CHARACTERISTICS OF LOVE
I CORINTHIANS 13: 4 - 7
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JESUS CHRIST said, "You have heard that it was said, You shall
your neighbor and hate your enemy, But I say to you, love your
enemy, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you"
(Matthew 5: 43, 44).
While we joke about loving our neighbor, we go on hating others
we don't like and resenting those who don't like us.
The love Christ showed is the love He wants us to show. He
practiced what He preached. A waiting and needy world is
waiting for those of us who profess to believe what He taught to
start demonstrating our obedience to His commands
Reflect for a moment on the three Greek words for love, two of
which are used in the New Testament.
EROS is the one not used in the New Testament. This speaks of
physical attraction between persons on a sexual level. We get
our word "erotic" from it.
PHILOS is the New Testament word which describes friendship and
brotherly love. It is warm affection apart from sexual
AGAPE is the word for love most often used in the New Testament.
It means "the ultimate, willful act of self-sacrificing for the
welfare of someone else." The proto-type is Christ love for us.
It is Calvary love.
AGAPAO is the verb form. AGAPE is the noun.
Only when we AGAPE Christ properly can we express eros and
In the name of sexual freedom many people want to experiment
before marriage with eros hoping that in marriage it will result
in philos and agape. This is ...
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