SparrowMinistries 4 years ago

      Up, awesome, and beautiful. I am encouraged and deeply inspired. Thank you for sharing!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

      By the looks of your wonderful facility with words, in prose and poem, you are in for a run of your hubbing days, my newbie friend! I love this and am looking forward to reading more. You are the real trend-setter here! Clicked all buttons except funny!

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      Juanita Holloway-Walters 4 years ago from Kemah, TX

      Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very awesome hub and a beautifully written poem !

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot my senior colleagues....

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Voted up and awesome....what great love and understanding you show in this tribute to God and what He has done for us and continues to do for us. God bless.

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      very beautiful...just like you. GOD bless and keep you always. voted up and beautiful and shared.

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      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Loved the poem! Beautiful and uplifting. This has inspired me to write poetry again. You are very talented and I look forward to reading more.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      tlmcgaa70 and shesabutterfly... Thanks a lot

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      What a beautiful message and fitting praise of our Lord. Btw, I love your cake metaphor. :) Love the Bible verse and pics too. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you. Voted up and beautiful. All the best!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      thanks a lot visionandfocus

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Such a beautiful poem with amazing rhyme. Love your metaphors of God's love for us.

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      MFB III 4 years ago from United States

      Superb thoughts expressed, as if a pebble was tossed by God into the waves of your brain, and what expanded from those ripples to us all, has become the words above. I enjoyed this. I do apologize for not writing more here, but the exclusive policy of not posting my work anywhere else but at hub pages , defeats the very purpose of my writing at all. I seek to reach the masses, not to amass likes or money or fame, they are all temporal, but to plant the seed of my thoughts into many many minds and watch them be moved by it, act on it, and live in a slightly different way because of it. Is the greatest wealth any man cold ever know. I have watched hardened veterans of many combat struggles ,weep openly over some of my work on POW's and MIA's. To move the bravest to tears, over the loss of their brothers is astounding to me. Men who truly expected other men around them to die, collateral damage in a common cause....but then find regret . Officers who ordered men to certain death all for the glorious causes of freedom, even though many times it wasn't for freedom, but simply to follow the whims of a mad leader. Writing is for righting the wrongs in the world, and when you can't accomplish that, then you try to make folks happier with pretty dreams crafted into words that others find comfort in . And if you fail at that, simply make them laugh. it feels so good to laugh even when the pain is beyond enduring. And then there is God, and the many blessings you were granted by him that you can offer to those who forget to turn to their maker. Such as your poem above. Thanks for listening. ~~~MFB III

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      CarolineVABC 4 years ago from Castaic

      A truly inspiring masterpiece, Fukon Nakama 3! Very well-written, and you are absolutely right that God will never forsake us, and His love "stands the test of time." I loved your poem, and the beautiful photos that go along with it! Excellent work! Keep at it. God bless!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      @ Minnetonka Twin.... Thanks a lot for your comment.

      @ MFB III..... I do not really know what to say than to say "woow"... Your words are so encouraging and I hope we enjoy the goodness of his presence.

      @Caroline VABC... Thanks a lot my friend. I really appreciate it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful!!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      thanks a lot always exploring

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Beautiful piece of writing.

      Thanks for your wonderful fan mail.

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      I enjoyed your simple poem and the wonderful message behind it. Thanks for your thoughtful fan mail. Happy hubbing!

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      butterflystar 4 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      beautiful :)

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Vinaya Ghimire, Ebower and butterflystar

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I LOVED IT! You are very talented my friend. God's love is enormous for us. You wrote a terrific poem!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is a beautiful poem written with great spirit and love!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Rusti Mccollum and Curiad

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      honeybee2u 4 years ago from PNG

      This is a beautiful poem my friend. I am blessed.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot honeybee2u

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      Kari 4 years ago from Texas

      dude that was just WOW. I'm actually studying this in my home group and this has just clarified my questions if you can believe that. I voted this up and beautiful and also awesome. Thank you for the fan mail again very uplifting. Thank you also for sharing such an amazing poem.

      -LunesisMidnight

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot LunesisMidnight

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      schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

      This is beautiful and thank you for following me and honoring me with such complimentary fan mail! I had no idea I made such an impact on someone(s). I'm grateful.!

      This is interesting, I'm not good with rhyme or meter, so may I ask, did you use any? I see the composition , and how you use a lot of rhyme words consistently which stood out to me.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Yes, I used the rhyme words.... Thanks a lot for your comment schoolgirldforreal.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Inspired and Inspiring. Thanks for sharing such outstanding talent.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot MSDora

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Absolutely beautiful Funom, voted up! nell

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Nell Rose

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      This poem is absolutely beautiful Funom ... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and voted up!

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      What a wonderful poem! So glad you left me fan mail and I happened to click over to your profile page to read about you. I am glad to meet you and to be able to follow you on HubPages. We are on this journey together.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      Thank God that His love never changes.............beautifully worded sentiments for God's purposes!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot UMHiram, Cathleena Beams and ExoticHippieQueen. Above all, thank God!

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      Leni Sands 4 years ago from UK

      Very well written poem, truly inspirational. Will check out your other hubs as well.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      It is so easy to be mislead. It is so easy to walk the wrong path, It is so easy to listen to lies that seem right. Sweet Christian Friends.. guard your heart.. Save it for Our Lord.. Stay in the Word.. Love GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART! Jesus told us that.

      GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!! Have a wonderful day in the Lord!

      sharing this wonderful hub on Facebook Prayer request page

      Debbie

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Debby.... God bless you too

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      I'm often inspired by the words of St. Paul, too. And he's still doing his good work if he is inspiring people almost 2000 years later. :0)

      Beautiful poem, Funom. It flows well, with lovely words. Love the pictures, that you included. They enhanced the sweetness of your presentation. Voted your hub Up and Beautiful. :0)

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      Temi Benjamin 4 years ago from Europe.

      Wow Makama! With this, just know I'm gonna be sticking around a lot longer! Voted up and shared bla bla bla ;)

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      LOL!... One of a kind comment Temi.... Thanks a lot

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      Love of God 4 years ago

      Love for God (philotheia) is associated with the concepts of piety, worship, and devotions towards God.[1]

      Love by God for human beings (philanthropia) is lauded in Psalm 52:1: "The steadfast love of God endures all the day"; Psalm 52:8: "I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever"; Romans 8:39: "Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God"; 2 Corinthians 13:14: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all"; 1 John 4:9: "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him"; etc.

      The Greek term theophilia means the love or favour of God,[2] and theophilos means friend of God, originally in the sense of being loved by God or loved by the gods;[3][4] but is today sometimes understood in the sense of showing love for God.[5][6][7]

      The Greek term agape is applied both to the love that human beings have for God and to the love that God has for man.

