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Barry Lewis November 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Excellent article! I was unaware of the different definitions of love. This article has made much clearer the kind of love that God demands of us. Thank You!

Robert November 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Thank you Barry for reading and commenting. As I did some studying for this article, I too was fascinated by the contrast between God’s love and man’s idea of love. We have such a shallow perspective of what true love should be. As with so many things, we need to return to the Bible to get a God-given education on so many things. God bless you Barry.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Jack Wellman November 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Robert, in my own comments, many times I have a gap in my agape but you always seem to close that gap in the agape and if there was anyone who I know that is more like Christ than you, I haven’t met them yet. I thank God for you my brother and give thanks be to God for you. You are living the loves mentioned here in truth and in all sincerity.

Robert November 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

Jack,
Any good qualities I possess are gifts from God, believe me. He is so good to us, better than we deserve. The Bible says that God is love, therefore, when one rejects God they reject love and vice versa. God bless you Jack.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Russell Doherty November 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

In this day and age Agape Love is difficult to use and continue. The harsh and bitter world makes us want to follow the misery and hatred. I refuse to let my soul be weak and miserable. I appreciate this blog for it helped me to put into perspective the different meanings of Love used in the Bible. We shall find true happiness following the will of God and showing agape Love for others out of humility no matter what the outcome. God Bless

Robert November 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

Hi Russell,
You are absolutely right, agape love is impossible without a relationship with God from whom agape love originates. Agape love is always in conflict with the world and its idea of love, which usually means “I will be kind to you as long as I get something out of it”. Stay dedicated to Him and He will fill you with His love. God bless you Russell.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

John Lemmon November 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

G’day Robert,
It is a pity that the Bible translators did not have the foresight to translate each of the “love” words to better convey the meaning of each word used. Today the word “love” is used so loosely the scripture loses it’s meaning. Thus it is good that you raise this issue and point to the nuances in the Greek for each of the words.
I’m surprised that you didn’t include a reference to 1 Corinthian 13, which is a great description of what the “agape” love is all about. Someone once said “love is a verb” and this scripture proves it. “Agape” love is very much about behaviours, attitudes and actions we have and take with each other, and it reflects the way God loves us. (e.g. Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful…etc 1 Co 13:4-7)
All in all though, an excellent article and a great reminder to consider the depth of what the word is saying.
God bless,
John

Robert November 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

G’day to you John,
(is that an Australian accent I imagine I’m detecting)
I thank you for reading and for you comment. You have some excellent insights there in your comment also. I think the Bible translation that might (and I haven’t checked) explain the nuances of the words translated ‘love’, might be the Amplified Bible…I’ll check it out. The I Corinthians passage is a great idea, the reason I didn’t include it is because the article was already pushing its work limit (I tend to be somewhat wordy sometimes). Although it would make a great topic for another article. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Derek Hill November 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Wonderful job again Robert! I always learn from you when you write. I had never even heard of the Storge type of love before this article. It is interesting. I love how you said, “It has been, and continues to be, my experience that an almost tangible feeling of love exists wherever a group of Christians gathers.” I could not agree more! I love Sunday mornings and the excitement of going into our Father’s house to worship with my fellow brothers and sisters. It really does feel like a family. I can’t help but want to visit with my family of believers when I am there. And if I never meet you here on earth, I am looking forward to meeting you in heaven brother. God bless you Robert!

Robert November 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thank you Derek,
I appreciate your comment very much. I already feel like I know you. I think it’s the Spirit that bonds believers in that way (plus, we’re both musicians, thus both a little ‘different’)…I mean, in a good way. I look forward to meeting you in person, in this world or the next. Plan on it. God bless you brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

James Alvarez November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hi Robert,

Thank you again for this wonderful article. Love is indeed a very broad topic to discuss. And it is just so amazing to know new terms about love and a deeper explanation of what it means to love. I agree with your statement that it is impossible to give that agape love without a personal relationship with God. Thanks again for this inspiring article.

