The Seven Loves of the Christian

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by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

Our emotion is one of God’s most beautiful gifts. Just imagine what kind of world this would be if God’s conscious creations cannot feel or express anything. The flowers won’t bloom, the birds won’t sing, babies won’t cry or smile. Only a being with emotions is capable of loving. Love can only come out by free choice. It cannot be legislated. It is an act of the will.

The command of first priority for the believer is to love God with all his heart, his soul, his mind and his strength (Mark 12:29, 30). This is a quotation from the Jewish shema (confession of faith) in Deuteronomy 6:5; 7:9. The 10 commandments requires that there must be no other god to love (Exodus 20:3,6) because no one can love two masters (Matthew 6:24). Love is the essence of God’s attribute in His relationship to the universe. That holy and pure love must be expressed or communicated so that He created the world, and then you and me.

Ask a young man or woman what kind of person he or she wants to fall in love with. He would say he wants to fall in love with the best- the most handsome, the one with the best character, or the best job and salary, and the one with the greatest potential. God is the best of the best, so that only He deserves our greatest love.

The second most important love is love for neighbor (Mark 12:33). They are all around us in the community where we live. But the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 defines a neighbor is anybody who needs our help. God wants us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 19:19). The 10 commandments also wants us not to lie against, destroy the reputation or envy our neighbor because it is sin (Proverbs 14:21). We are supposed to help them.

The third love is for our brother (1 John 3:14). Cain murdered his brother Abel and answered God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The good things we need to do for our brothers are written in Romans 12:9-18. Besides that, we are all brothers in Christ (Matthew 23:8). The name of the city of Philadelphia means, “brotherly love.” 

Next aspect is love for a friend (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24). Friendship is a heart relationship that transcends class, nationality, position and distance. This is one kind of  relation the Lord  wants to establish with us (John 15:13,14). In this sense also Christ died for us and He wants to maintain this closeness with us if we obey His commands.

Love for an enemy is one difficult command for us all (Matthew 5:43-48). But if we can’t love the unlovable, the impossible and the incredible, then what’s our difference from the children of Satan? We kill our enemy with love, turning him into a friend.

Finally, love for strangers is also included here. This is reminding us that once we were aliens from the grace of God (Ephesians 2:12, 17). Giving a cup of water or a coat to a stranger is like giving them to Jesus Himself or to one of His angels ( Mat. 25:30-35; 43,44; Heb. 13:2).

The seventh is not love for humanity but a concern and care for the world God created (Genesis 2:15). Though not related to man’s soul, this concern is strongly connected to man’s existence and preservation in this earth.

Daily, these loves affect the believer and can determine his success or failure in this world of men. The foundation of such loves is still faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.