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      Bahá'í Faith 4 years ago

      The teachings of the Bahá'í Faith hold that the love of God (philanthropia) is the primary reason for human creation, and one of the primary purposes of life. The love of God purifies human hearts and through it humans become transformed and self-sacrificing, as they reflect more the attributes and qualities of God.[9][10] `Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion wrote: "There is nothing greater or more blessed than the Love of God! It gives healing to the sick, balm to the wounded, joy and consolation to the whole world, and through it alone can man attain Life Everlasting. The essence of all religions is the Love of God, and it is the foundation of all the sacred teachings."

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      Christianity 4 years ago

      The Old Testament uses a rich vocabulary to express the love of God, as a concept that appears in many instances.[12] However, the exegesis of the love of God in the Old Testament has presented problems for modern scholars.[13] The love of God appears in a number of texts (e.g. Hosea 1-3, and then in Ezek 16 and Isa 62) but resolving the references to produce a consistent interpretation has been challenging and subject to debate.[13]

      Both the terms love of God and love of Christ appear in the New Testament. In cases such as in Romans 8:35 and Romans 8:39 their use is related in the experience of the believer, without asserting their equality.[14] In John 14:31 Jesus expresses his love for God the Father.[15] This verse includes the only direct statement by Jesus in the New Testament about Jesus' love for God the Father.

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      Greek polytheism 4 years ago

      In polytheism, that which is loved by the gods (τὸ θεοφιλές) was identified as the virtuous or pious. Socrates famously asked whether this identification is a tautology, see Euthyphro dilemma.

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      The Greek "philotheos" and "theophilos"

      In Greek philotheos means "loving God, pious", as philosophos means a lover of wisdom (sophia). 2 Timothy 3:4, using the word philotheos in the plural form, speaks of certain people as φιλήδονοι μᾶλλον ἢ φιλόθεοι (lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God). The word Theophilos was and is used as a proper name, but does not appear as an adjective or common noun in Greek,[16] which uses instead the form theophilês, which means "dear to God" but also "loving God".

      However, Eric Voegelin used theophilos to mean "lover of God": "In the Phaedrus, Plato has Socrates describe the characteristics of the true thinker. When Phaedrus asks what one should call such a man, Socrates, following Heraclitus, replies that the term sophos, one who knows, would be excessive: this attribute may be applied to God alone: but one might well call him philosophos, a lover of wisdom. Thus in the classic sense and reference of 'philosophy', actual knowledge is reserved to God; finite man can only be the lover of knowledge, not himself the one who possesses knowledge. In the meaning of the passage, the lover of the knowledge that belongs only to the knowing God, the philosophos, becomes the theophilos, the lover of God."

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      Hinduism 4 years ago

      In Hinduism, in contrast to kāma, which is selfish, or pleasurable love, prema – or prem – refers to elevated love. Karuna is compassion and mercy, which impels one to help reduce the suffering of others. Bhakti is a Sanskrit term, meaning "loving devotion to the supreme God." A person who practices bhakti is called a bhakta. Hindu writers, theologians, and philosophers have distinguished nine forms of bhakti, which can be found in the Bhagavata Purana and works by Tulsidas. The philosophical work Narada Bhakti Sutras, written by an unknown author (presumed to be Narada), distinguishes eleven forms of love.

      On the mystic side of Hinduism, one of the forms of Yoga includes Ishvarapranidhana, or self-surrender to God, and His worship.

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      Bhakti movements 4 years ago

      Devotees of Krishna worship him in different emotional, transcendental raptures, known as rasas. Two major systems of Krishna worship developed, each with its own philosophical system. These two systems are aishwaryamaya bhakti and madhuryamaya bhakti. Aishwaryamaya bhakti is revealed in the abode of queens and kingdom of Krishna in Dwaraka. Madhuryamaya Bhakti is revealed in the abode of Braja. Thus Krishna is variously worshipped according to the development of devotee's taste in worshipping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, as father, friend, master, beloved and many different varieties which are all extraordinary. Krishna is famous as Makhanchor, or butter thief. He loved to eat butter and is the beloved of his little village in Gokul. These are all transcendental descriptions. Thus they are revealed to the sincere devotees in proportion to the development in their love of Godhead. Vaishnavism is a form of monotheism, sometimes described as 'polymorphic monotheism', with implication that there are many forms of one original deity, defined as belief in a single unitary deity who takes many forms. In Krishnaism this deity is Krishna, sometimes referred as intimate deity - as compared with the numerous four-armed forms of Narayana or Vishnu.[18] It may refer to either of the interrelated concepts of the love of God towards creation, the love of creatures towards God or relationship between the two as in bhakti.

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      Islam 4 years ago

      The love of God, and the fear of God, are two of the foundations of Islam. The highest spiritual attainment in Islam is related to the love of God. “Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides God, as equal (with God): They love them as they should love God. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for God.” (Quran 2:165)

      Islam, as Christianity, has numerous mystics and traditions about the love of God, as in:

      “O lovers! The religion of the love of God is not found in Islam alone.

      In the realm of love, there is neither belief, nor unbelief.” (Rumi)

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      Judaism 4 years ago

      The love of God has been called the "essence of Judaism." “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut. 6:5)

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      The Love of God 4 years ago

      Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.

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      Dieter F. Uchtdorf 4 years ago

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continually growing and becoming better known throughout the world. Although there will always be those who stereotype the Church and its members in a negative way, most people think of us as honest, helpful, and hardworking. Some have images of clean-cut missionaries, loving families, and friendly neighbors who don’t smoke or drink. We might also be known as a people who attend church every Sunday for three hours, in a place where everyone is a brother or a sister, where the children sing songs about streams that talk, trees that produce popcorn, and children who want to become sunbeams.

      Brothers and sisters, of all the things we want to be known for, are there attributes above all others that should define us as members of His Church, even as disciples of Jesus Christ? Since our last general conference six months ago, I have pondered this and similar questions. Today I would like to share with you some thoughts and impressions that have come as a result of that inquiry. The first question is:

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      How Can We Hear the Father’s Voice? 4 years ago

      As you reach out to your Heavenly Father, as you pray to Him in the name of Christ, He will answer you. He speaks to us everywhere.

      As you read God’s word recorded in the scriptures, listen for His voice.

      During this general conference and later as you study the words spoken here, listen for His voice.

      As you visit the temple and attend Church meetings, listen for His voice.

      Listen for the voice of the Father in the bounties and beauties of nature, in the gentle whisperings of the Spirit.

      In your daily interactions with others, in the words of a hymn, in the laughter of a child, listen for His voice.