God bless,
James

Robert November 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

Hi James, good to hear from you again.
Thanks for reading and commenting. It is always a thrill to be used of God to encourage other believers. God bless you richly.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Mitchell Carter February 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Is there anything about Platonic love?

Robert February 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Mitchell,
Platonic love may be defined as friendship, companionship, etc. Did you have a specific question or concern. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Michael January 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

A start, but we also need to look at the Hebrew words. How they were translated to the Greek in the LXX and how they are translated into English.

pastor joseph maresi August 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

now i now more about love,
my the lord give us all as his children agape love in Jesus name

CASH Cooper January 7, 2016 at 5:35 am

THANK YOU PASTOR ROBERT FOR ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LOVE DEFINITION AM DELIVER A MESSAGE ON LOVE FOR THE HILL STREET CHRISTIAN CHURCH. ON 1ST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY @11AM SERVICE. FEBRUARY START BLACK HISTORY’S MONTH, AND WHAT A SUBJECT: THE AGAPE LOVE FOR YOU
THANK YOU SIR, AND MAY THE SUN CONTINUE TO SHINE IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE JOURNEY

Louise Antes October 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

What is the definition of Redeeming Love?

Jack Wellman October 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

Thank you Louise for your question. Redeeming love, to me, is a love that is willing to sacrifice one’s life to redeem those who don’t deserve it. That’s what Jesus did for us (Rom 5:6-10).

Kenneth December 28, 2016 at 3:38 am

Can you shine some light of where you got that Peter used phileo and Jesus used Agape in their conversation in John 21:17. I looked at blueletterbible.com and they both used the Greek word phileo. I was wondering what reference you used to make that claim. Thanks.

Jack Wellman December 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

Yes. It actually is on blueletterbible.com so try this out: https://www.blueletterbible.org/esv/jhn/21/1/t_conc_1018015 It is clearly given where the Greek uses the two different kinds of love.

Jeff January 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm

I have learned something new from studying love in the New Testament. I have heard about the different Greek words for love but never knew about storge. Thank you for the info
JSS

Barbara LeFevre July 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

With all due respect to the author, his definition of “agape,” which is the prevalent one taught, is incorrect as the word “love” in the following verses illustrates. Agape is devoted love, something God, as well as those who hate God, can demonstrate.

~ [Jhn 3:19 KJV] 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
~ [Jhn 12:43 KJV] 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
~ [2Ti 4:10 KJV] 10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
~ [2Pe 2:15 KJV] 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Jack Wellman July 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Thank you Barbara. Yes, agape is just what you said and is the same word for love used in John 3:16, which is still a higher form of love than •EROS Eros, Storge, and Phileo. Which love would you rather have from God? Sure, agape, for it is a love that is devoted and displayed most wonderfully in John 3:16.

Kenneth Musemeche January 26, 2019 at 11:07 am

What would fit under tough love? Also It should be said that ‘love your neighbor’ according to the book of numbers ,Means to love your race or kinsmen. When Jesus said ‘Love your enemies'(that means of your own kind who hard hearted) But never love God,s enemies(those who work to destroy our culture . for God said it Himself that ”He hates the workers of iniquity”and why ”Should you help the wicked and bring the wrath of God on yourself”

Jack Wellman January 26, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies, do good to those who do bad to us, and bless those who persecute you. The Old Testament Law allowed foreingers to lives among the Israelites if they obeyed the civil and moral laws. Yes, God hates the workers of inquity, but never does it tell us to hate them, the difference is God hates the sin, but saves sinners. There is neither Jew, nor Greek, nor native or foreign in the Body of CHrist. We are all one in Him Love your enemies doesn’t mean to love only our own kind. JEsus said that even the pagans do that. I pray you pray for those who hate us as Jesus commanded us (Luke 6:27-29). Otherwise, you are hating which Jesus sees as murder in the heart.





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