Bixia Huang
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Love For A Few Days

 I had in my mind that I would write something about 'love', then on Sunday, I heard a sermon on the same topic!     'Love' as used so often in certain cultures, less so in Asian context, embraces friendship plus camaradarie, besides the deeper relationships. With globalization, many younger Asians do use "I love you" liberally. 

C S Lewis wrote a book, " The Four Loves", and he surmised the 4 kinds of love: 1 Storge – affection also seen much in family members. 2 Philia – friendship platonic as contrasted with below. 3 Eros – romance  ( I am sure he meant between members of different genders). This, as portrayed in entertainment,  is so "free and easy". It cheapens the intimacy that is meant to be nurtured and cultivated with commitment. This love must be embraced with respect and commitment, not mere physical pleasure without limit nor consequence. The psychological effect of such callous encounters surely must be damaging. 4 Agape – unconditional love "Agape – unconditional love  Charity ( agapē,) is the love that brings forth caring regardless of the circumstance. Lewis recognizes this as the greatest of loves, and sees it as a specifically Christian virtue. The chapter on the subject focuses on the need of subordinating the natural loves to the love of God, who is full of charitable love."This is the form of love we human beings are least capable of.  We often withold love because of displeasure/ anger, example when children don't do well in school, they are often belittled, as adults we give others the 'silent treatment', we become possessive and jealous, etc. This love should seek the greater good of the object of our love. This is the love that God gives and want us to have for each other. ( see 1 Corinthians chapter 13)In other words, we are more able to show this kind of love when the love of God is in us, when we have a relationship with our God.                                 

John 15:12-13   New Living Translation (NLT)

12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.        

1 John 4:10-11

10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

約翰福音 15:12-13

12 這是我的命令:你們要彼此相愛,就像我愛了你們那樣。 13 一個人為他的朋友捨棄自己的生命,人的愛沒有比這更大的了。

約翰一書 4:10-11

10 並不是我們愛了神,而是神愛了我們,差派他的兒子來,為我們的罪孽做了平息祭[a]——在這裡就是愛了。 11 各位蒙愛的人哪,既然神如此愛我們,我們也應該彼此相愛。  

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Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 , 你 們 若 真 與 基 督

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