Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Love - It's Just Greek to Me!
With the coming of Christ's birth, I am left to ponder the true meaning of Love. God sent His only begotten son knowing that He was going to be cursed and murdered on the cross - even though He lived on earth WITHOUT sinning! He didn't deserve this, and yet He loved us enough to sacrifice His own son for our salvation. The depth of His love is unfathomable to me.
In an attempt to understand God's love in a better way, I decided to look up the Greek words for love.
1) Storge- This means affection. It represents a natural affection that one would feel for a family member. Like the love a parent has for a child.
2) Philia- This means friendship. This is a virtuous kind of love. Representing loyalty.
3) Eros- This is a passionate love. A romantic love with sensual desire and longing. This is the love God intended to be between husband and wife.
4) agape- This means "I love you". But not in a sensual way. This is the love used to describe Jesus love toward the beloved (us). It is a self-sacrificing love. Representing the desire to give love to all, both friend and foe. (Love your neighbor as yourself). This is the word most often used in the New Testament.
I wish the English language had more depth, I really enjoy looking things up in the Greek because the meanings are so much deeper and richer.
I hope that as you enter into this Christmas season, you take the time to ponder God's love for you - and for your neighbor! I hope these definitions will bring more meaning to your love.
To all of you reading this, I give you philia or is that agape? :D