The Word

The English language can be very confusing at times. There are words that have multiple meanings. One of my favourite examples of this type of word is read. Did you read what I wrote correctly? Have you read what I wrote correctly? Not to confuse but rather show how important it is to understand the meaning behind the words.

What are some of your favourite English words that cause confusion?

The Bible uses words that are often translated into English with a word that may not convey the exact meaning intended by the original author. This is why it is so important to know the context of a word. The Greek words translated as the English word “love” are important examples.

The Four Types of Love

Affection (storge) – Storge is a term for love in the Bible you may not be familiar with. Even though this Greek word for family love is not specifically found in Scripture it is implied.

Romantic (eros) – the Greek word for sensual love is Eros which is self gratifying. Not outright mentioned in the New Testament but can be found in the Old Testament Song of Solomon.

Friendship (philia) – Philia is the type of love in the Bible that most Christians practice towards each other.

“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

Charity (agape) – it is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ is the example of this kind of divine love.

“”This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John‬ ‭15:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love. It’s what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Agape love is…profound concern for the well-being of another, without any desire to control that other, to be thanked by that other, or to enjoy the process. Madeleine L’Engle

The Four Types of Love:

Word Study: Agape Love