Popular author and Pastor Gary Chapman spoke at Wednesday’s convocation service. Chapman, best known for his book “The Five Love Languages,” spoke about his most recently published book, “Love as a Way of Life,” which he began writing after an experience on an airplane left him wondering why some individuals are “lovers” and others are not.
“I don’t think it’s true that all Christians are lovers,” Chapman said.
Chapman pointed to several passages in the Bible that support the need for love in Christian lives, including Matthew 22:36-40:
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
“We have no idea the impact we could have on people if we simply treated them as though they were friends,” Chapman said.
According to his research, there are seven components to being a loving individual: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty.
“Love is stepping down so others can step up,” Chapman said.
He encouraged students to apply those components to their own lives.
“Nothing enhances relationships more than you being a loving person,” He said.
Chapman is also the author of “Toward a Growing Marriage,” “Hope for the Separated: Wounded Marriages can be Healed” and more than 20 other titles. He currently serves as a senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., hosts marriage seminars around the world and has a daily radio program called “A Love Language Minute.”
“We want you at least once to have the opportunity to go see the land of Christ,” Caner said.