Love as Triunal?

 
The online urban dictionary quotes Sophocles: ‘One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. 
Not to be the guy who sees the glass half-empty but I’m not sold on the idea that this one word will free us from the ‘weight and pain of life.’ I love my wife and family, but there is still some pain I experience.
(Especially, when it comes to paying self-employment taxes. To tell you the truth I’m not feeling the love at that moment!) The loss of a loved one fills me with a deep sense of emptiness and pain. Being separated from my children leaves a searing void in my heart.
 
This morning’s devotional was entitled, The Triunity of Love. I have never thought of love as being Trinitarian. 1 John 4:8 states: ‘Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ The writer of the devotional began to explain the concept of love. Love needs a subject and an object and love itself is a verb. There you have it: the Triunity of love. Not so, as the writer continued. God as Father loves the Son and this love of the Son emanates by the Holy Spirit. Now we have the Triunity of Love.

The Bible speaks of two types of love (even though in the Greek world at the time there were four terms for love.) The love we have, say of a friend is different from the love God has for us. A third type of love (love of family) is used in the negative twice in the New Testament (Romans 1:31 and 2 Timothy 3:3) and is combined with another form of love in Romans 12:10.

C.S. Lewis gives us insight into the lexical meaning of these three types of love in his book entitled 
The Four Loves. The term used in the negative twice is the love that exists within a family and he refers to it as Affection. He states: ‘Affection can love the unattractive…Affection opens our eyes to goodness we could not have seen, or should not have appreciated without it.’ He states concerning the second type of love, ‘To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue.’
 
The love that God has for us is so different from the other forms of love we can experience in this life. It carries the meaning of unconditional acceptance of another without the expectation of receiving anything in return. Wow! If we could practice this type of love what a difference, we could make. Francis Schaeffer once wrote, ‘The church is to be a loving church in a dying culture.’ In the culture we live in today the world takes upon itself the right to judge whether we are accomplishing this mandate or not. Schaeffer labels John 17:21 as the ‘final apologetic’ – ‘that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.’ The only way the world will ever know or believe that the Father sent the Son is the unity we have with one another and we are united with the Father through Jesus.
 
In closing, I would like to end with Romans 12:10. The word used is a combination of friendship and love of family. ‘Love one another with 
brotherly affection.’  Brotherly affection is one word and carries the meaning of being devoted to one another. Here at Wakefield Central does Zebulon understand this about us. That we are truly devoted to one another? Or do they have another perception of who we are? Are we concerned only about our own and not others? What can you do today in your sphere of influence to reinforce the perception that we are a community of believers that cares for and are devoted to one another? And maybe in some small way we can free someone of the weight and pain they may be going through.