My Last Thoughts on “Love” – God’s Promises for You! – Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~

This Thursday I will quote from God’s Word, His Promises to You!. Join me and get references from God’s Word where He Loves you and will never forsake you. Please read or re-read this study and practice what you’ve learn. Study for yourself to show yourself approved. It’s a gift that Keeps on giving. God’s Word! He Lives…

Miracle whip, tomato and baloney on white bread, is one of my favor sandwiches, but once the sandwich is gone all I’m left with is an empty plate, what a Joy. There are many joys in life that last longer. There is the joy of friendship, a good friend can give you joy for years. There’s also the joy of marriage and the joy of children. There’s the joy of work, especially if in you are skilled in you job. There is the joy of accumulating wealth and other things. For some there is the joy of success and the joy of a hobby or interests. I could go on and on.

There are also destructive and enslaving joys that many people seek; drunkenness, drug addictions, sexual perversion and extra martial affairs. All of these joys are seeking happiness. All of these joys have one thing in common, they do not last and if they are your only joys you will be left joyless, and without joy you will become weak.

Christian should be people of Joy. Not just any joy, but have the “Joy of the Lord.” If we are filled with the joy of the Lord we will be strong. In this, it gives us strength. This is true for us as individuals and believer as a whole or church body. In the book of Nehemiah we can read how he went to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, not just walls but bring the people back to serving God. He wanted the people to stop grieving and celebrate with a feast once they heard the Word of God, read my Ezra and the Levites. He wanted to rebuild the church. He knew joy was essential.

Joy is mingled together in our everyday living. Nehemiah saw how grief came over the people as they listened to God’s word because of there sin and God’s conviction. He knew grief alone would only cause them to become weak. It is the joy of the Lord that gives strength, lasting strength or lasting joy. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His joy will never end up like that empty plate, it will last through this life into the next.

I will quote from my own poster: I will start from the line that reads, God sets before you a choice; His love demands a choice. God forgives, but people don’t. Sin always brings on the enemies. Sin weakens all resistance. Sin turns worriers into weaklings, lust conceives, then it brings on sin and sin brings on the enemy to destroy. You can read the rest of this poster found on my website, back to the study.

I would like to examine three questions concerning Joy.

1) What is the “Joy of the Lord?”
2) How do you get it?
3) And Why is it Our Strength?

Read the rest of this study and other studies at www.jesusandweTalk.org.

I will also be speaking on a “Testimony” from my book.

Visit my Website and pick up a copy of my book, HE LIVES, A Living Testimony for a friend or family member that maybe going through. Give the Gift that keeps on giving…

To join me on the show, from your computer type: www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe If you would like to call in, dial 1-718-664-6534 – Press #1 to speak with me.

All questions pertaining to the Study of the Month can be emailed to me at, Jesusandwe@bellsouth.net or mail me at P.O. Box 3870 Decatur Ga. 30031

Thank you,

“People Of Joy” Who Are They, Let’s Take It To “The Word” ~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~

Miracle whip, tomato and baloney on white bread, is one of my favor sandwiches, but once the sandwich is gone all I’m left with is an empty plate, what a Joy. There are many joys in life that last longer. There is the joy of friendship, a good friend can give you joy for years. There’s also the joy of marriage and the joy of children. There’s the joy of work, especially if in you are skilled in you job. There is the joy of accumulating wealth and other things. For some there is the joy of success and the joy of a hobby or interests. I could go on and on.

There are also destructive and enslaving joys that many people seek; drunkenness, drug addictions, sexual perversion and extra martial affairs. All of these joys are seeking happiness. All of these joys have one thing in common, they do not last and if they are your only joys you will be left joyless, and without joy you will become weak.

Christian should be people of Joy. Not just any joy, but have the “Joy of the Lord.” If we are filled with the joy of the Lord we will be strong. In this, it gives us strength. This is true for us as individuals and believer as a whole or church body. In the book of Nehemiah we can read how he went to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, not just walls but bring the people back to serving God. He wanted the people to stop grieving and celebrate with a feast once they heard the Word of God, read my Ezra and the Levites. He wanted to rebuild the church. He knew joy was essential.

