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God is love, and he who abides (dwells) in love abides in God, and God abides (dwells) in him. (1 Jn 4:16).
In the hours of darkness in my life, I hang on to the rosary, thinking how great God love is. I have to keep on doing it, or else my palpitation comes back.
I do not like to admit it, but I may have panic attack.
I want to be healed, and with the grace of God and the people that God sends, I will be healed.

You shall love your neighbour as yourself. (19:18; cf. Mk 12:29-31). Since God has first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere command; love is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us.

Today, the term LOVE has become one of the most frequently used and misused of words, a word to which we attach quite different meanings.

That love between man and woman which is neither planned nor willed, but somehow imposes itself upon human beings, was called EROS by the ancient Greeks.

The three Greek words for love, eros, philia (the love of friendship) and agape.

For the term PHILIA, the love of friendship, it is used with added depth of meaning in Saint John’s Gospel in order to express the relationship between Jesus and his disciples.

I wonder the term ORIGINATOR will be able to align people who believe in the GENESIS and Darwin’s evolution theory, since Darwin’s use the title “The origin of life”.

EROS needs to be disciplined and purified if it is to provide not just fleeting pleasure, but a certain foretaste of the pinnacle of our existence, of that beatitude for which our whole being yearns. The sacred prostitute in the ancient temple is an example of abuse of eros, this is not the eros we are meant to be.

Love promises infinity, eternity—a reality far greater and totally other than our everyday existence.

God loves, and his love may certainly be called eros, yet it is also totally agape. Eros is thus supremely ennobled, yet at the same time it is so purified as to become one with AGAPE. In my limited understanding, we could draw a Venn diagram, in which the intersecting part contains both EROS and AGAPE.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as “an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties”. Often this “intense affection” stems from a sexual attraction for that other person. We love other people, or we say we love other people, when we are attracted to them and when they make us feel good. Notice that a key phrase in the dictionary definition of love is the phrase “based on”. This phrase implies that we love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a CONDITION that we require before we can love them.

Our love is not only conditional, it is also MERCURIAL. We love based on feelings and emotions that can change from one moment to the next.

It seems the love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God’s love in our lives. We continue to love our children through good times and bad, and we don’t stop loving them if they don’t meet the expectations we may have for them. We make a choice to love our children even when we consider them unlovable; our love doesn’t stop when we don’t “feel” love for them. This is similar to God’s love for us, but as we shall see, God’s love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is HARD FOR US TO COMPREHEND.

God defines LOVE is in the act of GIVING.

God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love

References:
1. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est_en.html
2. http://www.allaboutgod.com/god-is-love.htm

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Written by blueroselady

June 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

Posted in God, health

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