My Final Saturday Morning Reflections (Pre-recorded)
6 O’Clock Hour
7 O’Clock Hour in 2 Parts
8 O’Clock Hour in 2 Parts
2019 Theme of Love, His Love
The voice of our Father, God, is firm yet tender, correcting with mercy, safe within a love only accurately defined by recognizing that He is love. As Christians we study the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic words for love. One Hebrew word for love, ahab, has been defined as a strong emotional attachment that includes a desire to be in the presence of the loved person. An example is Abraham’s love for his son Isaac (Genesis 22:2) and Jonathan’s love for David (1 Samuel 18:1). The Hebrew word habab expresses cherishing love that protects the loved, such as in the statement that God loves His people in Deuteronomy 33:3. Another Hebrew word, yadid speaks of delighting in the beloved person, such as in the plea of Psalm 60:5 that the beloved be delivered. In Greek a word for beloved is agapetos used in connection with believers who are “beloved by the Lord.” Agapetos, of course, is a derivation of agape that speaks of greater intimacy than philia. Thomas Aquinas, writing about the passions of the soul of humans, used agape as to will the another person’s good. Love in the Bible is often or describes an active verb. Love is not separate from action.