“2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” (Phil 2:1-11, ESV)
An enduring love
What would you do for love? Our minds can go a few directions wih that question. “What would I do to get love or keep that kind if love?” OR “What would I do because I have that love for someone?”
The book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman has been a resource to many couples trying to understand each other’s ways of loving and even grow in their showings of love. It explains that different people love and feel loved acording to different cues. For some it is through physical touch, others service, others words of affirmation, others physical affections, and for others it is quality time spent together. Part of a couple’s challenge is to identify and build intentional loving into their day based not only on one’s own love language, but based on the language of the other person so that love given would also be love received.
The Bible presents numerous examples of God’s love in action for you and me. Philippians 2, reveals His intentionality. He meets us where we are, in our need, so He might love us through service. Jesus’ humble service of incarnate life and then death on a cross was for love (because of it and to aquire it). He succeeded. Jesus is love come down to us and He is love raising us up with Him in life, love, and glory.
Many people in our El Paso/Juarez Metroplex listened to the song. “Amor Eterno” (Eternal Love) on the weekend of All Saints Day. It was played and sung with longing and sadness. Jesus comes as a love song from God, bringing us true eternal love. In Him we share in the love of our creator and enjoy with all assurances from God the promise of enduring love, even beyond the grave.