REAL LOVE

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 14, 2020

         IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, TODAY IS VALENTINE’S DAY AND MEN, YOU’D BETTER REMEMBER!

         THERE IS MUCH TALK ABOUT LOVE, BUT WE ARE HEARING ABOUT A LOVE THAT IS BASED ON FEELINGS. THIS IS TO BE DISTINGUISGED FROM GOD’S LOVE, WHICH IS BASED ON SOMETHING FAR DIFFERENT: AGAPE LOVE. ONE DEFINITION OF AGAPE LOVE IS THIS: “A SACRIFICIAL LOVE THAT VOLUNTARILY SUFFERS INCONVENIENCE, DISCOMFORT, EVEN DEATH FOR THE BENEFIT OF ANOTHER WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN.” IT IS UNDESERVED AND A REFLECTION ON THE CHARACTER OF THE ONE EXTENDING IT. THIS IS WHAT CHRIST’S LOVE FOR US WAS AND IS. AGAPE LOVE.

SO MUCH OF LOVE TODAY IS BASED ON FEELINGS. IN MARRIAGE WHEN THE FEELINGS SUBSIDE, FOR MANY, SO DOES THE COMMITMENT. BUT GOD IS NOT LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW HE IS NOT CONSTANTLY FEELING GOOD ABOUT US WHEN WE SIN, BUT HIS COMMITMENT AND LOVE FOR US NEVER FAILS.

REAL LOVE IS DEFINED IN SCRIPTURE: EVEN WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US. KEEP THAT IN MIND AS YOU BUY FLOWERS AND CANDY FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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