The opposite of love is not Hate rather Apathy ~ Ace Andres
(Apathy is the lack of emotions)
In my first go around with the definition of The Verb: “To Love”, I went into the roots of the word. We discussed the 3 forms of love, Eros, (sex) Philia (brotherly) Agape (huh?)
Agape needs to be examined closer and I’ll try to keep it short. (I promise). Agape is the Love of mankind. Imagine showing concern and love for someone you loath. This is why we are instructed not to hate. Hate, although it is an emotion, interferes with your ability to forgive and ultimately show love for your enemy.
Jesus said that it was easy to love those who love you. But what virtue exist in that?
I would presume with my finite pea brain that what Christ meant when he said: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, (In the parable of the Good Samaritan) He meant that if you show compassion for a stranger, you have become their neighbor. (Luke 10:25) If a stranger wants nothing to do with you, they are not your neighbor. Pray for them regardless.
Recently, I witnessed the death of a biker that passed me while I was going 4MPH on the freeway and he was going about 50 to 60. I saw a flash of a biker wearing a blue T-shirt. In my mind (I know I wrote about this yesterday) I said to myself: “He’s going to kill himself”. Less than a minute later I saw his lifeless body on the road and what was left of his motorcycle. All I could do was pray for him. In retrospect, had I shown love and compassion, and been a neighbor; I would have prayed for him as he flew by my driver’s door. (Not pass judgment on him) That is Agape love. I failed.
Do you see how I’m thinking? I’m nowhere near the vicinity of perfect. But I’m learning. When I see ad hominem attacks on politicians, I have to refrain from getting involved. I need to remind myself to take the higher road. Look for the opportunity to show agape love.
I want to be the Good Samaritan.