Four Kinds of Love

Four-Kinds-of-Love

                                                                                                      True love exudes the fragrance of many flowers

Bollywood movies have a cliche line that goes: “Pyar ka Doosra Naam Qurbani Hai,” meaning, “Another name for Love is Sacrifice.” How true!

The New Testament portion of the Bible was written in Greek. From the Christian perspective, in Greek, there are at least four words for the word love. Each has a distinct meaning. Let’s look at each of them.

  1. Philia (fil+ya): This is the love friends have for each other. You may be friendly with many people, but you can probably count on only a few who will actively come to your aid, should you ever be in deep trouble. Why? Because they are the ones who love you. That emotion or bond towards you is called philia. As they say, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” The others are simply acquaintances that are friendly, and probably well-meaning too. By all means, treat them well, for some of your acquaintances of today could become your best buddies tomorrow!
    Drawback
    : Camaraderie between friends can sometimes cross rational limits. When that happens, the person could begin ignoring their duty and sense of belonging towards their family members. Such people tend to hang out more with friends and may even detest the company of their family.

  2. Eros (ee+row+s): Although this is basically a romantic or sexual love, in the context of Christian values, it is the love that a husband and his lawfully wedded wife have for each other. Contrary to the entertainment industry’s portrayal of eros, this type of love is not what engaged couples have for each other. Also, an emotional or sexual attraction between individuals of the same sex in the context of Christian values is not eros, simply because the Bible does not permit such a relationship. It must be between a husband and his wife.
    Over a period of time, a healthily married couple would usually come to love each other emotionally, in addition to romantically and sexually. They are likely to care deeply for each other, and thus their own selves too (or at least, they ought to). At this stage, you can say, their eros graduates to what is called pragma, or mature love between long-married couples. Simply having sex with or sexual attraction towards a person of the opposite gender does not constitute a Godly kind of eros.
    Drawback: Erotic love other than towards your lawfully wedded spouse of the opposite sex can lead to health and morality problems. So it’s not an ideal type of love – just one type of love to be given and received within limits.

  3. Storge (storr+gay): This is a big one – the one that comes with a lot of sentiments attached. Often, rightly so. The love that parents have for their children (not the other way around) is called storge. Parents, especially mothers, often say that there just isn’t any kind of love that is superior to or even equal to their love for their kids.
    Parents will usually go to great lengths to protect their children and fulfill their every need (within reasonable limits) as best as they can. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 6:32, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Do babies and infants not depend on their parents to have their every need fulfilled? They don’t even know what most of their needs are, yet their parents do and make sure these are met. Even growing children and adolescents depend on their parents for their food, shelter, clothing (accessories included!), school fees, toys, sports gear…and the reassuring hug. Note that storge is basically familial love, and is not restricted to parental love, but could extend to other family members.
    Drawback: Parents can sometimes become so overbearing on their children that the children may never develop the confidence to take on the world alone. At some other times, they may spoil their kids for choice, leading to the child eventually becoming self-centered, rather than service-centered. It becomes a case of “Well, the storge just backfired.” And not only that, parents too are subject to emotional ups and downs. They may not always be at their kids’ beck and call, even if they want to.

  4. Agape (uh+gaa+pee): From the Christian perspective, all the above kinds of love have one drawback or another. Do you know why? Because such love is initiated by a human being. And by nature, we humans are not perfect in our own right. So what is the kind of love that is perfect…that is not given on merit and that cannot be over-given? It is God’s love for his earthly Creation, especially towards mankind. It is the ultimate form of sacrificial love. God knew that man has sinned against him, yet he chose his Son Jesus to incarnate and die on our behalf, because he had compassion on us, knowing that we could not bear the penalty of our own sins or pay the price for our forgiveness. To seal the deal, he raised Jesus from the dead, giving eternal life to all who believe in him.
    Drawback: Drawback? Well, there’s only one – the beneficiary of agape may not reciprocate. But when it comes to God’s love, he loves us with what Charles Finney, that great revival specialist, calls ‘disinterested benevolence‘. God does not love us because he wants it back from us, but because he wants us to be happy. It is superior to parental love in that God is perfect, while human parents are not. And therefore, even though God did not need to, he put into motion the great (yet simple) plan for our salvation. 

Learn more about what God’s plan for our salvation is.

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Is Christianity a Religion?

