Different Expressions of Love

19 Jan

What is the nature of man?

“The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
(Genesis 2:7)

  • dust & breath
  • body & mind
  • material & immaterial

What if we further divide the immaterial part into heart, soul, and mind as found in the greatest commandment? (Luke 10:27) To maintain the dichotomy these are still one part, but they are different manifestations of the immaterial aspect of man. The verb in the commandment is ‘love’. This chart explores different ways love can be expressed:

SOLO

IN

active

passive

heart
looking for beauty appreciating beauty
soul
prayer (conforming our will to God’s) receiving the Holy Spirit
mind
studying learning
strength
exercise relaxing

SOLO

OUT

active

passive

heart
creating emotion
soul
prayer (supplication) submission to God
mind
writing thought (inspiration)
strength
building spasms, sleepwalking

SOCIAL

IN

active

passive

heart
accepting love being loved
soul
Lord’s Supper Baptism
mind
listening being taught
strength
accepting encouragement being encouraged

SOCIAL

OUT

active

passive

heart
loving your neighbor as yourself* love
soul
church (visible) Church (invisible)
mind
communication being understood
strength
work willingness to serve

Some of these are imprecise, but they help in providing a framework to approach human nature as they apply to our individualistic, communal, active, passive, inward and outward experiences.

Next to explore: How do we experience these?

———-

*The second commandment (Matthew 22:39)

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3 Responses to “Different Expressions of Love”

  1. yancey January 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    What about the immune system expelling diseases as an example of solo-out-passive-strength love?

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