We are smack dab in the middle of a sermon series on love, and specifically, the Five Love Languages, a book written by Dr. Gary Chapman. It’s normally used as marriage help/advice, but we are using it as a lens to understand the different ways Jesus communicated love. For someone who might be on the fence about this whole Christianity thing, it’s pretty intriguing stuff.
Dr. Chapman’s observations and definitions about these different ways of communicating love comes from years of practical, counseling experience of different cultures, couples, and situations. And it does make a lot of sense.
For example, one love language is Words of Affirmation. Like when Jesus tells the story about a master saying to one of his servants – “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Or when he tells Peter, “You are the rock upon which I will build my church.”
Another example might be Quality Time, like the scripture we used on Sunday (Luke 19:1-10), where Jesus spends the day with Zaccheus and transformation comes to his house. Wherever Jesus goes, he knows the power of time and spending time with people to communicate love. Some of the people in the Gospels have never been treated in such a respectable, compassionate way before.
The three languages ahead, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch, continue to flesh out these different ways of speaking love effectively.
What’s the point? Jesus was a master orator of love. And he continues to be. As disciples, we are challenged to live like Christ, and that means speaking love, as best we can, in all we do. The world needs more compassionate people who speak love like no other.