      If you listen for the voice of the Father, He will lead you on a course that will allow you to experience the pure love of Christ.

      As we draw near to Heavenly Father, we become more holy. And as we become more holy, we will overcome disbelief and our souls will be filled with His blessed light. As we align our lives with this supernal light, it leads us out of darkness and toward greater light. This greater light leads to the unspeakable ministerings of the Holy Spirit, and the veil between heaven and earth can become thin.

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      Why Is Love the Great Commandment? 4 years ago

      Heavenly Father’s love for His children is the core message of the plan of happiness, which plan is made active through the Atonement of Jesus Christ—the greatest expression of love the world has ever known. 16

      How clearly the Savior spoke when He said that every other commandment hangs upon the principle of love. 17 If we do not neglect the great laws—if we truly learn to love our Heavenly Father and our fellowman with all our heart, soul, and mind—all else will fall into place.

      The divine love of God turns ordinary acts into extraordinary service. Divine love is the motive that transports simple words into sacred scripture. Divine love is the factor that transforms reluctant compliance with God’s commandments into blessed dedication and consecration.

      Love is the guiding light that illuminates the disciple’s path and fills our daily walk with life, meaning, and wonder.

      Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.

      Love is the way of the disciple.

      I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you.

      Let me conclude as I began, my dear brothers and sisters: what attribute should define us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

      Let us be known as a people who love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and who love our neighbor as ourselves. When we understand and practice these two great commandments in our families, in our wards and branches, in our nations, and in our daily lives, we will begin to understand what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus the Christ. Of this I testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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      The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 4 years ago

      There are three things told us in Scripture concerning the nature of God. First, "God is spirit" (John 4:24). In the Greek there is no indefinite article, and to say "God is a spirit" is most objectionable, for it places Him in a class with others. God is "spirit" in the highest sense. Because He is "spirit" He is incorporeal, having no visible substance. Had God a tangible body, He would not be omnipresent, He would be limited to one place; because He is spirit He fills heaven and earth. Second, God is light (1 John 1:5), which is the opposite of "darkness." In Scripture "darkness" stands for sin, evil, death; and "light" for holiness, goodness, life. God is light, means that He is the sum of all excellency. Third, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). It is not simply that God "loves," but that He is Love itself. Love is not merely one of His attributes, but His very nature.

      There are many today who talk about the love of God, who are total strangers to the God of love. The Divine love is commonly regarded as a species of amiable weakness, a sort of good-natured indulgence; it is reduced to a mere sickly sentiment, patterned after human emotion. Now the truth is that on this, as on everything else, our thoughts need to be formed and regulated by what is revealed thereon in Holy Scripture. That there is urgent need for this is apparent not only from the ignorance which so generally prevails, but also from the low state of spirituality which is now so sadly evident everywhere among professing Christians. How little real love there is for God. One chief reason for this is because our hearts are so little occupied with His wondrous love for His people. The better we are acquainted with His love—its character, fulness, blessedness—the more will our hearts be drawn out in love to Him.

      1. The love of God is uninfluenced. By this we mean, there was nothing whatever in the objects of His love to call it into exercise, nothing in the creature to attract or prompt it. The love which one creature has for another is because of something in them; but the love of God is free, spontaneous, uncaused. The only reason why God loves any is found in His own sovereign will: "The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved thee" (Deut. 7:7,8). God has loved His people from everlasting, and therefore nothing of the creature can be the cause of what is found in God from eternity. He loves from Himself: "according to His own purpose" (2 Tim. 1:9).

      "We love Him, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). God did not love us because we loved Him, but He loved us before we had a particle of love for Him. Had God loved us in return for ours, then it would not be spontaneous on His part; but because He loved us when we were loveless, it is clear that His love was uninfluenced. It is highly important if God is to be honored and the heart of His child established, that we should be quite clear upon this precious truth. God’s love for me, and for each of "His own," was entirely unmoved by anything in them. What was there in me to attract the heart of God? Absolutely nothing. But, to the contrary, everything to repel Him, everything calculated to make Him loathe me—sinful, depraved, a mass of corruption, with "no good thing" in me.

      "What was there in me that could merit esteem,

      Or give the Creator delight?

      ‘Twas even so, Father, I ever must sing,

      Because it seemed good, in Thy sight."

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      The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 4 years ago

      2. It is eternal. This of necessity. God Himself is eternal, and God is love; therefore, as God Himself had no beginning, His love had none. Granted that such a concept far transcends the grasp of our feeble minds, nevertheless, where we cannot comprehend, we can bow in adoring worship. How clear is the testimony of Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee." How blessed to know that the great and holy God loved His people before heaven and earth were called into existence, that He had set His heart upon them from all eternity. Clear proof is this that His love is spontaneous, for He loved them endless ages before they had any being.

      The same precious truth is set forth in Ephesians 1:4,5, "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him. In love having predestinated us." What praise should this evoke from each of His children! How tranquilizing for the heart: since God’s love toward me had no beginning, it can have no ending! Since it be true that "from everlasting to everlasting" He is God, and since God is "love," then it is equally true that "from everlasting to everlasting" He loves His people.

      3. It is sovereign. This also is self-evident. God Himself is sovereign, under obligations to none, a law unto Himself, acting always according to His own imperial pleasure. Since God be sovereign, and since He be love, it necessarily follows that His love is sovereign. Because God is God, He does as He pleases; because God is love, He loves whom He pleases. Such is His own express affirmation: "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" (Rom. 9:19). There was no more reason in Jacob why he should be the object of Divine love, than there was in Esau. They both had the same parents, and were born at the same time, being twins; yet God loved the one and hated the other! Why? Because it pleased Him to do so.

      The sovereignty of God’s love necessarily follows from the fact that it is uninfluenced by anything in the creature. Thus, to affirm that the cause of His love lies in God Himself, is only another way of saying, He loves whom He pleases. For a moment, assume the opposite. Suppose God’s love were regulated by anything else than His will, in such a case He would love by rule, and loving by rule He would be under a law of love, and then so far from being free, God would Himself be ruled by law. "In love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to"—what? Some excellency which He foresaw in them? No; what then? "According to the good pleasure of His will" (Eph. 1:4,5).

      4. It is infinite. Everything about God is infinite. His essence fills heaven and earth. His wisdom is illimitable, for He knows everything of the past, present and future. His power is unbounded, for there is nothing too hard for Him. So His love is without limit. There is a depth to it which none can fathom; there is a height to it which none can scale; there is a length and breadth to it which defies measurement, by any creature-standard. Beautifully is this intimated in Ephesians 2:4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us: the word "great" there is parallel with the "God so loved" of John 3:16. It tells us that the love of God is so transcendent it cannot be estimated.

