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EP. 149 The 4 Manifestations of Love


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Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week we are starting a new short series on the topic of love. In today’s episode, we are breaking down the four types of love expressed in the Greek language. Keep reading or listen to the episode to find out more!


Tim and Kimberly kick off the conversation by stating that there is nothing more important than having connection with God and others. At the end of our lives, all that is going to matter is the connections we have with God, family, and friends. How we define love is crucial to how we connect with others. We love different people in different ways based on our connections with them.


The Greeks distinguished four types of love and each has a corresponding word. In today’s episode we are going to discuss the four types of love: agape, philia, storge, and eros.


Agape: Tim defines agape love as “a mental attitude of submission for the needs of others.” First John 4:7-9 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”All love comes from God because God is love. Agape love is best exemplified by the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. Agape love is about giving without even considering receiving anything in return.


Philia: This type of love is defined as a brotherly love. Not necessarily referring to biological siblings but instead friendships founded in mutual trust, reliability, and companionship. These friendships are not necessarily romantic but philia love can be displayed in romantic relationships. It’s the type of love that describes how we love our brothers and sisters in Christ.


Storge: This Greek word describes a familial love or an affectionate bond that naturally develops between family members. When the heart is not broken or destroyed by a toxic family the natural flow of storge love is instinctual.


Eros: This is the Greek word for sensual or romantic love. Although the New Testament was written in Greek and the other forms of love are present in the text, eros is never used for love. This erotic kind of love between a man and wife is fine and biblical.


The reason love is confusing to us today is because we have romanticized love without understanding the biblical depth. Love is so much more than romance and so far beyond a feeling. Love has different facets but always begins with serving others.


Join us next week as we continue the conversation on love.


QUOTES


“Agape love is a mental attitude of submission for the needs of others.” -Tim


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


1 John 4:7-9 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”



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