A perspective of LOVE

According to dictionary and wikipedia.com,  love defined is a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Of course there is also the personal attachment one may feel toward another, but this manifestation of love is derived from inner feelings.  The misconception is when the word “love” is portrayed as a noun. Many people utter the words “I love you” to express an inner feeling in which they hope is returned. But love itself is demonstrated by actions and not limited to an utterance. When you genuinely love someone, you love in spite of, even if that individual person doesn’t return it. When love is genuine, you remain the same even if you see him or her with someone else. Now, this will touch your inner emotions to see someone with another person. But LOVE still loves simply because the individual is happy. The Holy Scriptures delcare that we ought to love each other as ourselves. This backs up the notion that “love” is best described by an individual’s actions.

According to wikipedia.com, from a cultural view, Greek distinguishes several different senses in which the word “love” is used. Ancient Greeks identified four forms of love: kinship or familiarity (in Greek, storge), friendship (philia), sexual and/or romantic desire (eros), and self-emptying or divine love (agape). Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of romantic love.[28] However, with Greek (as with many other languages), it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words totally. At the same time, the Ancient Greek text of the Bible has examples of the verb agapo having the same meaning as phileo.

Agape means love in modern-day Greek. The term s’agapo means I love you in Greek. The word agapo is the verb I love. It generally refers to a “pure,” ideal type of love, rather than the physical attraction suggested by eros. However, there are some examples of agape used to mean the same as eros. It has also been translated as “love of the soul.”

Eros (from the Greek deity Eros) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Greek word erota means in love. Plato refined his own definition. Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. Some translations list it as “love of the body.”

Philia a dispassionate virtuous love, was a concept addressed and developed by Aristotle.[citation needed] It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity. Philia is motivated by practical reasons; one or both of the parties benefit from the relationship. It can also mean “love of the mind.”

Storge is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring.

Xenia , hospitality, was an extremely important practice in Ancient Greece. It was an almost ritualized friendship formed between a host and his guest, who could previously have been strangers. The host fed and provided quarters for the guest, who was expected to repay only with gratitude. The importance of this can be seen throughout Greek mythology—in particular, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

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The Rose of Ebony

Ebony had a secret….

An ill-advised relationship with a married man in the church sent Ebony down a path of regret, which led to an unplanned pregnancy. When the pressure of being the pastor’s daughter and carrying a married man’s child weighs upon her, emotions flare. Shortly afterwards, she threatens to publicize the entire affair, deciding to bear the consequences of the matter.

After an untimely event, and unprecedented conviction, Ebony is forced to confess as she battles with thoughts of betrayal to God, the church, and herself.

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Moments of Euphoria

Life itself can become a tedious journey if you are unsure of your purpose. So many people parade around without an assurance of their identity. We all have a purpose to which happiness will pour as the waters of Niagara Falls. The day you discover your purpose, life itself will become an overshadowing of euphoria.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

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Character Interview with Ebony Rose(The Pastor’s Daughter)

Interviewer: We would like to welcome a very special guest today, the star of “The Pastor’s Daughter,” Mrs Ebony Rose.
Ebony: Thank you for inviting me. I wouldn’t call myself a star, simply a young woman who was delivered by the power or God.

Interviewer: I must say that I love the cover. The silhouette and the perfect blend of color really paints a vivid picture of grief.

Ebony: I can’t take credit for it, but I had a little imput in the final design.

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Question. We will go ahead and jump right into the interview. The show is yours. So please tell the readers who are you.

Answer. My name is Ebony Rose and I am Bishop Rose’s daughter. A few months ago I became a hypocrite of the sermons I heard and the words I shared as a youth instructor.  I allowed my flesh to lead me down a terrible path which involved a relationship with married minister at the church. As you said earlier, I became stricken with conviction and grief and found myself in the valley of decision. I came forth with my testimony to show the dangers of sin and the power of God to deliver.

Question. Speaking of testimony, will you please tell us about your story?

Answer. When the author and I spoke about sharing my story in the form of a novelette, I was a little skeptical about publicizing such a personal story. Not because of shame, but due to the fact of reliving the events mentally as I pour out my heart in written form. My story, The Pastor’s Daughter, is about a young girl caught in an ill-advised relationship with a married man in the church. In the process, a child was conceived. When the pressure of being the pastor’s daughter and carrying a married man’s child escalated, my emotions flared. After an untimely event, and unprecedented conviction, I was forced to confess as thoughts of betrayal to God and the church burned within my soul.

Question. Now that’s a story! What made you decide to share this story?
Answer.  Well, a lot of people, women in particular, need to see firsthand, through my testimony, how dangerous uncontrolled lust can take you. Being a pastor’s daughter, I should have known better. I allowed the lust of the eyes to blur all the biblical teaching my father taught me. The Bible speaks expressively about sin, sex in particular. I see too many women disregarding martial vows for a moment of pleasure. It’s sad and oddly present in the church. I chose to become an open book so that people can see and learn from my mistakes.

