sincerely, kryz

5th of February 2023

5th of February 2023

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Dear Reader,

Agape, philia, storge, and eros.

Since it’s already February, you will probably hear these Greek words from your pastors and/or read them from a Facebook post on your favorite Christian page, in an attempt to share with you the different types of love.

Agape, the unconditional love of GOD, will surely be given the most emphasis among the four.  In the New Testament, agape is always used to describe the love of GOD towards HIS people. However, another Greek word, which has a different meaning in English, is used to describe the love of GOD. That word is “eleos” which is transliterated as mercy. The Hebrew word from which it was derived is the Hebrew word “hesed” or “chesed”.  

In the Old Testament,  “chesed” has been transliterated as “loving-kindness” or “steadfast love”. But as Chad Bird has written, “chesed is truly an untranslatable love”. Why? For this love is based upon GOD‘s covenant that HE will surely fulfill. This is the kind of love that pursues even unto the darkest abyss, picks us up, and puts us in HIS Glorious, Loving Arms. The kind of love that is not rooted in the works of our sinful nature, but is rooted in the promise that HE made HIMSELF.

We may not have the exact word we can use to translate “chesed”, but perhaps we can truly understand this very rich word in CHRIST JESUS, The SON – the personification of chesed.

The Darling of heaven humbled HIMSELF and came down here on earth to take the fullness of The FATHER’s Wrath. Something that even the mightiest warrior on earth won’t survive, even with just the tiniest bit of it. CHRIST showed on that cross, that while there is nothing of value that HE can gain from us in that sacrifice, HE was willing to do it because of chesed. Because HE is chesed.

“But GOD demonstrates HIS love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST died for us.”   

Romans 5:8

Have a restful night, reader.

May you rest in the truth that HIS love is chesed.

Sincerely,

Paul

hebrews 11:16

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