Love Listens, Love Obeys

Sunday, February 19, 2023

I have nothing concrete to share on this blog as of this moment, I am going with the flow of my thoughts right now, though, I have a concrete title for this blogpost and that is Love Listens, Love Obeys. I keep on talking about love and love on this season of love in the month of February. Love Scars, Love Heals is my first entry and Love Hurts, Love Waits is the second one.

I ask myself: Do I have the slightest authority or even the right to write a post about something under the context of Love Listens, Love Obeys?

I do listen. I do obey. But to what extent? Am I doing enough for love? Love in all its forms: Agape, Storge, Philia, and (never mind) Eros.
Love listens explains these four (4) types of love found in the Bible as:
  • Eros (never mind) is romantic love.
  • Storge is love between family members.
  • Philia is brotherly or sisterly love, or love in friendship.
  • Agape is the unconditional love or the love that God has for us.
It is nice to know these kinds of love, but what to do with this knowledge. What can change knowing there are different kind of love?
  • First, Eros is not the only kind of love to be pursued in this world. It is never the end goal of life’s purpose. Romantic love is good but it should never pressure anyone to be in a romantic relationship that supposed to lead the involved persons into marriage.
  • Second, Storge and Philia are related and shared the same context to the second commandment: to love your neighbor as yourself, and it is succeeded by the first and greatest commandment: to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
  • Lastly, God’s love for us or Agape serves as a reminder of the greatest blessing He has given to mankind and that is grace, the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
Love obeys
Love is not just a good feel. Love is an act. Love is active, proactive. Love endures in good and bad times. Love is difficult and painful, but there is still beauty and kindness in love.
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
It is easy to describe love, but the hard part is manifesting the fruit of love, the byproduct of love. Saying I love you Lord is as easy as A-B-C or 1-2-3. Not listening and obeying sometimes or most of the times makes me feel like I am not enough to love or be loved at all.

I wonder if I am listening and obeying enough to prove my love. Am I enough or am I putting too much pressure on myself and doubting my worth? I am caught up with the idea of not being and not doing enough for love: my love for God, for my family, my friends, and my work.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
To love is to listen and to obey. Love is not deaf, it listens. Love is not passive, it obeys.

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