Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”
-Love in Hebrew is written as ahava & it means desire & affection. Love can simply be defined as a feeling of strong attractions, emotional attachment & an act of the will. In Greek, love is classified into 8 parts. The first 4 main types are: – Agape – love of God, Storge – love for family, Philia – love between friends & Eros – love that involves sexual passions & desires. The others are Ludus – affection between young lovers, Mania – obsessive love, Philautia – self love & Pragma – love that has matured over time. Love always comes first & exists before anything else, for God is love (1 Jn 4:8). Further, the law is summarised in love (Mark 12:28-31), the fruit of the Holy Spirit is hierarchical & love comes first (Gal 5:22) & finally, love predominates the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 13:2).
-Jacob loved Rachel because of her form & beauty, & was willing to sacrifice seven years to demonstrate this love. Seven is the number of completion, thus his love for Rachel was mature. This love extended to Rachel’s offspring & after she gave birth to Joseph, he was ready to relocate to his own country (Gen 30:25). As we approach valentines, may the love of God strengthen our relationships, friendships & marriages so that we may realise the true nature of God in our lives.
We thank You Lord our Father for Your everlasting love & mercy for us. We humbly ask You to impart Your love in our hearts, that we may remain united to You, our partners, family members, friends, neighbours & with other nations of the world. Help us for forgive one another & find love according to Your purpose. We praise You & glorify Your name forever. Amen
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