Men's Sunday School

Men's Sunday School Teacher: Dennis Porter

Love

When the month of February rolls around, most people in the Western World know there is a special day in the month on which lovers express their romance or love for each other. Valentine’s Day, February 14, is celebrated by romantics sending each other cards, letters, flowers, candy and other romantic expressions.


The word romance is not in the bible, but there are 281 mentions of the word love. The dictionary defines love as “a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; an attraction based on sexual desire; or an affection based on admiration”. The Bible covers two types of love: agape and phileo.


God’s love for us is represented by an agape love. It is a love that is unconditional, non-partial and sacrificial (John 3:16). Agape love is a connection though the spirit that requires a relationship with Jesus Christ. Agape love does not exist without Jesus.


Phileo love is considered “brotherly love”. It is based on how others treat us and our feelings. It is a demonstrative word that is a command from God, “Let us love one another, because love comes from God”, (1 John 4:7) Phileo is the kind of love that evolves into the manifestation of romance between a man and a woman. Romance is the evidence that love exists. As the romance grows, the bond between the man and woman grows deeper and stronger. “For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh”. (Genesis 2:24)


But, above all else, according to God’s word and all the card companies, florists, and confectionaries, love/romance is an action. It is not passive, it is not a feeling, but it is something you do. So remember, this is the month of love and romance. Don’t forget that special person in your life. By the way, they are still special in the other eleven months of the year, too. See you in Sunday school. We have a place just for you.


In Truth and Love, Dennis