What is love? How is it described in society? How is it described in the Bible?
Love is used to often to describe how someone likes something, example “Oh my I love this computer.” But to often we forget what true love is and we forget where it comes from.
Love originated with God. God is love.
When defining love dictionary.com defines it as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A sexual passion or desire.
With that definition at hand I think it is time we understand what biblical love is. There are different kinds of biblical love Eros, Storge, Agape, and Philia.
Eros (AIR-ose) is the physical, sensual love between a husband and wife.
- Eros or erotic love, is portrayed in the Old Testament book, The Song of Solomon. God is very clear in his Word. Sex outside of marriage is forbidden.
- Read 1 Corinthians 7:8-9
Storge (STOR-jay) is family love, the bond among mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.
- Many examples of family love are found in Scripture, such as the love and mutual protection between Noah and his wife, their sons and daughters-in-law in Genesis; the love of Jacob for his sons; and the strong love the sisters Martha and Mary in the gospels had for their brother Lazarus.
- Read Exodus 20:12
Philia (FILL-ee-uh) means close friendship or brotherly love in Greek.
- Philia and other forms of this Greek noun are found throughout the New Testament.
- Read Romans 12:10
Agape (uh-GAH-pay) is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.
- This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers.
- Read John 14:21
With these four types of biblical love defined so that we can understand them better, I hope we can begin to love the way that God loves us.
I encourage you to step out and to use one of these kinds of love today.
Verse of the day:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. —Isaiah 40:28-29