      No tongue can fully express the infinitude of God’s love, or any mind comprehend it: it "passeth knowledge" Eph. 3:19). The most extensive ideas that a finite mind can frame about Divine love, are infinitely below its true nature. The heaven is not so far above the earth as the goodness of God is beyond the most raised conceptions which we are able to form of it. It is an ocean which swells higher than all the mountains of opposition in such as are the objects of it. It is a fountain from which flows all necessary good to all those who are interested in it (John Brine, 1743).

      5. It is immutable. As with God Himself there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17), so His love knows neither change or diminution. The worm Jacob supplies a forceful example of this: "Jacob have I loved," declared Jehovah, and despite all his unbelief and waywardness, He never ceased to love him. John 13:1 furnishes another beautiful illustration. That very night one of the apostles would say, "Show us the Father"; another would deny Him with cursings; all of them would be scandalized by and forsake Him. Nevertheless "having loved His own which were in the world, He love them unto the end." The Divine love is subject to no vicissitudes. Divine love is "strong as death ... many waters cannot quench it" (Song of Sol. 8:6,7). Nothing can separate from it: Romans 8:35-39.

      "His love no end nor measure knows,

      No change can turn its course,

      Eternally the same it flows

      From one eternal source."

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      The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 4 years ago

      6. It is holy. God’s love is not regulated by caprice passion, or sentiment, but by principle. Just as His grace reigns not at the expense of it, but "through righteousness" (Rom. 5:21), so His love never conflicts with His holiness. "God is light" (1 John 1:5) is mentioned before "God is love" (1 John 4:8). God’s love is no mere amiable weakness, or effeminate softness. Scripture declares, "whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth" (Heb. 12:6). God will not wink at sin, even in His own people. His love is pure, unmixed with any maudlin sentimentality.

      7. It is gracious. The love and favor of God are inseparable. This is clearly brought out in Romans 8:32-39. What that love is from which there can be no "separation," is easily perceived from the design and scope of the immediate context: it is that goodwill and grace of God which determined Him to give His Son for sinners. That love was the impulsive power of Christ’s incarnation: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16). Christ died not in order to make God love us, but because He did love His people, Calvary is the supreme demonstration of Divine love. Whenever you are tempted to doubt the love of God, Christian reader, go back to Calvary.

      Here then is abundant cause for trust and patience under Divine affliction. Christ was beloved of the Father, yet He was not exempted from poverty, disgrace, and persecution. He hungered and thirsted. Thus, it was not incompatible with God’s love for Christ when He permitted men to spit upon and smite Him. Then let no Christian call into question God’s love when he is brought under painful afflictions and trials. God did not enrich Christ on earth with temporal prosperity, for "He had not where to lay His head." But He did give Him the Spirit "without measure" (John 3:34). Learn then that spiritual blessings are the principal gifts of Divine love. How blessed to know that when the world hates us ,God loves us!

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      Don .A. Carson 4 years ago

      2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25-48

      2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25-48

      THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE VISION disclosed by the heavenly messenger to Daniel occupies Daniel 11 and the first part of Daniel 12. Although the meaning of many of the details is not easy to sort out, the main lines of thought are reasonably clear.

      The Persian Empire is in view in 11:2. The standpoint of the vision, according to 10:1, is the reign of Cyrus. Who are the other four kings? The Persian Empire lasted two more centuries and produced nine kings (not counting usurpers between Cambyses and Darius I). Are the four the most prominent? The ones mentioned in Scripture (Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes [=Ahasuerus], Artaxerxes)? We do not know.

      The Greek conqueror (11:3-4) is Alexander the Great, and the four kingdoms into which his empire was broken up have already been mentioned (Daniel 8; see meditation for October 23). The running struggles between the king of the south (the Ptolemies) and the king of the north (the Seleucids) found Jews squeezed between the two. Eventually the north prevailed (11:5-20). The one who sent out the tax collector (11:20) is almost universally recognized to be Seleucus IV, who died in 175 B.C. The “contemptible person” (11:21-39 [or possibly 21-45]) is undoubtedly Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a Seleucid monarch we have met before (October 23).

      Readers of this book who love history should read Josephus, I Maccabees and II Maccabees, and contemporary reconstructions of the dramatic events of that period. There is no space here to survey that turbulent history. Yet we must ask why Scripture devotes so much space to it. From certain perspectives, Antiochus IV Epiphanes was not very significant. So why all this attention?

      There are at least two reasons. First, at one level Antiochus attempted something new and profoundly evil. The oppression the Jews had suffered up to this point was diverse, but it was not like this. The ancient Egyptians had enslaved them, but did not try to impose their own religion on them. During the period of the judges, the Israelites were constantly running after pagan deities; when the pagans prevailed they imposed taxes and cruel subjugation, but not ideology. With the exception of one brief experiment by Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 3), Assyria and Babylon did not forcibly impose polytheism. But here is Antiochus IV Epiphanes outlawing Israelite faith, killing those found with any part of Torah in their possession, militarily imposing and coercing a pagan worldview. The people suffer, and God eventually saves them. Second, canonically this brutal period of history becomes a model, a type, of ideological oppression, suffering, and martyrdom against the church. What New Testament passages reflect this?

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      Agape 4 years ago

      Agape ( /ˈæɡəpiː/[1] or /əˈɡɑːpeɪ/; Classical Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη IPA: [aˈɣapi]) is one of the Koine Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man.[2] Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love.[citation needed]. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors and Christian authors. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philos (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection) and eros, an affection of a sexual nature. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being.

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      Christianity 4 years ago

      A journalist of Time Magazine has described John 3:16 as "one of the most famous and well-known Bible verses. It has been called the 'Gospel in a nutshell' because it is considered a summary of the central doctrines of Christianity."[4] The verb translated "love" in this verse is agapao.

      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.

      —John 3:16, KJV

      Agape received a broader usage under later Christian writers as the word that specifically denoted "Christian" love or "charity" (1 Corinthians 13:1–8), or even God himself (1 John 4:8, ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν, "God is Love").

      The term agape is rarely used in ancient manuscripts, but was used by the early Christians to refer to the self-sacrificing love of God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another (also see kenosis). When 1 John 4:8 says "God is love," the Greek New Testament uses the word agape to describe God's love.

