“Love”

I say the two simple words “love” and “you” so many times a day others may find it unreal. I once read an article saying that the concept of “love” has become so under-saturated we use it to describe our enjoyment of activities or things as dumb as objects or food.

But I don’t think we can entirely blame people for their use of the “word.” Because, at the end of the day, it’s not just a word. It’s so much more than that!

If we were to blame anything, we should blame the English language and its lack of words to describe the so many different kinds of “love.” There are so many types of love, and we most certainly don’t have enough word in the English dictionary to truly describe all of them!

There’s love for strangers, love for acquaintances, love for friends, brothers and sisters, parents, children, significant others, love for God, and God’s love for us (which is so much more above any form of love we could ever truly understand).

One thing I love about the Bible is the amount of words it has to describe the different forms of “love.” There are in total 5:

  1. Ahab- describes a variety of intensely close emotional bonds.
  2. Agapao- unconditional love, preferential love that is chosen and acted out by the will. Not love based on the goodness of the beloved, or upon natural affinity or emotion. Rather this is a benevolent love that always seeks the good of the beloved.
  3. Agape- designates love between persons or people for God. Founded upon deep appreciation and high regard.
  4. Phileo- signifies friendship, fondness, affection, delight, and personal attatchment. This word is one of feeling.
  5. Philadelphia- with the roots words phileo, “to love.” and adelphos “brother,” this word signifies loving someone like a brother or sister. Fraternal affection.

Source: https://www.olivetree.com/blog/5-biblical-words-love/

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