“Lovest thou me?” . . . As we strive to develop this TYPE of love

Another amazing week here in Zlin! Quick run through of the week:
Tuesday, May 19:  we tracted for a good part of the day and filled up the rest of it with various forms of street contacting including English contacting and family history contacting;
Wednesday, May 20: we focused on less active work and were able to meet up with two amazing members and discuss missionary work with them;
Thursday, May 21: we had district meeting in UH, a little town about 40 minutes south of Zlin, and when we returned had some miracle contacting occur after an appointment didn’t show up for a lesson;
Friday, May 22nd: was amazing we did baptismal surveys for contacting and were able to find several people that were interested in baptism and set up appointments to meet with us;
Saturday, May 23rd: was weekly planning, tracking, and game night, where the members played some ping pong and board games;
Sunday, May 24th:  was great, we had the less actives we had taught come to church and catch up with some of the members;
Monday, May 25th: Today was typical Preparation Day, grocery shopping, laundry, studies, and contacting.
So the spiritual thought this week is about what it means to truly have Christlike love. In Matthew 22:36-40 it reads:
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 
 
From this, we learn that love is the fulfillment of all the laws and prophets; because in the love of God, and in the love of Christ, all things are fulfilled. Therefore, how important is it for us to learn how to love? During my personal studies I read, in Luke, the story of Christ speaking to the apostles at the Sea of Tiberias. Speaking to Peter the Lord says, “Peter lovest though me?” To which Peter responds, “Yea Lord though knowest I love thee.” As the story continues on Christ asks Peter the question twice more.
Curious as to why the Savior repeated it, I began a deeper study of what the scripture reads. Having learned that different languages have words that express things other languages can’t express I looked to see if there was a different meaning for love in the other languages. I found that in the Greek, the word love transforms into one of three forms that don’t exist in the English language. These three forms are: agape, meaning unconditional love; philia, meaning brotherly or reciprocating love; and eros, meaning physical love.
So in Greek, and I paraphrase, the Lord says to Peter, “Peter agape me?”
Peter responds with, “Yea Lord philia.”
Again the Savior asks, “Peter agape me?”
Again Peter responds with, “Yea Lord philia.”
Giving up the Lord asks Peter a final time, “Peter philia me?”
“Yea Lord philia.”
Peter didn’t understand what the Lord was asking him. What Christ was asking Peter was, ” Peter do you love as God loves? Can you be unconditionally kind? Can you act rather than react? Can you avoid being vindictive and look to be prayerful and kind? Can you avoid contention? Can you seek the Spirit? Can you find ways to praise others, rather than identify their faults?”love-essence-meme-1404888-mobile
Unconditional God-like love means to have the ultimate concern for everyone one in the world and bringing about righteous service. Think of this in relation to the Savior, and the example He has given through His love of all mankind, through his atonement. Unconditional God-like love means that I love you and separate you from your behavior. No matter what you do I will always do my best to help bring you closer to Christ and find happiness. The point is this: look for good, look to serve, look to be a beacon of light and service rather than a judge. I know that as we strive to develop this type of love, we will find more joy in our lives, our burdens will become light, and most importantly we will come to know, understand, and appreciate our Savior in a new light. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I hope you all have an amazing week!
Happy Days!


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