God is love. It makes good sense then for Christians to spend a lot of time trying to understand love. In learning about love, we learn about our God. As Christians, we delight in the perfect love of God, and we seek to follow his Divine example.
In this series, we follow the pattern of C.S. Lewis and dissect love into four parts, because though they are all love, they are not all the same. Lewis's, The Four Loves, makes it a central point that these are all designed for our good and for our pleasure. It is worthwhile to consider each type of love and the blessings that are associated with it.
Lewis reminds us as well that each type of love has the potential to become an idol when we lift it up as the best form of love, as Lewis writes, "...then the truth that 'God is Love' may slyly come to mean for us the converse, that love is God."
As we explore each type of love, we consider how the Christian can walk the middle road between elevating something above God, and downplaying it to the point of denying something that God created for our pleasure and blessing.