IMG_8036A SPIRITUAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF LOVE would go something like this:

origins: fallen human love [Matt. 22:39; 5:46,47; 6:24] – We love ourselves (over God), we love those who love us back (not others who don’t), we love money (over God).

law: divine commands to love [Deut. 6:4, Lev. 19:18; Mk. 12:29-31] – We are to love the the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as yourselves.

(selah): We fall short of law because of origins.

spiritual redesign: loving through Jesus [John 3:16, Rom. 5:5;8-10; 1 John 4:7-12;19] – God sends his son Jesus Christ as the fullest expression of his love. He loved us when we were his enemies. We love because he first loved us. For followers of Jesus, he is the propitiation (covering for forgiveness) for our fallen human love. God pours his love into our hearts through Jesus who now lives through us as we submit to Him to love God/others.