Starter: Wordsearch LOVE
Different uses of the word love... EROS sexual- 'being in love'
Storge Love of things
Philos Friend love
Parentos parental love
Agape Christian love- putting others before yourself
LOVE What are the meanings of the different Greek words for love? EROS, STORGE, PARENTOS, PHILOS & AGAPE.
Christian believe that ‘to love’ selflessly is one of the main purpose of life! In fact they believe the purpose of life is to love God, self and others. Jesus taught the Great Commandments- Love God with all your heart, mind and soul & love others as you love yourself! • What do Christians believe their purpose of life is? • What does this mean in practice?
Jesus taught people to put AGAPE into practice... Many Christians look to St. Paul for guidance on what Jesus meant by agape.
St. Paul wrote… I am nothing without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than self. Love is not jealous. Love doesn’t show off. Love isn’t big headed. Love doesn’t force itself on others. Love doesn’t like to see others in trouble. Love isn’t always “Me first”. Love doesn’t fly off the handle. Love doesn’t keep a score of peoples wrongs. What does agape require?
TASKS • What would be the advantages of living in a world where agape is applied? Give at least 3 points. • What are the difficulties of applying agape in daily life? Illustrate with at least 2 examples. • How does applying agape give Christian life meaning and purpose? • What do you think about the Christian purpose of life? Give reasons for your point of view.
Homework • Complete ‘Love…’ worksheet for next lesson. Plenary How might a Christian respond to the opinion that ‘agape’ is a waste of time.