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We humans tend to think of love as having many different forms automatically, but the ancient Greeks gave them names. For example, phileo for friendship love, storge for familial love, eros for romantic love, ludus for playful love, pragma for long-standing love, and agape for selfless love. There were even combinations of those words that formed even more meanings, such as philadelphia for brotherly love, philanthropia for love of humankind, philia for a close friendship love, philostorgos for tender love, philos for love of a relative, philautia for love of self, and agapetos for beloved or loved one.

But one of those loves is set apart from the others because one of those loves is from God. That love is agape love, the one love actually commanded by God in the original Greek manuscripts that became the New Testament of the Bible and the one love solely found in God.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8)

God's love is not lustful passion or a casual friendship or the tolerance for those who hate us. It is so much more. It makes the impossible become possible and works through us as God works through us to connect us to everyone, no matter how they treat us.

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31)

There is no greater love than the love God has for us and God is the source of the greatest love in the universe. Loving God's way means giving up our will and desires for God's will and desires. It means letting go of fear, the force that blocks love. And, most of all, it means learning how God defines love...

1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV)

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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TheTraitor44 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Amen. :)
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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TheTraitor44 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
You`re Welcome! ;)
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ValorRally Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No greater form of love than the Love of our savior, no greater way to love than the way HE loves! To God be the Glory forever and may his love forever be the love that inspires us to love in the greatest way! :"D
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen! Thank you for this beautiful reminder! I decided to go back through the description to add something similar, as this is a trimmed version of an essay I wrote and it doesn't include a line about there being no greater love in the trimmed version. Thank you again and God bless! :heart:
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ValorRally Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very much so welcome my friend! Thank you as well! :"D
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katamariluv Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. :)
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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