      Agape has been expounded on by many Christian writers in a specifically Christian context. C. S. Lewis, in his book The Four Loves, used agape to describe what he believed was the highest level of love known to humanity—a selfless love, a love that was passionately committed to the well-being of the other.[5] In his book, The Pilgrimage, author Paulo Coelho defines it as "the love that consumes," i.e., the highest and purest form of love, one that surpasses all other types of affection.[citation needed]

      The Christian usage of the term agape comes almost directly from the canonical Gospels' accounts of the teachings of Jesus. When asked what was the great commandment, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40)

      In the King James Version of the New Testament, the word agape is translated "charity" [in some places] which has a contemporary connotation of giving to meet needs of the less fortunate.[5]

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      Judaism 4 years ago

      In Judaism, the first ("...love the LORD your God...") is the Shema, the second ("...love your neighbor...") is the second greater commandment.

      In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

      You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love (agape) your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love (agape) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?

      —Matthew 5:43-46, RSV

      Christian writers have generally described agape as a form of love which is both unconditional and voluntary.[citation needed]. Tertullian, in his 2nd century defense of Christians, remarks how Christian love attracted pagan notice: "What marks us in the eyes of our enemies is our loving kindness. 'Only look,' they say, 'look how they love one another' " (Apology 39).

      Anglican theologian O. C. Quick cautions however that this agape within human experience is "a very partial and rudimentary realization," and that "in its pure form it is essentially divine." Quick suggests that,

      If we could imagine the love of one who loves men purely for their own sake, and not because of any need or desire of his own, purely desires their good, and yet loves them wholly, not for what at this moment they are, but for what he knows he can make of them because he made them, then we should have in our minds some true image of the love of the Father and Creator of mankind.[6]

      In the New Testament the word agape is often used to describe God's love. However, other forms of the word agape (such as agapao) are at times used in a negative sense. Such examples include:

      2 Timothy 4:10—"...for Demas has forsaken me, having loved [agapao] this present world...."

      John 12:43—"for they loved [agapao] the praise of men more than the praise from God."

      John 3:19—"but men loved [agapao] darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."

      In these cases, the sense is of the object of that agape love being a form of idol, taking the place that should be God's own.

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      Meal 4 years ago

      The word agape in its plural form is used in the New Testament to describe a meal or feast eaten by early Christians, as in Jude 1:12, and 2nd Peter 2:13. It is sometimes believed to be either related to the Eucharist, or another term used for the Eucharist.

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      What is agape love? 4 years ago

      Answer: The Greek word agape is often translated "love" in the New Testament. How is "agape love" different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. Unlike our English word “love,” agape is not used in the Bible to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Nor does agape mean charity, a term which the King James translators carried over from the Latin. Agape love is unique and is distinguished by its nature and character.

      Agape is love which is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself. The Apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself. Everything God does flows from His love. But it is important to remember that God’s love is not a sappy, sentimental love such as we often hear portrayed. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. He loves the unlovable and the unlovely (us!), not because we deserve to be loved, but because it is His nature to do so, and He must be true to His nature and character. God’s love is displayed most clearly at the Cross, where Christ died for the unworthy creatures who were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), not because we did anything to deserve it, “but God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The object of agape love never does anything to merit His love. We are the undeserving recipients upon whom He lavishes that love. His love was demonstrated when He sent His Son into the world to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), and to provide eternal life to those He sought and saved. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for those He loves.

      In the same way, we are to love others sacrificially. Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of sacrifice for the sake of others, even for those who may care nothing at all for us, or even hate us, as the Jews did the Samaritans. Sacrificial love is not based on a feeling, but a determined act of the will, a joyful resolve to put the welfare of others above our own. But this type of love does not come naturally to humans. Because of our fallen nature, we are incapable of producing such a love. If we are to love as God loves, that love—that agape—can only come from its true Source. This is the love which “has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us” when we became His children (Romans 5:5). Because that love is now in our hearts, we can obey Jesus who said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34). This new commandment involves loving one another as He loved us sacrificially, even to the point of death. But again, it is clear that only God can generate within us the kind of self-sacrificing love which is the proof that we are His children. “By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Because of God’s love toward us, we are now able to love one another.

      Recommended Resource: The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson.

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      What is Agape? 4 years ago

      efinition: Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.

      This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers:

      Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. (John 14:21, NIV)

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      What Is Agape Love, Anyway? 4 years ago

      "May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." - 2 Thessalonians 3:5

      You have probably heard the term "agape love," but may not be real clear on what it means. What is agape love? How is it any different from the dozens of other ways we use the word love? First, let's understand what it is not. It is not romantic love, because people of all faiths (and no faiths) experience romantic love. Secondly, it is not brotherly love, where you have a natural chemistry with another person. Terrorists and members of the mafia experience brotherly love. There's certainly nothing uniquely Christian about that!

      Agape love is unconditional love. It is a choice we make to love another person whether they love us back or not. It means that you choose to love someone even if he is your enemy! Agape love is not based on emotion at all. In fact, it may be contrary to our every emotion. It is an act of the will.

      Agape love presents a real challenge for us Christians. It is tough to live out because it's hard to love someone who doesn't respond to you in the way you would desire. And all of us are going to have certain individuals—even within the body of Christ—that we have to struggle to love. And yet, God's word is very clear: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. Now, you couldn't find a more clear command about what we're called to do as followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus "agape loves" us and commands us to "agape love" others.

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      Christian Love? Bible Study on Agape Love? 4 years ago

      Agape (ah-gah-pay) is the major word used for Godly "love" in the New Testament. This lens explores the meanings and uses of the words in the Bible and links many resources for the reader. There are three major Greek words which can be translated as "love" in English, each with different implications. The two most common were eros(which refers to sexual love), and philos (which means friendship or brotherly love). Eros is not actually found in the New Testament, but philosoccurs 26 times.

      Among Christians, agape came to mean the unearned love God had for people - a love so great that God was willing to send his only begotten son to suffer and die on our behalf.

      John 3:16 AMPLIFIED BIBLE For God so greatly loved (AGAPE) and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life

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      Philosophy of Love: An Overview 4 years ago

      examines the nature of love and some of the ethical and political ramifications. For the philosopher, the question “what is love?” generates a host of issues: love is an abstract noun which means for some it is a word unattached to anything real or sensible, that is all; for others, it is a means by which our being – our self and its world – are irrevocably affected once we are ‘touched by love’; some have sought to analyze it, others have preferred to leave it in the realm of the ineffable.

      Yet it is undeniable that love plays an enormous and unavoidable role in our several cultures; we find it discussed in song, film, and novels – humorously or seriously; it is a constant theme of maturing life and a vibrant theme for youth. Philosophically, the nature of love has, since the time of the Ancient Greeks, been a mainstay in philosophy, producing theories that range from the materialistic conception of love as purely a physical phenomenon – an animalistic or genetic urge that dictates our behavior – to theories of love as an intensely spiritual affair that in its highest permits us to touch divinity. Historically, in the Western tradition, Plato’s Symposium presents the initiating text, for it provides us with an enormously influential and attractive notion that love is characterized by a series of elevations, in which animalistic desire or base lust is superseded by a more intellectual conception of love which also is surpassed by what may be construed by a theological vision of love that transcends sensual attraction and mutuality. Since then there have been detractors and supporters of Platonic love as well as a host of alternative theories – including that of Plato’s student, Aristotle and his more secular theory of true love reflecting what he described as ‘two bodies and one soul.’

