A Holy Vacation

A beautifully written piece by Susan

Susan Irene Fox


The apostle Luke tells us a Samaritan village rejected Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. John and his brother James asked Jesus, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people who have rejected You?”

Jesus turned toward them and rebuked them: “You just don’t get it. You don’t know what manner of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man came not to destroy people’s lives but to save them.” (Luke 9:54-55)

In English, we only have one word for love, which renders us inefficient in describing it. In his book, Repenting of Religion, Gregory Boyd describes the four words in Greek for love. Storge is affection for something, like your pet. Eros describes romantic or sexual love. Phileo is friendship. And now we come to agape.

Agape is universal and unconditional, it is a commitment…

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