Christ’s Five Love Languages
Based on Dr. Gary Chapman’s framework in The Five Love Languages, we recognized God’s choice to love us in an extravagant way. We reviewed the difference His love makes, and we discussed the idea of having a full spiritual love tank.
Now, we’ve come to the basis of the book’s popularity, the five love languages, as they pertain to Christ. Again, it is the extravagance of His love for us that is at the forefront of His Will done in this particular fashion. It’s important for us to understand that God so wanted to relate to us that He came down in the flesh to experience life as one of us, among us, as an example to us of life lived on purpose. Not only was the love of Christ extravagant, it was also relational. So as we review the Five Love Languages of Christ, let’s look for the different ways God relates to us through Christ.
Words of Affirmation
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1, 14 CSB
Words hold power. Scripture states there is so much power in the tongue that it holds death and life. So when words are affirmative, the power they hold are life-giving.As the Word in the flesh, Christ is our life-giving spiritual support. His words encourage our hearts. His words affirm our identity. His words reflect our relationship with God. His words are the power we receive.Christ is the affirmative Word of love that we all long for.
His physical touch is healing to our bodies and our souls. Just before He delivered the Sermon on the Mount, He healed many throughout the crowd.
The whole crowd was trying to touch Him, because power was coming out from Him and healing them all.
Like 6:19 CSB
During His time physically in our presence, His power was so glorious that it attracted the sick and the tormented to Him. Once healed, they were primed to receive the greater gift, not of physical health and well-being, but of forgiveness and salvation.
Acts of Service
One of the most significant acts of service that Christ performed was the washing of His disciples’ feet.
4 So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him.
John 13:4-5 NLT
This act of service, just as the many we read about throughout His ministry, as well as the countless other miracles He performed that weren’t recorded, were always for the purpose of leading by example. His unique style of servant leadership exemplifies the humility we are called to operate in.
12 After washing their feet, He put on His robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
John 13:12, 14-15 NLT
Christ desired to be amongst even the least of us. He wants each one of us to know that He loves us and that we’re special to Him. Spending quality time with individual people, from the woman seeking well water to the young children running into His arms to a tax collector in a sycamore tree, were some of the most beautiful and intimate moments where we see divinity come to live among us personally.
5 When Jesus came by, He looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” He said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
Luke 19:5-6 NLT
The last love language is a special one…the gift of salvation. As we reflect on the extravagance of God’s love for us, shown through His Son, we anticipate the day that all the world will know that He is indeed our Savior because He loved us enough to offer to save us from death and from ourselves.
For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 CSB
Receiving the gift of salvation and forgiveness for all eternity is the single most valuable gift ever offered. To know that God loves us so much that He wants us to spend all of eternity in His presence is amazing! To know that He will go to extravagant lengths to call us, save us, and relate to us is unimaginable. How He loves us is unlike any other love we could ever receive. Christ’s most prominent love language of gifting is our most precious treasure.
What other ways has Christ shown His love for us? And how specifically have you shown the love of Christ to others?
Share your revelations below.