From Eros to agape: Various shades of love

Hi dear friends. Welcome back to Our Daily Bible Bytes. Today we are going back to the the basic human expression called “love.”

Love is found everywhere and everyone understands the love language. They say that love language is an universal language.

In Greek language love can be expressed in four different ways. They are namely Eros, Philia, Storge and Agape.

Oh yes, everyone knows this.😀 Just to refresh our memory. Eros love is referred to physical aspect of love. Which deals with the sensual feelings.

The Philia love is referred to the love between very good friends. Storge love refers to love of parents towards their children.

And the last and not the least is Agape love.😇👏👏 This love is the selfless love. This love portrays God’s love towards mankind.

We as humans have all these shades of love towards others. The Eros love is essential in marital relationship. Philia love we have towards our buddies. Storge love is showered by parents towards their kids even when kids are grown up.😀👍

The agape love is……….. I am not sure. Only God knows how much I love others with selfless love.🤔

In our Christian life, we are expected to attain the highest form of love. In the beginning of our spiritual journey, the love that we have for God is Eros type (platonic type, which is without physical attraction.) We have selfishness hidden in our love. We love him because He is willing to forgive and giving us eternal life. We want more blessings, gifts, miracles, etc.

Afterwards our love grows to Philia type. We develop a great friendship with Jesus Christ. He becomes more closer than real blood related brother.

Proverbs 18:24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Gradually we begin to love God’s children within the church and outside the church with same intensity as God loves them. This is Storge love.

Finally, the love reaches the pinnacle. We desire God more than anything else. We should be able to say to the Lord, “Lord take my ministry and everything else but I want you.” This kind of love is very difficult for us. Nick says, “more than arms and legs I want you Jesus.”

I write this post more for myself than anyone else. Let us examine our love. With kind of love are we loving our Lord?

John 21:15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”

Let us grow in the love of the Lord.

Dear Lord, you know me more than anyone else. Help me Lord to love you as you have loved me. I pray in Jesus name.

Shalom 🕊️

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