No. Christianity is not a religion. Then what is it? It is all of this:

  • Christianity is freedom from religion.
  • Christianity is the state of restored fellowship between God and Man. The fellowship was broken in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve sinning, but was restored by Jesus Christ when he died on the Cross 2,000 years ago to bear the penalty of our sins and to pay the price for our forgiveness.
  • Christianity is something other than a lifestyle, because even the hippie style is a lifestyle, but God does not approve of it.
  • To be Christian means to be a Christ-ian. So those who follow this faith or path should try to obey the commandments given by Jesus Christ. He said that “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21, ESV) So if you follow or want to follow Christianity, then the benchmarks have already been set by Jesus’ words. It is not easy, but he makes materialization of victory possible, no matter how difficult your situation – if you choose to elicit his help and obey him.
  • Christianity is experiential. You cannot look at it from the outside and make conclusions. Once you repent of your sins, believe in Jesus’ incarnation, death and resurrection for you, and accept him as your exclusive Saviour and Lord, life becomes different. Then you won’t need to read this blog post again. You will be equipped to write it with your life.

If you have already made Jesus the centre of your life, then keep reading this blog and explore the earlier 100+ posts. If you have not yet made Jesus the centre of your life, first read this post and then read this post.

 

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Crossword Puzzle – Have You Solved It Yet?

Crossword Puzzle

Have you solved the Crossword Puzzle yet?

Read the following statements carefully:

  • The most difficult puzzle in the world to solve is the crossword.
  • The easiest puzzle in the world to solve is the crossword.

Why? Read on…

Jesus Christ says in the Bible, addressing God the Father:

“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;” – Matthew 11:25 (ESV)

Are you a born again Christian? Then you have pretty much solved the crossword puzzle. If you are not a born again Christian yet, first go here.

Crossword puzzle solved in 2 steps:

  1. Cross = Our hope is found only in Jesus Christ and him crucified and risen. He is now our defence counsellor.
  2. Word = Once born again (saved), the quality or richness of our life is directly dependent on the extent to which we allow the Word of God – the Bible – to have the right of way in our lives. The Word is also our weapon of offensive warfare – our line of attack on the Enemy camp.

It’s a tragedy that often, educated, learned intellectuals who demystify complex theories, miss the simplicity of God’s plan for their salvation. On the other hand, simple-minded poor, illiterate people, often solve this mystery, with God’s help, because they have created room in their hearts for Him.

What do you think? Share your view below. And share the solution to this crossword puzzle on your social networks. God bless you.

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From Blogger to WordPress via Bluehost – First Post

Jesus is Lord - My Old Blogger Blog

Jesus is Lord – My Old Blogger Blog

After a delay of maybe a few years, I have finally managed to migrate my Blogger blog Jesus is Lord to the WordPress platform using Bluehost as my hosting and domain name provider. All the posts that you see before this one, in reverse chronological order, have been imported from the old blog.

I do not intend to change the focus of my blog, however. The primary aim of this blog in terms of content covered, is to strengthen Christians in their walk in the Lord Jesus Christ while myself being strengthened too. The secondary (but more important) aim is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have not yet accepted Jesus as their exclusive Lord and Saviour, repenting of their sins.

God has given me quite a few topics to write. I am guilty of not creating time to write on these. This renewed blog – now titled ‘Jesus Blog’ – is my attempt to make amends. Maybe it is my repentance in action, of which you, as a reader, are my witness.

I had included an image with credits before almost every post on my Blogger blog. I removed the images and credits as I wanted to move the blog over to WordPress. And I did not want to take any chances of being accused of stealing images, though I did give credit in terms of including a link to the main site. As for this blog, I will try to include images where possible – either by clicking them myself and/or signing up with an image repository service. I may even include other media to make your experience better-rounded. Feel free to chip-in with your suggestions in the Comments section.

Here’s formally welcoming you to my relocated blog – the Jesus Blog!

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Santa Claus – Convenient Replacement for Jesus Christ

Here’s my Christmas post that comes to you 5 days late – or 360 days early – depends how you look at it. Before the next Christmas, let’s settle a few things…

  1. Where is Santa Claus the rest of the year? 
  2. Who IS Santa?
  3. Is Santa correctly spelled as S-a-t-a-n?

These questions beg being answered. So let me give my two cents here!

