Everyone knows what love is. It’s a strong, passionate affection and attachment to another person such as what we share with our friends. We share this type of love called Phileo love with many people in our lives. Some people are also recipients of the Agape love of Jesus. Agape love is a selfless, sacrificial, unconditional type of love. It is considered by some to be the highest form of love. Eros love is the kind of love that is usually shared between a husband and a wife (gotquestions.org).
Recently, I discovered a type of love that I had never heard of before. I learned through my “Unlocking the Treasure” Bible study for mothers of special needs children that the type of love that God is referring to in Jeremiah 31:3, “The Lord appeared to us in the past saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with loving kindness,'” is the kind of love that is firmly rooted in God’s character. The Hebrew word for this kind of love is “Chesed.” Chesed love involves loyalty, steadfastness, and covenant commitment as well as kindness, tenderness, and mercy…It’s a love that doesn’t depend on the response or the behavior of the receiver (the person we are loving), but instead depends on the steadfast character and commitment of the giver (Roozeboom, 16).
This is the kind of love that I need to cultivate more of. It comes naturally and easily for me to show this kind of love when dealing with my special needs daughter, or any of my children for that matter! Even when it does not always seem as if they love me back, or they are behaving inappropriately. It’s another thing altogether to show this kind of love when dealing with people who supposedly love you but hurt you, or people who do not like you. I definitely need to exercise more of this type of love toward my husband, And I definitely hope that he will show this kind of love for me! It is my prayer that I will have this type of love for everyone who comes into my life. It is also my prayer that you all will show and be shown this wonderful kind of love!
Definitions of Love retrieved from: http://gotquestions.org
Roozeboom, Bev, “Unlocking the Treaure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted With Special Needs Children”, (2011), Westbrow Press, Bloomington, Ind., p. 16