      The philosophical treatment of love transcends a variety of sub-disciplines including epistemology, metaphysics, religion, human nature, politics and ethics. Often statements or arguments concerning love, its nature and role in human life for example connect to one or all the central theories of philosophy, and is often compared with, or examined in the context of, the philosophies of sex and gender as well as body and intentionality. The task of a philosophy of love is to present the appropriate issues in a cogent manner, drawing on relevant theories of human nature, desire, ethics, and so on.

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      The Nature of Love: Romantic Love 4 years ago

      Romantic love is deemed to be of a higher metaphysical and ethical status than sexual or physical attractiveness alone. The idea of romantic love initially stems from the Platonic tradition that love is a desire for beauty-a value that transcends the particularities of the physical body. For Plato, the love of beauty culminates in the love of philosophy, the subject that pursues the highest capacity of thinking. The romantic love of knights and damsels emerged in the early medieval ages (11th Century France, fine amour) a philosophical echo of both Platonic and Aristotelian love and literally a derivative of the Roman poet, Ovid and his Ars Amatoria. Romantic love theoretically was not to be consummated, for such love was transcendentally motivated by a deep respect for the lady; however, it was to be actively pursued in chivalric deeds rather than contemplated-which is in contrast to Ovid’s persistent sensual pursuit of conquests!

      Modern romantic love returns to Aristotle’s version of the special love two people find in each other’s virtues-one soul and two bodies, as he poetically puts it. It is deemed to be of a higher status, ethically, aesthetically, and even metaphysically than the love that behaviorists or physicalists describe.

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      The Nature of Love: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual 4 years ago

      Some may hold that love is physical, i.e., that love is nothing but a physical response to another whom the agent feels physically attracted to. Accordingly, the action of loving encompasses a broad range of behavior including caring, listening, attending to, preferring to others, and so on. (This would be proposed by behaviorists). Others (physicalists, geneticists) reduce all examinations of love to the physical motivation of the sexual impulse-the simple sexual instinct that is shared with all complex living entities, which may, in humans, be directed consciously, sub-consciously or pre-rationally toward a potential mate or object of sexual gratification.

      Physical determinists, those who believe the world to entirely physical and that every event has a prior (physical cause), consider love to be an extension of the chemical-biological constituents of the human creature and be explicable according to such processes. In this vein, geneticists may invoke the theory that the genes (an individual’s DNA) form the determining criteria in any sexual or putative romantic choice, especially in choosing a mate. However, a problem for those who claim that love is reducible to the physical attractiveness of a potential mate, or to the blood ties of family and kin which forge bonds of filial love, is that it does not capture the affections between those who cannot or wish not to reproduce-that is, physicalism or determinism ignores the possibility of romantic, ideational love—it may explain eros, but not philia or agape.

      Behaviorism, which stems from the theory of the mind and asserts a rejection of Cartesian dualism between mind and body, entails that love is a series of actions and preferences which is thereby observable to oneself and others. The behaviorist theory that love is observable (according to the recognizable behavioral constraints corresponding to acts of love) suggests also that it is theoretically quantifiable: that A acts in a certain way (actions X,Y,Z) around B, more so than he does around C, suggests that he “loves” B more than C. The problem with the behaviorist vision of love is that it is susceptible to the poignant criticism that a person’s actions need not express their inner state or emotions—A may be a very good actor. Radical behaviorists, such as B. F. Skinner, claim that observable and unobservable behavior such as mental states can be examined from the behaviorist framework, in terms of the laws of conditioning. On this view, that one falls in love may go unrecognised by the casual observer, but the act of being in love can be examined by what events or conditions led to the agent’s believing she was in love: this may include the theory that being in love is an overtly strong reaction to a set of highly positive conditions in the behavior or presence of another.

      Expressionist love is similar to behaviorism in that love is considered an expression of a state of affairs towards a beloved, which may be communicated through language (words, poetry, music) or behavior (bringing flowers, giving up a kidney, diving into the proverbial burning building), but which is a reflection of an internal, emotional state, rather than an exhibition of physical responses to stimuli. Others in this vein may claim love to be a spiritual response, the recognition of a soul that completes one’s own soul, or complements or augments it. The spiritualist vision of love incorporates mystical as well as traditional romantic notions of love, but rejects the behaviorist or physicalist explanations.

      Those who consider love to be an aesthetic response would hold that love is knowable through the emotional and conscious feeling it provokes yet which cannot perhaps be captured in rational or descriptive language: it is instead to be captured, as far as that is possible, by metaphor or by music.

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      Love: Ethics and Politics 4 years ago

      The ethical aspects in love involve the moral appropriateness of loving, and the forms it should or should not take. The subject area raises such questions as: is it ethically acceptable to love an object, or to love oneself? Is love to oneself or to another a duty? Should the ethically minded person aim to love all people equally? Is partial love morally acceptable or permissible (that is, not right, but excusable)? Should love only involve those with whom the agent can have a meaningful relationship? Should love aim to transcend sexual desire or physical appearances? May notions of romantic, sexual love apply to same sex couples? Some of the subject area naturally spills into the ethics of sex, which deals with the appropriateness of sexual activity, reproduction, hetero and homosexual activity, and so on.

      In the area of political philosophy, love can be studied from a variety of perspectives. For example, some may see love as an instantiation of social dominance by one group (males) over another (females), in which the socially constructed language and etiquette of love is designed to empower men and disempower women. On this theory, love is a product of patriarchy, and acts analogously to Karl Marx’s view of religion (the opiate of the people) that love is the opiate of women. The implication is that were they to shrug off the language and notions of “love,” “being in love,” “loving someone,” and so on, they would be empowered. The theory is often attractive to feminists and Marxists, who view social relations (and the entire panoply of culture, language, politics, institutions) as reflecting deeper social structures that divide people into classes, sexes, and races.

      This article has touched on some of the main elements of the philosophy of love. It reaches into many philosophical fields, notably theories of human nature, the self, and of the mind. The language of love, as it is found in other languages as well as in English, is similarly broad and deserves more attention.

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      Agape Love A Tradition Found in Eight World Religions 4 years ago

      The tradition of agape, or unconditional love, is not exclusive to any one religion. Actually, it is a major underlying principle found in religions worldwide. The concept of altruistic love is one that challenges the spiritual person to "love your enemies," or to "love without thought of return." It is a love that flows out to others in the form of compassion, kindness, tenderness, and charitable giving.

