February 14, 2005
Valentine's day is about eros, or sometimes filial love.
These are the Greek words that deal with emotion.
Nothing wrong with that.
In our world, a little love goes a long way.
I hope you're sending one you love a card or verbal greeting today.
By the way, the history channel webpage has a good story on the myth and legend behind the name St. Valentine.
It is interesting reading.
There is another kind of love.
It is agape.
This love is selfless and does not seek anything.
It only gives.
We don't see much of that love today.
We define love conditionally: I will love you if you measure up to my expectations, or make me feel good, or meet my needs in other ways.
Agape loves gives without requiring anything in return.
And yet because it is selfless, it often produces a response.
God's love is agape love.
Scripture teaches: "even while we were sinners, christ died for us."
That's agape love.
So celebrate filial and eros love today, but remember the greater and better love - agape.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.