When we talk of “love” according to the will of God and the divinely inspired scriptures of the Bible, we must remember that of the 4 words the Greeks use for love, only 3 are used in the Bible. Those words are: Agape, Phileo, & Stero.
Agape is the generous, humble, sacrificial and willful act of love, commonly referred to as charity. This is the most common form of the word “love” contained in New Testament scriptures.
Phileo is the unimpassioned love of friends.
Stero is the brotherly or familial love.
The word that is NOT used is “Eros”, the root word for Erotic. Eros is a desiring, selfish, taking love, the opposite of what Christ told us to to share with others.
John the Evangelist writes of the giving love encapsulated by the word “Agape” in his first letter:
– 1 John 3:15-18 – “Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself. In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. He that hath the substance of this world and shall see his brother in need and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth.“
Faith and love which results in willful deeds, a.k.a. works, is what John is asking each us to do for love of God and ALL of His creation.
Thought for today: If we ALL are to faithfully and obediently love God with ALL of our minds, hearts, souls, and deeds, how are we doing as individuals in this difficult task assigned to each of us by Jesus in the flesh?
God, please give us the grace of Charity so that we may lovingly do ALL that you will of us, and so that we may help others to know Your love in ALL that we do. Amen.
May God bless you this day!