      Buddhists have a path of compassion, where caring for others becomes the motivating force behind existence. Hindus have a branch of yoga, the heart-centered path, that leads to enlightenment through an overwhelming love for God that takes the form of loving all of humanity. Eastern religions, such as Taoism and Confucianism, see transcendent love as essential part of true wisdom.

      The universal theme of love is found in all religious traditions, Buddhist, Christian, Islam, or others. As we begin realize that all religions have at their core this spiritual principle of love, we can develop a sense of common humanity. The religious tradition of agape love examined in this book will serve as an inspiration for those who are learning to grow in compassion and love for all people.

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      The Challenge of “Agape” Love By Wayne Jackson 4 years ago

      The New Testament was written in Koine Greek. The word Koine denotes “common,” because this style of Greek was the language of the common man-on-the-street during the time of Christ.

      Koine Greek came into vogue about 300 years before the birth of Jesus, and it became an obsolete language about three centuries after the Lord’s death. It was the most precise instrument for the conveyance of human thought that the world has ever known. Without doubt, this language was providentially employed by God in giving the world the New Testament revelation of his Son.

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      The “Love” Vocabulary 4 years ago

      Koine Greek had several words representing different aspects of love. Eros generally had to do with sexual love. From this term derives the English “erotic.” This word, however, is never found in the New Testament.

      Then there was the noun storge. This term was primarily employed of family affection. Paul used a negative form of it in describing the base traits of certain pagans of his day. He spoke of those who were “without natural affection” (astorgous-Romans 1:31).

      A very common word for love during the apostolic age was philia. It is the word of genuine affection — heart love. It is seen in the name, Philadelphia (brotherly love). Jesus had this kind of love for his closest disciple, John (John 20:2), and for Lazarus (John 11:3).

      The noblest form of love, however, was agape. William Barclay, in his superb discussion of this word, noted:

      Agape has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live (1974, 21).

      It is the kind of love that we must have for all men — even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). The Christian must always act out of love, i.e., in the best interest of his fellow human beings.

      Unquestionably, the most exhaustive treatment of what this kind of love involves is found in 1 Corinthians, chapter thirteen. Within this context, the inspired apostle gives more than a dozen descriptives which regulate the operation of agape love.

      And what a challenge they are. To study them carefully is to come to the rude awakening of how far we fall short of measuring up to the divine ideal of concern for others. The following is the sacred text as it appears in the English Standard Version.

      Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (4-8a).

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      The Context 4 years ago

      A word must be said regarding the context in which agape is employed in this epistle. By the imposition of apostolic hands (cf. Acts 8:18; 2 Corinthians 9:2), some members of the Corinthian church had been granted certain supernatural gifts (e.g., the gift of healing, speaking in a foreign language, translating a foreign tongue, etc.; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11).

      Some of these Corinthian gift-holders, however, were abusing their spiritual privileges—exercising the signs as an end within themselves, and not out of regard for their family in the Lord. For example, sometimes there would be multiple verbal presentations simultaneously, creating a climate of confusion (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:29-33). That was hardly conducive to learning.

      In addition, the apostle noted that the time was coming when these gifts would be removed from the church’s possession. When the revelatory process was completed (with the finished product of the New Testament), the gifts would cease (1 Corinthians 13:8ff). The discussion of “love” thus serves a twofold function in 1 Corinthians 13. First, it seeks to regulate selfish abuses of spiritual gifts; second, love’s abiding nature is contrasted with the temporal character of miraculous gifts. In the balance of this discussion, we will reflect upon the quality of agape love as described in this context.

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      The Character of Love 4 years ago

      Long-suffering

      The word makrothumei literally hints of taking a long time to get angry! In the New Testament, it has to do with how one should respond to abuse. Love patiently waits and attempts to win over one’s adversary.

      William Barclay tells the following enlightening story. Edwin Stanton was the bitter opponent of Abraham Lincoln in the early days of their political careers. Stanton characterized the awkward-looking Lincoln as a clown, a gorilla, etc. When Lincoln became president, however, he appointed Stanton as his secretary of war, because he felt that he was the best man for the job. Later, when President Lincoln lay dead from Booth’s bullet, at the bedside Stanton tearfully said: “There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.” Patience had conquered (1956, 133).

      Kind

      A wise man declared: “That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness” (Proverbs 19:22). Kindness includes attributes like friendliness, compassion, generosity, and tenderness. To be kind is to be God-like (Luke 6:35).

      In a world that is saturated with harshness, a kind disposition is a refreshing breeze. There is many a woman who would trade a handsome husband for a kind one. Kindness would stifle the plague of child abuse. More kindness among brothers in the Lord would alleviate so much church trouble. The Scriptures demand that we be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32).

      Not Envious

      The consuming flames of jealousy are as cruel as hell (Song of Solomon 8:6). What is jealousy? Jealousy is a feeling of displeasure caused by the prosperity of another, coupled with a desire to wrest the advantage from the person who is the object of one’s envy. The loving person will rejoice at the success of others. Jealousy has destroyed many a home and church. Envy was one of the sins responsible for the death of Christ (Matthew 27:18; cf. Acts 7:9; 17:5).

      Not Boastful

      “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth” (Proverbs 27:2). Is there anyone more of a bore than a braggart? Genuine love is selfless. It seeks to extol the virtues of others. Love has words of encouragement for the lonely, the downtrodden, and others who deserve and need uplifting. But some are ever tooting their own horns. When a windbag preacher boasts that were it not for his efforts the whole brotherhood of Christ would be immersed in apostasy, one cannot but be reminded of this descriptive.

      Not Arrogant

      The original language here denotes one who is inflated with a sense of personal pride. Pride is unreasonable self-esteem, generally accompanied by insolence and rude treatment of others. It deceives the heart (Jeremiah 49:16), hardens the mind (Daniel 5:20), and results in destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Love is characterized by genuine humility.

      Not Rude

      The Greek expression here literally suggests the notion of being “without form.” It encompasses all sorts of evil activity, bad manners, and brutal rudeness. Love doesn’t deliberately seek to be offensive.

      Have you known anyone who took pride in his ability to bludgeon others? The Christian’s vocabulary should be characterized by such expressions as, “No, you first,” “Please,” “Thank you,” “How may I help you?” etc. Love operates with determined politeness. The terms “gentleman” and “lady” should reach their zenith in the context of Christianity.

      Not Egocentric

      The meaning is: love does not pursue its own interests. Love is not selfish. It has been said that there are two kinds of people: those who are always thinking of their rights, and those who concentrate on their responsibilities. Ours is an age of woeful selfishness.