Joy is mingled together in our everyday living. Nehemiah saw how grief came over the people as they listened to God’s word because of there sin and God’s conviction. He knew grief alone would only cause them to become weak. It is the joy of the Lord that gives strength, lasting strength or lasting joy. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His joy will never end up like that empty plate, it will last through this life into the next.

I will quote from my own poster: I will start from the line that reads, God sets before you a choice; His love demands a choice. God forgives, but people don’t. Sin always brings on the enemies. Sin weakens all resistance. Sin turns worriers into weaklings, lust conceives, then it brings on sin and sin brings on the enemy to destroy. You can read the rest of this poster found on my website, back to the study.

I would like to examine three questions concerning Joy.

1) What is the “Joy of the Lord?”
2) How do you get it?
3) And Why is it Our Strength?

Read the rest of this study and other studies at www.jesusandweTalk.org.

I will also be speaking on a “Testimony” from my book.

Visit my Website and pick up a copy of my book, HE LIVES, A Living Testimony for a friend or family member that maybe going through. Give the Gift that keeps on giving…

To join me on the show, from your computer type: www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe If you would like to call in, dial 1-718-664-6534 – Press #1 to speak with me.

All questions pertaining to the Study of the Month can be emailed to me at, Jesusandwe@bellsouth.net or mail me at P.O. Box 3870 Decatur Ga. 30031

Thank you,

Storge, Eros, Philia or Agape Love, Which One Do You Give! Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est)

Introduction

This weeks study is about Four Kinds of Love, Really! Regardless of our race, status, and economics, we value love and recognize it as something that will shape what is good and true. I would like to think that Love, lies at the heart of the Biblical message. Our English word for Love is broad.

Definition: (read)

Noun

1. A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

3. Sexual passion or desire.

4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.

5. used in direct address as a term of endearment or affection

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I will further define the four different type of love in order to gain a more precise understanding. Two of these kinds of Love aren’t even in the Bible but they all have one thing in common, they are from the Greek language.

They are:

o Storge love, which does not appear in the Bible – is a familial love. A love that may exist between a parent towards their child.
o Eros, also not found in the Word of God, is a love primarily pertaining to sex. A physical love.
o Then on to Philia
love, is mention in the word of God, and is defined as love pertaining to Friendship.
o And Last but not least Agape Love
, selfless love, the love that Jehovah and Jesus has for us. Very Biblical.

Storge Love

Storge is family love, the bond among mothers, fathers, and sisters and brothers. This Greek term does not appear in the Bible. There are many examples of family love found in the Bible, Noah and his family, Jacob and his sons, Martha and Mary’s love for their brother Lazarus. We need this kind of love as we develop as sons and daughters. We express this kind of love through tender affection: a nurturing touch, intimate gazing, as seen in my family picture on my website as I gaze at my sister feeling the warmth of her love back to me, playful interaction and gentle words.

It can foster a stable family environment where children feel safe and are able to establish a secure attachment with their parent and other parental figures. If we are secure and affirmed initially in our lives it has been because of the quality and quantity of Storge love we received as a child. Storge love can begin in the womb and critical during the first five years of our life. It give us our value as children on the other hand, without this bond we may end up feeling insecure, alone, and not valued and can be replaced with fear. We can find in the Bible how many times in the letters that the words, Dearly Beloved are spoken. Other referencing Storge love in the Bible would be in Exodus 20:12 – 12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (The Fifth Commandment) Proverbs 13:24 24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. Not so warm and fuzzy but love.
Ephesians 5:21-25 – 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Eros Love

Eros is the physical, sensual love, as with marriage to serve as an emotional and spiritual bond and for reproduction. In the classical world, erotic love was generally referred to as a kind of madness. When we think of this kind of love we think of our pagan holiday, Valentines Day where the arrows was said to be the image of the beautiful love object itself. These arrows were to arrive at the lover’s eyes; they would then travel to and pierce or wound his or her heart and overwhelm him or her with desire and longing of love. Sigmund Freud referred Eros love as strictly a sexual component of our life. It is the desire to create life. Eros is what most people mean when they announce that they are In Love… Eros Love is dependent on situations and circumstances.

