Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 25, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Call for Mutual Love
Description

 

The Call for Mutual Love

The Call for Mutual Love

“ This is my command, That ye love one another, as I have
loved you”. John 15:12.

The word Love is historic in usage, varied in its

contexts, universal in scope, soothing in thought, and

the nexus in Christianity. Love is expressed in human

interactions as seen within families, teacher/pupil,

playmates, neighbors, Church members, and numerous

other human gathering. In view of the pervasiveness

of love, our sermon for today has been entitled, The Call

for Mutual Love. It will be anchored by John 15:12. The

message will encompass the following dimensions,

namely: 1. Some definitions of love, 2. Some categories

of love, 3. The nature of Jesus’ love, and 4. Jesus’

commandment to us.

Prior to examining these components of the text,

attention will focused on the word LOVE. Admittedly,
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love is a widely discussed concept across age, gender,

nationality, and numerous other criteria. It is labeled by

terms such as puppy love, childhood love, real love,

Christian love, and enduring love.

Against this overview of love, attention will now be

focuses on the earlier specified components of the text,

the first of which is – some definitions of love. This word

is variously defined depending on the context it is used.

Hence, just a few will herein given. Love “is a feeling of

strong affection toward another person…”, “ Love is

profoundly tender, passionate affection for another

person.” Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and

attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love

my mother”) to pleasure (“I loved that meal”), love means

“ to like another adult very much and be romantically and
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sexually attracted to them…”. Love, when focused on self,

is known as egoistic love. This Sundry discussion of love

by definitions now leads to the second phase of the sermon

which is a love by classifications; only two types will be

discussed herein: the academic – psychological or

philosophical and the Biblical. The work of C. S. Lewis

represents the first type. He proposed four types of love;

namely: Storge – a type of empathy bond, Philia – friendship,

Eros – erotic bond, and Agape – unconditional love ‘God’ love’
The Biblical topology is confined to three types,

namely: Eros, Philos, and

Agape. The first type, Eros,

the Greek god of love. It was

also referred to as erotic love, this is a selfish kind of love

as it associated with sexual love.

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The third type, Agape Love,

a special type which represents the divine-love of the Lord

towards his Son Jesus Christ, the human beings and all

believers. This is the best of the three types of love in the

Bible, in fact Jesus himself showed this type of divine love

to his Dad in heaven and humanity. Agape love is the love

that God commanded all believers to have for everyone

whether he/she is a believer or not. Agape love should never

be determined by our feelings; it is more of a set of

behaviors or actions. With agape, you do not have to

actually feel it for you to give it, which means that you can

be able to show love without feeling anything at all. At times

feelings can follow after showing this kind of love.
Philos Love, although out of the order, is a unique kind

of love like the one you have for a companion or pal. It refers

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to loving one another just like your brother or sister. This

love is for a pal who is really close and dear to us and it is

characterized by various different shared experiences

between two people. In fact this is the kind of love that

many Christians tend to practice towards one another. And

although philos love is really wonderful, it is not that much

reliable, since it can end up souring at times as we have all

experienced at some point in our lives.

This discussion of the love types leads to the third

aspect of this sermon which is the nature of Jesus’ love.

“For one thing, his love was never possessive. It was his

pleasure to give rather than to require love. It was never

dominating. He did not seek to force his own ideas or

plans on anyone. His love also was never soft. He did not

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try to save his friends from trouble or pain. Yet again, his

love was never easy going.”

These highlights on the nature of Jesus’ love leads to

the last dimension of the sermon which is Jesus’

commandment to us as found in the textual anchor,

John 15:12, “ This is my commandment, That ye

love one another, as I have loved you.” “How can

we reach a love like his? There is only one way. It is

to keep ourselves in the place where his love can

reach us.” If we so conduct ourselves, Jesus’ words

as recorded in John 15:12 will bid us welcome “Ye are my

friends, if you do whatsoever I command you”. Beloved

such a relationship exemplifies Mutual Love. Amen!

 

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