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Dundeal
(William Watson)
67M
20503 posts
5/31/2009 7:46 am

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6/4/2009 2:02 pm

Four Levels Of Love


“This is My commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12.

Has it ever occurred to you that there are four levels of love, each one higher than the other? First, there is the love that we harbor in our hearts for those who loved us first.
Probably our parents are the pivot, so to speak, of this love. Without them we possibly would never have understood the meaning of true love. It was their unselfish devotion by day and by night, through joys and sorrows, that taught us how to respond to love.
Next, there is the love we feel toward those persons who are lovable. This group includes our friend–all the people who appeal to our intellect and our tastes. Some of us would consider many as belonging to this group; others may tend to be exclusive and allow only a select few to enter the portals of this second level of love–the level of kindred souls.
But then we must move to a higher level–and that is love for “the least” of them. This is an idealistic yet practical love, and it reaches all who have a need. It is love for those who are hungry, thirsty, and in want of spiritual help. There is no superficial stardom connected with loving on this higher level, for it is not extended with self-glory as a goal. Its only reward is the lasting, warm glow that comes from knowing that you are a part of the gospel commission.
There is one more-exalted love. Few of us have grown enough to give of this rare and glorious love. Such love found perfect fulfillment on a cross at Calvary. It is love for our enemies.
The life of Jesus is our supreme example of this love. He loved all classes of men–the tired, the lonely, the depraved–but, most blessed of all, He loved even His enemies. He regarded them as brothers, and His wounded heart ached when He saw them submitting to evil. He was crucified that they, too, might be saved. Friend, this love is a healing stream for all nations, as well as for you. He loves you. He knows your every heartache, and sees every tear that rolls down your cheeks. His promise is that He will be with you always. And you can take that to the bank, for our Savior never lies.

May the Lord bless you and keep you


Dundeal
(William Watson)
67M
18097 posts
6/2/2009 7:15 pm

glad that you concur philo, thanks for stopping by, cheers

May the Lord bless you and keep you


InlovewithJ 63F
58 posts
6/4/2009 7:40 am

I read this post right after you wrote it and wanted to comment on it but my internet connection broke right then and I gave up. I came back today and WOW had a hard time finding it again. You must keep VERY busy with your writing by the number of blog entries you've made since posting this one. Anyway, wanted to say thanks for the excellent treatis on the topic of different kinds of love. Very thought provoking.


Dundeal
(William Watson)
67M
18097 posts
6/4/2009 2:02 pm

glad that you enjoyed it inlove, and yes very busy with the blogs, some get upset if i do not post anything, hahahaha, not sure why though, cheers

May the Lord bless you and keep you