As long as a couple is enjoying a romantic situation, Eros love can thrive, but as soon as hurtful words or actions appear, Eros love evaporates. It is held captive according to each person’s perception. It can quickly be squashed once he or she interprets a situation to be undesirable. Sad, but this kind of love can grow strong and then waste away based on ones perception. Eros love is romantic, pure emotions without the balance of logic, example, “Love at first sight,” and does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros love can cause us to think that we are on cloud nine but it cannot provide a reliable basis for building a deep and meaningful relationship.

Eros Love is totally human love, getting something for yourself. It poses as love for another but is actually love for oneself. It says, “I love you because you make me happy.” Its foundation is based on beauty, charm, warmth, kindness, or talent. Again, if taken away, there is nothing left and it dies. Eros love may give a little, but the motive is usually to get something in return for what it gives, and if it fails to get what it wants, it may turn to resentment, bitterness or hatred.
Unfortunately, many people choose a life partner on the basis of Eros love. Body chemistry will reach full potential rapidly, which causes the absence of genuine love. It was never love in the first place, and since neither partner is getting what they expected, both will want to call it quits, and another relationship disaster will be added to the pile. It is easy to fall into this pit since our culture is geared to convincing us that Eros is love and that being loved is more important than loving, and that being love depends on being attractive.

So we buy suits, dresses, hair, hair spray, toothpaste, mouthwash, makeup, deodorant, and other things to aid us in being more attractive, so someone will fall in love with us and make us happy. The highest percentage of all broken marriages is based on Eros Love. Love is more than sex, I know someone who told me that he thought love was sex and now that they are not able to perform the physical act of sex, love does not exist. No relationship built on the physical love along can last very long, for physical abilities are subject to change.

When this occurs, the relationship will begin to deteriorate rapidly unless an intimacy of spirit and soul has developed. Courtships and engagement periods should be established on communion of spirit and soul and then the physical union will be a crowning glory. Love can grow, but not automatically, it grows only when you cultivate it. Although Eros love stimulates and makes one cheerful or merry, it is not a Biblical word used for love. The only hope is for you to move on to a higher level of Love.

HE LIVES…

Something to think about on Valentine’s Day.

Read the rest of this study and other studies at www.jesusandweTalk.org.

I will also be speaking on a “Testimony” from my book.

Visit my Website and pick up a copy of my book, HE LIVES, A Living Testimony for a friend or family member that maybe going through. Give the Gift that keeps on giving…

To join me on the show, from your computer type: www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe If you would like to call in, dail 1-718-664-6534 – Press #1 to speak with me.

All questions pretaining to the Study of the Month can be emaild to me at, Jesusandwe@bellsouth.net or mail me at P.O. Box 3870 Decatur Ga. 30031

Thank you,

The Four Kinds of Love, Really! – Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est)

Greek words for love

There are a few Greek words for love, as the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used. Ancient Greek has four distinct words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē. However, as with other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words. Nonetheless, the senses in which these words were generally used are given below.

• Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means love in a “spiritual” sense. In the term s’agapo (Σ’αγαπώ), which means “I love you” in Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true unconditional love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros.” This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return. Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial and spiritual love. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit). Agape is also used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one’s children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast. It can also be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard. Agape is used by Christians to express the unconditional love of God.

• Éros (ἔρως érōs[2]) is “physical” passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Romantic, pure emotion without the balance of logic. “Love at first sight”. The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love;” however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” In the Symposium, the most famous ancient work on the subject, Plato has Socrates argue that eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth, the ideal “Form” of youthful beauty that leads us humans to feel erotic desire – thus suggesting that even that sensually based love aspires to the non-corporeal, spiritual plane of existence; that is, finding its truth, just like finding any truth, leads to transcendence. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth through the means oferos.

• Philia (φιλία philía[3]) is “mental” love. It means affectionate regard or friendship in both ancient and modern Greek. This type of love has give and take. It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.

• Storge (στοργή storgē[4]) means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant.

Something to think about on Valentine’s Day.

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I will also be speaking on a “Testimony” from my book.

Visit my Website and pick up a copy of my book, HE LIVES, A Living Testimony for a friend or family member that maybe going through. Give the Gift that keeps on giving…

To join me on the show, from your computer type: www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe If you would like to call in, dail 1-718-664-6534 – Press #1 to speak with me.

All questions pretaining to the Study of the Month can be emaild to me at, Jesusandwe@bellsouth.net or mail me at P.O. Box 3870 Decatur Ga. 30031

Thank you,