February is the month of love, and Valentines Day is right around the corner. Kay and I have given much thought to the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” While the meaning of this may be discussed and debated, there is no question that Jesus places a high value on love—and especially loving one another. The Carpenter’s said it all with their hit song, What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love. Oh, if only our local, state, and country’s leadership could acknowledge this!
The message this Sunday morning was on the 5 aspects of love. Pastor Bill Duke, FUMC, Mission, Texas, preached a great sermon again, and gave pause to the subject of love. (Dr. Sam and Annette Bailey preached on a similar series when we attended Twin Lakes Baptist Church.) I sure wish these ministers would quit preaching directly to me!
- Eros—Romantic side of love
- Storge—Trust, stability, secure love
- Epithumia—Love making, sexual relations kept sacred and holy
- Phileo—Friendship, soulmate love
- Agape—Unconditional, umerited love
Agape love is best described in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
After church, we stopped by Sam’s Club to pick up some “play” coffee for Kay, and then drove to Costco for a few items. It is so nice to have Costco close by.
I cleaned the RV while Kay did laundry, and then met Al, Sharon, Wayne, and Betsy at Crazy Joe’s for some Texas 2-step dancing to the sound of Roland Garcia, Jr. Back at Bentsen Palm Village, Kay watched part of the Super Bowl, and I watched other stuff on TV, not having an interest in football since Peyton Manning was not playing. We caught the latest episode of Downton Abby, the hot BBC Masterpiece series on PBS, and then tuned back to the Super Bowl to watch the final minute.
It was a pretty great Sunday here in the RGV.