  1. Where is Santa Claus the rest of the year?
    He is hidden from view except during the Christmas season. He is a spirit, a movement. A counterfeit for Jesus Christ. While it may or may not be a sin to accept goodies from him (ask Jesus about it), keep in mind that he is not the Provider. All he can do is get a human to don his attire and spring sweets and toys from his bag and give a few light moments to his audience. He cannot save a dying man or restore marriages or finances. He certainly cannot give you a glimpse of what to expect the other side of life – more life…or agony…or cessation of existence (also called Nirvana). So if you do not see him the rest of the year, do not be surprised. He did not say in the Bible, that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Jesus did. So expect only Jesus to be with you 24 x 7 x 52.
  2. Who IS Santa?
    Legend has it that he was a European saint called Nicolas. Saint Nicolas became Santa Claus over time. He loved kids and would give gifts to children. I just hope he taught those kids about the giver of every good gift and every perfect gift – the Father of lights, God Himself. But it’s amazing how this concept was preserved for so many centuries. I think there is a malevolent spiritual force behind the Santa Claus movement. If the saint is in Heaven, he must be feeling sorry he ever gave gifts to kid (thank God there is no sorry feeling in Heaven – but only clear knowledge of one’s works)!
  3. Is Santa correctly spelled as S-a-t-a-n?
    Not the original one. But Satan has definitely hijacked Christmas and taken focus away from Jesus Christ to someone who looks like a poor caricature of Jesus. Jesus does not dance and roar with laughter – at least not on Earth. But Santa Claus makes all the right marketing moves. Santa is for the Happy Holidays culture. Jesus is for the Merry Christmas culture.
 

So what should you do?

 
Get the real deal. What’s more important – getting a big bar of chocolate or a close friend in who will stand by you in life’a thick and thin? You decide. You decide if you want to follow the one who put on a red robeor the one who created a red robe for himself, shedding blood and being covered with it until every sin of yours was paid for in full. If you feel Jesus deserves your attention more than Santa, head over to this post and do yourself a favour.
 
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Getting People Saved Through Altar Calls



For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 

– Romans 10:13,14 (ESV)


  • Does your church believe in giving altar calls? 
  • Does your pastor ask unsaved people to repeat the sinner’s prayer after him?
  • What background does he give before asking them to pray the sinner’s prayer?
  • Does he talk about heaven and hell or does he just say something that gives a peaceful feeling that “Thank God, God loves me”?

Well, not everyone who prays the sinner’s prayer might be saved. God knows if they really meant it, or whether they know the basis of such a prayer. The Bible says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It does not say that all those who pray the sinner’s prayer shall be saved. It says that you must do at least 4 main things to get saved from hell:

  1. Repent of your sins
  2. Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and he incarnated as a human being
  3. He died (to bear the penalty of your sins and pay the price for your forgiveness)
  4. He rose back to life (to give you eternal life in heaven)

The Bible expresses and/or implies these points. But besides these, there are some finer nuances as well, like believing that you cannot save yourself, accepting him as your exclusive Saviour, etc.

I read an amazing article this morning on How to Botch an Altar Call. It is up on the Way of the Master site – a website of Living Waters ministry by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. If you are a Christian, you must read that article without fail. It not just has satire in it, but it also educates you on what all must go into an altar call for it to be effective. 

And as for leading people to Christ through prayer, the Sinner’s Prayer on this blog should be adequate. If not, please let me know in the comments below how I can improve it. But first, head over to learn how to botch an altar call!

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Magnetic Power of a god called Television

Since the last few days, we do not have cable TV at home, because the service provider has stopped broadcasting to our building. They used our electricity for free for 20 years. Now when we are asking them to pay up, they cut off our cable TV connection. What peace rules our home these days!

Generally speaking, I only look at TV – others watch it 🙂 But have you observed that the moment you turn on the television, all of a sudden, everyone’s attention shifts to that magnetic box? People are glued to their seats and watch with rapt attention as if swami-ji (colloquial for a religious guru) is delivering an important spiritual discourse! I have even caught people (and myself too, I must confess) staring at the TV even when there is a blackout – an interruption in the broadcast – or when the channels are not loading and the screen is blue. Such is the magnetic power of television – if you give it power.

When that happens, it might just be that the TV has become your idol – your god that is not a god. TV is just one example. Some other things that could have become your god, are mobile phones, tabs, computers, cars, bikes, food, work (Oh yes), tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol, the ideal body figure or target weight… Here are some indicators to help you decide if something is on its way to becoming your idol/god:

  • Do you look at it (e.g. a mobile screen) more than you look at your spouse, or baby’s frolicking face?
  • If a Bible were lying next to it, what would you pick up – that thing or the Bible?
  • Do you feel compelled to use that thing more, even though you know you used it enough and any more is just a waste of time?
  • Do you constantly think about it when not at work?
  • Do you feel lukewarm towards the things of God?


