Episode 174

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

October 12, 2022

ep. 174

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“Love your neighbor as yourself.” A famous commandment from the bible. We talked about it 2 podcasts ago in our “Respect” episode. We realized that THIS topic would take an entire session at The Table. We even intimated that it could take several. TONIGHT begins that journey!

What does it mean to love others? What does it even mean to love yourself? Can we apply this to EVERY emotional need?

We’ll be talking about some of that at The Table this evening.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

  1. What does it mean to love?
    • Miriam Def – love verb
      • to hold dear : CHERISH
      • to feel a lover’s passion, devotion, or tenderness for
        • CARESS
        •  to fondle amorously
        • to copulate with
      • to like or desire actively : take pleasure in – loved to play the violin
      • to thrive in – the rose loves sunlight
    • Bilical Def
      • Agape – The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13.
      • Philia (pronounced FILL-ee-uh) conveys a strong feeling of attraction, with its antonym or opposite being phobia. It is the most general form of love in the Bible, encompassing love for fellow humans, care, respect, and compassion for people in need. For example, philia describes the benevolent, kindly love practiced by early Quakers. The most common form of philia is close friendship.
    • Lunchtime in Rome Def – to meet someone’s needs
      • Can you really say that you love someone without meeting their needs intentionally?
        • It’s hypocrisy to say that you do (intentionally) 
        • What is the bible selection that talks about this?
      • What needs?
        • Physical – food/water/shelter
        • Intellectual – education/skills
        • Spiritual – a sense of being and purpose
        • Emotional – duh
  2. Thus does it, in fact, mean that if we don’t meet others’ needs we aren’t loving them?

THE CREW

Jay Mitlo

Jay Mitlo

Brian Herr

Brian Herr

Eric Hammond

Eric Hammond

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson

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