      Everyone is protective of their own rights, but in far too many instances the disposition evolves into an attitude that says: “Let others fend for themselves; I’m looking after ‘Number One.’” After all, it’s a jungle out there—a dog-eat-dog world. Whence came the origin of this fang-and-claw philosophy?

      Whence the origin of this fang-and-claw philosophy? Satan adopted it first, and he was followed by a long line of henchmen, e.g., Darwin, Nietzsche, Lenin, Hitler, et al.

      By way of stark contrast was the sacrificial example of the Son of God (Philippians 2:5-8), the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 12:15), Timothy (Philippians 2:20), and numerous souls since those ancient times. Love thinks of others and seeks to serve.

      Not Quickly Provoked

      Love does not have a short fuse; it does not stroll about with a chip on its shoulder. Some folks are cocked, just ready to explode. Their day is ruined if someone does not provide the opportunity for them to give a piece of their mind. Genuine love does everything possible to avoid combat. If conflict for truth has to come, so be it; but one should not live in the objective case and kickative mood!

      Not a “Record-Keeper” of Mistakes

      This descriptive does not mean that love ignores evil. That view would contradict numerous other passages of Scripture. There are times when evil must be exposed, rebuked, and disciplined. The Greek word for “account” is from logizomai, a commercial expression which suggests writing a transaction in the record so as not to forget it. Love does not keep score, as in, “Three times this month he has neglected to speak to me.” The one who says, “I must forgive you, but I will never forget what you did,” has miserably failed the test of agape. Love does not harbor bitterness nor does it plot revenge.

      No Pleasure in Wrong, Only in Truth

      Since love always seeks the good of others, it can never rejoice when evil prevails. When a brother falls—even an obnoxious one—we should never entertain secret thoughts of satisfaction. Rejoicing in moral wickedness is at variance with biblical love and does not have humanity’s welfare at heart.

      For example, those who exult in parades for “gay rights,” or who gleefully celebrate the liberalization of abortion laws, have utterly no perception of what real love is. Divine love cannot be divorced from objective truth.

      Supportive

      The verb stego conveys the picture of one object on top of another, thus hinting of either support (by the lower object) or concealment (by the upper object) (Vine 1951, 132). The ideas are not mutually exclusive—especially in this context.

      Love supports, uplifts those who are in need of such. Jesus was constantly in trouble with his Jewish critics because of his encouragement of the downtrodden (cf. Luke 15:1ff). Moreover, one who operates out of love will cover (i.e., be slow to expose) the mistakes of another. Love “would far rather set about quietly mending things than publicly displaying and rebuking them” (Barclay 1956, 137). It is unfortunate that some are militant to expose and rebuke, but so stubbornly resistant to forgiving.

      Of course there may be a time for the open exposure of wrong (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:1ff; 1 Timothy 5:20), but this is certainly not the initial procedure. The loving soul does not froth at the bit at the prospect of such an adventure!

      Trusts

      This does not mean that love is gullible. Believing error is both wrong and dangerous (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Rather, the apostle has something else in mind. The sense of the verb pisteuo (believes) here is probably that of trusting (J.B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English). The word can surely have that meaning (cf. John 2:24), and that seems to be indicated here. Love will give the benefit of the doubt.

      When you hear a distasteful report concerning a fellow Christian, do you hesitate to believe it until the evidence is overwhelming? In these times when error is so rampant in the church, we must resist the temptation to be quickly and recklessly suspicious. It is never proper to shoot first and ask questions later. We should strive to be more trusting of our loved ones in Christ.

      Hopes

      Love is optimistic; it entertains the highest expectations. Sometimes we see a struggling brother and perhaps think: “He will never make it.” Whereas we ought to say, “I believe that with God’s assistance—and mine—he will make it!” If we must err on the pessimism/optimism scale, let us err in the direction of hope.

      Endures

      Even when adversity challenges again and again, love continues to operate. Agape is tough.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      What an impact your poem has made on the Hub community for your faith shines through like the Evening star. Thanks for following me I am glad to be following you.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot roberthewattsr,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      "Such love can never wax cold

      lasting forever and standing the test of time

      because I know and I am sure;

      me, He will never forsake."

      Amen! A beautiful poem of faith and God's love.

      Voted up and away

      Take care and God bless

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot sueswan for your encouragement.

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      You have the ability to communicate in a wonderful way and are such a positive speaker. Yes, faith is the greatest gift. So many are confused and reluctant to trust faith. Thanks for your beautiful comments on my profile. Glad to meet you.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot starstream,,,

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Wonderful Poem! Bless you! When you have a cahnce, come visit me. Voted-Up!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot drpastorcarlotta... I will definitely do so..

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      Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Such a beautiful poem you have written here. Voted up.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Cresentmoon2007

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      funom Oh it is a beautiful precious gift when we get inspiration from the Holy Spirit of God. In the poems I have written, I have been inspired. It was like the words came and I could not write fast enough.

      I love your poem. Thank you so much for sharing the love of Christ and your love for Him. Thank you for sharing the story about how you were inspired. Look forward to seeing you in my neighborhood. May the love of Christ shine in you each day brother. Your sister, Skye

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      funom Oh it is a beautiful precious gift when we get inspiration from the Holy Spirit of God. In the poems I have written, I have been inspired. It was like the words came and I could not write fast enough.

      I love your poem. Thank you so much for sharing the love of Christ and your love for Him. Thank you for sharing the story about how you were inspired. Look forward to seeing you in my neighborhood. May the love of Christ shine in you each day brother. Your sister, Skye

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot skye2day... I really appreacite your kind words.. Let's continue to share in His love and hold steadfast to it... It's really nice knowing the words are touching lots of lives... Thanks so much

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      God is love 4 years ago

      Thanks to God for such a piece and may His Love shine to all men that they shall see and glorify Him. Keep up with the good work Mr Funom Makama

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot.... God is love

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      Truly enjoyed this poem. You are a wonderful writer. Thank God, he will never forsake us!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      yes Treasuresofheaven. Thank you very much for your comment.

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      thoughtfulgirl2 3 years ago from East Coast

      Loved your poem. We need more positive thoughts and actions in this world. Thank-you for sharing this poem with all of us. Good luck on hubpages:)

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot thoughtfulgirl2

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      CarolineVABC 2 years ago from Castaic

      This is a beautifully well-written poem, Funom Makama 3! I love the way you wrote about God's undying love for His children. He wants all of us to be a part of His kingdom. He has paid the price for us, so we might be saved. Thank you for writing such a thought-provoking hub! Please, keep writing. God bless!

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