According to the American Heart Association, February is Heart Month. For many, February is for lovers, because Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle. I find it interesting that the English language has one word for love, and yet the ancient Greeks had four.
- Agape is an unconditional love, a selfless love, and is used to describe the love that God has for humanity.
- Eros is a physical or sexual love, self-pleasing love. The word erotic comes from this word.
- Philia is a brotherly or sisterly love. Philadelphia gets its name from this word and thus, “The City of Brotherly Love.”
- Storge is the love that a parent has for a child or a child for a parent.
In the New Testament, we read that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. The word translated into “love,” is “agape.” Our love for our neighbor is to be a selfless love.
This year, February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, but it is also Ash Wednesday. For the church, this is the beginning of the Lenten Season. This season will run to Easter, which will be on April 1 — a period of forty days, not counting Sundays. February might be for lovers, but the greatest love story culminates during the Lenten season, when Jesus demonstrated his great love for us in that while we were still sinners he died for us.
Please come join us at Kingswood as we experience the greatest love story of all.
In His grace and peace,
Rev. Charles Broome