Doing Family God’s Way
God-like Love & God-honoring Covenants
Is it love or is it love?
Storge: Family Love
Eros: Romantic Love
Philia: Brotherly Love
Agape: God-like Love
A husband is commanded to love his wife. A wife is to learn to love her husband & children.
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh to them. Colossians 3:19
Older woman are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children. Titus 2:4
Agape Love is made of the stuff that holds a family together.
“God, let me be all he ever dreamed of loveliness and laughter. Veil his eyes a bit because there are so many little flaws, somehow, God please let him see only the bride I long to be, remembering ever after – I was all he ever dreamed of loveliness and laughter.” Ruth Bell Graham
Agape love is more than a feeling.
Let us not love in word and talk but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:18
1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13
Agape Love is a God-honoring, covenant–keeping love.
If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. Numbers 30:2
Agape can lead your heart through the drought to the spring of storge, the river of eros, and the fountain of philia.
“Do not follow your heart. Lead your heart.” Line from Fireproof
Developing the capacity to love like Jesus.
Agape love begins in the heart of one who receives God’s love.
But God shows in love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
1 John 4:7-12, 15-19
Agape love blossoms in the heart of one who loves Jesus most.
1 John 4:17
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37 (Also see Luke 14:26)
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5