|SERMONS, ESSAYS AND OPINIONS||
Love is the fundamental essence of God. 1 John 4:8 says
- He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love. (agape)
Philia is often used in a sense that means the brotherly love of friendship.
Agape is often used to describe love that is unconditional and limitless.
William Barclay notes that "Agape has to do with the mind, it is not an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live"
Note that Jesus said "Woe to you Pharisees! For you love [agape] the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market places" in Luke 11:43. Agape tends to mean the total commitment and dedication to something and does not necessarily mean divine love.
- Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud, doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
Storge is often used for the natural affection of families.
Eros is usually used to mean sexual love, and is also the love of beauty. The word is not found in the New Testament.
- Agape has to do with the mind, it is not an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live
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