Monday, September 02, 2013

Nida: commanding love

Monday, September 2, 2013
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
Meditation:
    [Jesus:] “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
    —John 15:12 (NIV)
Quotation:
    It has been said that agapao refers to “the love of God” and phileo is only “the love of men.” But this distinction is only a very small part of the difference, and as such is in itself incorrect. Both of these words may convey intense emotion or may be relatively weak in their meanings. These words do not indicate degree of love, but kinds of love. Agapao refers to love which arises from a keen sense of the value and worth in the object of our love, and phileo describes the emotional attachment which results from intimate and prolonged association. That is why in the Scriptures we are never commanded to “love” with the word phileo. Even when husbands and wives are instructed to love one another, the word agapao is used, for it is impossible to command that kind of love which can arise only from intimate association. On the other hand, the saints are admonished to apprec! iate profoundly the worth and value in others, and agapao is used to convey this meaning. All Christians are not necessarily to have sentimental attachments for one another (phileo). This would be impossible, for our circle of intimate friends is limited by the nature of our lives. But we can all be commanded to appreciate intensely the worth of others.
    ... Eugene A. Nida (1914-2011), God’s Word in Man’s Language, New York: Harper, 1952, p. 63 (see the book)
    See also John 13:34; 15:12; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Gal. 6:10; Eph. 5:1-2; Phil. 2:1-2; 1 John 4:7-11; 5:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have implanted Your love within Your church.
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ABORTION?

Are unborn humans, babies or just unidentified blobs of matter?

Genesis 25:21-22 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her......

They were called children. They were not fetuses or blobs of matter.

Luke 1:41,44 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.....44....the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

John The Baptist leaped for joy. There was no non-human fetus leaping for joy inside the womb of Elizabeth.

The unborn, are babies. There is never a valid reason for killing unborn babies.


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