“LOVE YOU”… Think about these words.
Many people frequently say or write “Love you” or “Love ya” or “Luv U” or other various forms of these words. Now, some people may take offense to this. Some people may be uncomfortable with this. Some may read more into this than they should, thinking “romantic love”. And then, some may be the ones who innocently say this, truly feeling an innocent love for that person. However, what we all must realize is that there are several types of love, not just one. Unfortunately, many associate “LOVE” only with sexual love….
There are 4 types of “LOVE” discussed in the Bible. Each of these “LOVE’s” have different meanings.
EROS LOVE– refers to sexual love, intimate love, or romantic love… or lust!
STORGE LOVE– refers to family love or familial love.
PHILIA LOVE– refers to friendship love or love between friends.
AGAPE LOVE– refers to a selfless, thoughtful, or unconditional love. Agape is the purest form of love…a Christ-like love, referring to God’s love for man and man’s love for God and their fellow human beings, not a physical attraction.
So, next time some one tells you, “Love you!”, realize that it may be a feeling of family or a feeling between friends or a pure unconditional “Christian” love. “Love you” does not necessarily mean a physical attraction. So for all of those out there who seek “love” in their lives, realize that there are different types and different reasons to say those words…
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)