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Simply Loved (1 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
For God so loved the world that he gave1…if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.2
We have already looked at how Jesus explained that God's commandments are fulfilled in love. It's not the other way around. Love fulfills the law, but the law cannot produce love. We'll look at how the law is fulfilled through Christ in another chapter. This chapter will explain the love of God since it is the foundation everything is built upon. The Bible says that if we gave everything we possess to the poor and even if we give our own bodies as a burnt offering, without love it means nothing, and profits nothing.3
The Bible uses this extreme example to show Israel that the process of fulfilling the law cannot win God's favor. In the Old Testament, God established a Law of Atonement where an animal would be sacrificed in their place as an offering for sin. This atonement was not what fulfilled the law of righteousness. Not only that, if they went beyond the law and offered themselves in sacrifice to God, it still would not be sufficient.
To understand the love of God we must first realize how it compares to human love. The New Testament scriptures were written in Greek. The Greek language has three words we translate into the word love.
Philia is a brotherly kindness type of love. It means to love with warm affection or friendship.
Eros means passion and is often referred to as a sexual type of love. The Bible never uses Eros as a word for love, but the Greeks used this word in much the way we hear it used today. People associate physical passion with love.
The last word is Agape. Agape is self-giving, self-sacrificing, outward focused love. It is the type of love that focuses on another without regard to self. The love of God is always referred to as Agape.
Philia and Eros are normal parts of human nature, but Agape is not. When I love another in my own human nature, it is always in light of how my l ...
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