Question. Wow. I know it took a lot of courage and I commend you for coming forth with such a life-changing story. Earlier you mentioned, ‘Being a pastor’s daughter, I should have known better.’ Do you care to elaborate on that?

Answer. Well, first of all let me say, sex outside of marriage is wrong on so many levels. So many women confuse love for lust and find themselves engaging in all types of sexual activities because of a feeling, created within the canvas of their mind. When you are consumed by passion, at times, the mind cannot discern the difference between love and lust. In the process, sin is birth without any form of conviction. In some instances, you move in together as if you’re married and expect God to bless a lifestyle of such. He frowns upon things like that. The Bible declares in the book of Proverbs: 15:29 ‘The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.’ That scripture alone is self-explanatory. Wicked simply means, evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous. I knew people who wouldn’t curse, smoke, or drink alcohol,  but yet they engaged in sexual activities and had children out-of-wedlock. Some had multiple children from the same man without marriage. I’m not here to judge, but the point I’m making is some of these people have no room to criticize other people as if they themselves were living perfect. This is called self-righteous. It’s when you determine the state of your livelihood by the things you are not going, while being blind to the things you are found guilty of. Unforgiveness is a prime suspect for retaliation and resentment. In general, some people live however they desire and attend church on Sunday as if paying penitents for their sinful life. What people don’t realize is that everything you do has consequences. Or as the Bible declare, ‘you reap what you sow.’

Question. Wow again! You are indeed a pastor’s daughter. If you don’t mind me asking, since you know or should I say knew all of these things, how did you become caught up in the whims of your flesh?

Answer. I asked myself the same thing and the only answer I could come up with is found in the Bible. In the book of James, it’s says, ‘But a man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.’ So everything happens by a process. Firstly, you are driven away from truth by your own lust. Lust defined means a strong urgent desire to posses. So in order words, it’s when you see something or someone and desire to have it. In that emotional surge, the conscious is seared and your only objective is the object of your obsession. The enticement comes along when your curiosity is tickled or peaked. This comes in all forms, but the initial type of enticement in regards to human affection is derived from conversation. The more you converse with someone, the more you get familiar with them, and eventually feelings will develop in one way or another, depending on the steer of the dialogue. For me, this led to a path of… I’d rather let the readers found out. Read my story and you will learn more than I could verbally say.

Question. Ha-ha. We all need to read your story and I urged women and men to read it. Ebony, you have said so much already. The eyes of my understanding are wide opened. I pray that many people read your story. Having read it myself, I can assure they will walk away with something planted within their soul. Do you have any final words for potential readers?

Answer. Yes. No one has room to point the finger because we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. You maybe strong now but it took some time for you to get there, so have patience with those who have not arrived or been delivered from their sins. Jesus hates the act itself, but He loves us and by His blood, there is still access to receive His free gift of salvation through repentance.

Surprisingly my story is not complete. There is more coming within the next couple of months, a story, more like the prequel to my story. I felt as if I rushed through my previous story. I was anguish. You know, like someone over joyous about a blessing from the Lord. My blessings were healing and deliverance. I knew the importance of my testimony and how it could help someone. After talking with the author, we have decided to release the prequel to my story. Keep your eyes and ears open!  May God bless you all.

Interviewer: There you have it folk, an insightful interview from Ebony Rose. Before we close out this broadcast, we will share an insert from her wonderful story. Enjoy and be sure to click on the links below for the kindle or paperback edition.

Chapter One

Sunday Morning 9:00 a.m.
A screaming sob ricocheted against the pale blue bathroom walls as Ebony collapsed on the cold, tile floor, a gut-wrenching moan pouring from her lips. A pink and white pregnancy stick floated in the toilet, two lines showing clearly as it sank to the bottom. She curled up on the floor, surrounded by boxes of pregnancy tests, her body shuddering as tears streamed down her cheeks. When her emotions ceased, she dragged herself out the bathroom and knelt before her bed.

“Lord, I have sinned against you. I stood before your people as an example and because of the desires of my flesh, I became a hypocrite. Please forgive me….”

As she poured her heart out in prayer, every sermon her father preached flashed through her head like a caution light. If only she had listened.

Now it was too late.

She didn’t relinquish the position on her knees until they became numb. She pulled herself along the thick beige carpet, stepping over balls of Kleenex tissues, and returned to the bathroom. Her reflection crashed memories of sin on her mind— all she saw was him— the minister she’d been having an affair with for the past few months. The thought of the ill-advised relationship pooled tears in her dark ebony eyes.

As the pastor’s daughter, Ebony was admired for her poise, kind heart and words of inspiration, but most importantly, she was esteemed for her lifestyle of celibacy. Just like the early morning dew, her reputation as an example of holiness among the members in the church would evaporate because of lust….

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