June 17 – Kinds of Love – Eros

“And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.” II Samuel 11:2

King David was moved by Bathsheba’s beauty;  moved to sin.   The Greek word “eros” defines this kind of love. It is sexual love stimulated by instinctive physical desires.  It is a human kind of love which says, “As long as you are beautiful, kind, and stimulating,  I will love you; but, if you change,  my love for you changes.” This sensuous form of love has depleted our society.

In Proverbs 31:30a (NIV), Solomon writes, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting. .. . “Society focuses on the superficial qualities of charm and beauty. Because the world is shallow, there is a market for superficial love. Women and beauty are grossly exploited. This kind of love does not satisfy for very long.

The only place for “eros” love to operate honorably is within the confines of a Godly marriage. In marriage, sex brings unity, as well as the miracle of procreation. The marriage covenant adds the element of responsibility that brings God’s blessing and lasting benefit. Godly love is based on a commitment and not “feeling” alone. Intimacy outside of marriage is sin and carries with it many sorrows.

“Loving Father, help me to guard my affections so that Your love is perfected in me and my relationships are pure. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”


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