Week 1 – Love

Week 1 – Love – The habit that impacts everything else.

Every positive trait that impacts our character and relationships emerges from love.   It is a misconception that love is a feeling and that is uncontrollable.  While both of these are factual about infatuation, it is not about actual love.

The Bible uses four words for love:  1. Eros is sexual love.  2. Phileo is brotherly love.  3. Storge is the affection of a parent for a child or a child for a parent.  4. Agape is a selfless love, an endless and unconditional love that is demonstrated by the character qualities of God.  It is love of the highest level.  A love that is brought to maturity.  To develop Agape love in your relationship you must first make a decision to do so, followed by taking actions to do so. Love is a commandment that is demonstrated by a commitment.

We all know the bible verse from 1 Corinthians 13:7-8: “Love always protects, love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails”.   Always has the idea of consistency.  The key to success in anything that lasts is consistency. Relationships that last consistently protect the people you love by defending them and sharing in their hurt. We protect our relationship when we carry those we love.   Relationships that last build a lasting trust by keeping our promises, not taking wrongful advantage of each other, doing the right thing even when no one is watching and doing all of these things consistently over time.  Relationships that last keep feeding hope into the friendship.  Hope is the desire and the search for a future good that is difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help. To feed hope keep focusing on the positive instead of the negatives.  Have a willingness to forgive.  Choose to look to the future when the present is doubtful.   Relationships that last refuse to quit, they always perseveres.

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