One of my friends, who I refer to as a beautiful phoenix, recently said to me that generally Christians get a bad press. As with most large religious organisations the central message can often be lost in the politics and hierarchy of the organisation. The negative aspects of organised religion can drown the core meaning: love.
Sat with my phoenix friend we were having a discussion about love as the heart of Christianity, and she said that the last time she discussed love with a Christian she was told that there are five different languages of love:
v Words of affirmation
v Receiving gifts
v Acts of service
v Quality time
v Physical touch
As she revelled in understanding the beauty that she was discovering the joy on her face was plain to see.
Love is not just central to Christianity; I think it is also central to humanity.
It was great to discuss the whole range of opportunities that we have to find a language to express our love so that the person we are communicating with can understand us and we can, in turn, better understand them. Each person we meet may have a different way of understanding love and to determine the best love language you have to find out what works for them and practise expressing in that way to them ... because of love.
What love language do you express in? What language of love do you receive in? Help those who love you by sharing your knowledge and the communication and sharing of love between you will progress for a long time ... just like Christianity.