Sunday, August 21, 2016

Love God: Love each Other

We got to 8:30am Church this morning where Pastor Robert Henre used the following reading as the basis of his sermon: Matthew 22:36-40.  "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." He went on to talk about Agape love which is from the Ancient Greek and refers to the highest form of love; that of God to man and man of God.  It is not to be confused with "philēo", brotherly love.
 He went on to say that is how Philadelphia, PA, the City of Brotherly Love, got its name. Phileo love also refers to compassion and the benevolent feeling for people in need. Other types of Love referred to in the Bible are Eros which is the physical , romantic attraction between Husband and Wife. Storge Love is the love of family members, the tenderness love of parent to child. While I was aware of Agape, and Eros, the words Phileo and Storge were new to me. My sister Janice and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this summer by taking family to Alaska. Their family name is Sorge. I wonder if their name may have evolved from Storge. They are certainly a very close, tender family, so the definition fits.

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