If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, it is likely that you are giving the TV or whatever it is, the status of a god or idol. Television, food, gadgets…these are just tools. They are just a means to achieving an end, not an end in themselves. And they can benefit you only if consumed in line with the Word of God, not instead of the Word of God. Maybe I am preaching this to myself too as I write. Let us all recognize that the world as such has nothing to offer to us. Like an uncle of mine once said, “The world is bankrupt.” Better to realize now and give it only so much attention as it deserves, and not a bit more. Let us give God the place He deserves in our lives and show tools the place they have in our lives.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” 

– Matthew 6:24 (NASB)

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Why Your Mind Deserves to Be Renewed

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2

When we are born again, our spirit receives an overhaul just like a car does. It’s the same body, but the engine is cleansed thoroughly by the blood of Jesus Christ and we are created anew. And all things of the spirit are from God. When it comes to the body, every cell in the body (except brain cells and some other cells), is replaced by a new cell at least once in 7 years. So, every 7 years, even unsaved people have new bodies. Then what is it that does not change upon salvation? It’s our soul – or mind. That is why the Bible asks us to proactively renew our mind. And what will we renew it to? To the Word of God – the Bible. That is the equivalent of regular maintenance of your car – servicing, refuelling, keeping it running to prevent it from getting rusty or cold.
So let us give our car the maintenance it needs and deserves. Our mind needs and deserves good maintenance because the one who lives in us is perfect. If a guest visited your home, you would treat him like a king. But what if a king made your home his abode? Will you treat him like you treat your family members (!!)? Or will you treat him like who he is and also begin treating your family members like they are kings too? Truly I say to you – if you are born again, then your family is a partaker of the promises of Acts 16:31 and the subsequent verses, and also other verses with promises. So you and they are kings.

Let’s treat our minds with the tonic of God’s Word – the Bible. I know it’s easy to teach or preach but challenging to live it out. God will help us. As we live out the command of God, we will have truly honoured the one who lives in us – Jesus the Christ – King of kings and Lord of lords. Say Amen to that!


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Evangelism: Only 10 Percent of World Born Again?

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

How many temples of false gods does the world have – can you hazard a guess? Less than 700 million I’m sure. And how many temples of the Living God does the world have? More than 700 million people in the world are born again – actually, close to a billion of us are born again. So who should call the shots? Of course, born again Christians.

Then why has this not happened till the time of writing this? Because of ignorance, theological differences, lethargy, lukewarm hearts, fleshly nature (not dying to self), unwillingness to unite and coordinate, etc. Basically, because of not using the mind of Christ that God has given to us at our new birth.

Our Saviour (and Lord) Jesus Christ has given us the following command in Mark 16:15…
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

If every year, each born again person leads only 1 person to Christ, in 3.5 years, everyone will have been savedOn average, each Christian has to lead only 3.5 people to Christ. That’s it! Maybe you need to preach the good news to many more.  You can sow the seed and someone else may reap the harvest. Your loved one might not believe your preaching but may receive the words of an unknown believer. Never mind – you got your loved one into God’s Kingdom, right? That’s what matters.

So let’s go and evangelize – whether face to face, on Facebook or by sharing your personal testimony. Lead people to Christ by using this sample sinner’s prayer.

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God Saved Their Family, So God Will Save Yours


First read these verses:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9 (emphasis added)

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” – Acts 10:34,35 (emphasis added)

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” – Romans 2:11

This is our third post in a series of posts on God’s promises in the Bible to save your entire family. It may not be the last.

If you read those verses carefully, then I don’t even need to write this blog post. But still I will – because I love to write!! But seriously, be comforted by this, that if God was merciful and kind enough to save those wretched, shameless sinners (like we were once!), He will surely save your family members. Because He does not discriminate between two unsaved human beings. He is the ultimate grace-giver. Grace means extra time to catch up – to get right with God. Even though man keeps sinning against God daily, God does not kill him – He lets man live some more so he can repent of his sins and accept God’s plan of salvation. That is God’s grace.

So if God gave grace to someone else’s spouse or parents or siblings or children, He will do that for yours too – you have His Word on that!

What, then, is the breaker?

One of the things that make a difference is speaking the change. A preacher’s daughter was sort of in love with an unsaved man. So she began to pray the usual prayers for his salvation: “God, please send someone into his path who will share the Gospel with him…” Then God spoke to her: “Speak the change.” So she began speaking positive confessions about him being saved. Within a month or maybe a few months, he got born again. Now if speaking the change can work for her, it can work for you. If she could marry that guy because of her confessing the Word, so can you have Godly relationships with your people by doing the same thing – declaring, proclaiming the victory that Christ has given us. After all, did he not die to get us all saved!

As you begin your journey of speaking the change, I pray in Jesus’ name, that may God’s Word become flesh in the lives of you and your loved ones. Do keep me updated on your progress. God bless you and use you as a blessing!

Here is a sample Salvation Prayer to lead your loved ones when they want to accept Christ.

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