First, I would like to thank my friend and brother Eric L. Jones, Sr. for giving me the opportunity to write this Forward. Our friendship has stood the test of time due to our developed love for one another growing up.
Being a minister of the gospel, I must start with this scripture which is, in my opinion, the gospel in a nutshell. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Love being the most powerful force in the world -I believe what the world needs more evidence of, is that love still permeates the world. I would like to attempt to break down the (4) Facets of Love. The first of these is the Greek word agape. This is the love of God and it is unconditional; we can do nothing to earn it or lose it. I believe all other Facets of Love stem from this love. Secondly, is the Greek word storge, this is family love. The love we have for our immediate family. God also puts family love high on his requirements of the faith. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.” We have a saying that when it comes to family, “We can talk about them, but non-family cannot.” This love supports family regardless of our differences on lifestyles and personal beliefs. Family will always be loved and supported as family. Thirdly, is the Greek word phileo, this is the brotherly love or love between close friends. Phileo is where we get our word Philadelphia which is the City of Brotherly Love. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Also in Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Lastly, we have the Greek word eros. This is intimate love. We get our word erotic from the Greek word eros. This kind of love is the reason most of us are here today. I don’t believe I need to expound any further on eros love.
In my personal opinion, everyone is designed to seek love. We all want to be loved and have the desire to share that love with others. Even though that love is sometimes mistaken and misguided, it is still the compass for the life God has given to everyone. Jesus teaches us what the greatest level of a human is in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
When my sister passed away a few years ago, I discovered that love is greater than death. This is why we grieve for our loved ones, not just at the moment of death but for the rest of our natural lives. I still miss her dearly, and it’s because we loved one another.
As I forward this book on in love, I decree that above all else the readers will come to the realization that, in a world full of terror and evil that love is still very much alive and well in all of its facets.
Yours in Christ,
Kingdom Connections Church
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