Agape, Phileo, Eros, and Storage

Subtitled: What Is Love

1️⃣Love is not a bad thing.

  • all love comes from God
  • He is the source of all good things
  • the love that you have in you comes from God
  • the love that you have for others comes from God

2️⃣Love is something to be craved.

  • we are created in God’s image
  • by nature we need:
    • to have love
    • to give love
    • it is natural to pursue love

3️⃣Love is something to be shared.

  • we are created to be in relationships
  • there are many different kinds
    • depending on the Christian study, there are 3-4
      • Eros love – erotic love, between a man and a woman
      • Agape love – divine love, the one Jesus has for all of us
      • Phileo love – type of love Christians practice with one another; brotherly love or close friendship; conveys a strong feeling of attraction
      • Storge love – family love

4️⃣Love languages are different for every person.

  • we are all created unique and special
  • we express and experience love in different ways

Conclusion

Love is a wonderful thing. It becomes even more awesome when we realise that there is more than one kind open to us. God is just that good. Knowing the differences allows us to experience it more, in deeper and more meaningful ways.

📖Phileo Love in the Bible

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10 ESV)

 

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another… (1 Thessalonians 4:9, ESV)

 

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1, ESV)

Other Thoughts

We can never have too much of God in our lives, and since God is love, we can never have too much love.

There is value in appreciating the love that we have, and the love that we get from others.

There is wisdom in realising when we are abusing the word “love” by giving it our own definition, as opposed to recognising that it comes from God above all else.

Love (in all of its forms, at all times) should always be in context of what God says about it in His Word.

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