Developing Holy Love Healthily and a Relationship
Apostle Burnell T. Williams Sr.in “Developing a Mature Love" provides the reader with a road map to fulfilling love in every realm of life, both physical and spiritual. In Part One, Williams speaks about the progression of mature love. He uses the parallel of this love to that of a tree. He begins with the seed which he likens to Lordship love or “Agape" love, as it relates to God and Jesus Christ.
The root develops and is thought of as friendship love “Philia/Philos" love, a spiritual family love, or the body of Christ. The tree itself is kinship love, “Storge, " the physical family, husband and wife. The fruit produces son-ship love, Eros, or fruit of the womb, children and offspring. The fruit also is equated with spiritual maturity, the Divine, or the fruit of the Spirit.
Part Two develops the yardstick for developing spiritual maturity. In this section Williams begins with Ruler-ship or Lordship. This includes love, joy, and peace. Stage two is citizenship or friendship love and includes longsuffering, faithfulness, and self control. The ambassadorship or kinship phase adds kindness, goodness and gentleness.
Burnell Williams writes with directness and develops his material in an orderly progression. His writings are built on solid Biblical principles and his teaching is based on sound doctrine. Developing a Mature Love is written for Pastors, Bible teachers, family counselors. Laymen wanting a better understanding of attaining and maintaining healthy and holy love relationships will also benefit from this treatise.
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Richard R. Blake, Christian Education Consultant, Book Store Owner