Have you ever imagined what the world look like if love didn’t exist? Life wouldn’t be worth living if love didn’t exist. Love is why we exist and why God created us.
According to 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, If we have faith and not love we are nothing. If we give all that we have and not love, we gain nothing. No matter what we say, what we believe, what we do, if we don’t have love, we are bankrupt.
In the English language, love is a very broadly used term. We use it to describe food, people, relationships, clothes, etc. There is not much distinction between what we really like versus what we really love. For example, I love potato chips and I love my husband. Even though I used love to describe both a thing and a person, the context of love is different.
So how do we differentiate the different types of love?
The word love is used all throughout the Bible and has four different translations. The definition of love is so much better understood when translated according to the type of love being described. By learning the four different translations from the Greek language, we have a better understanding of what type of love the verses in the Bible are describing.
Agapē– means “love.” It’s the highest form of love, charity; the selfless love God gives us and we give God.
Philia– usually translated “brotherly love”, meaning friendship love. Where the city Philadelphia was named the “city of brotherly love”, now is the “city that loves you back.”
Storge– is also called “familial love”, it is the Greek word for natural affection, a love which a parent gives their offspring and vice versa.
Eros– (erotic) Eros refers to “passionate love” or romantic love.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to love each other with Agapē love, the way God loves us.
10 Bible Verses That Describe God’s Agape Love For Us-
1. God doesn’t merely love, He is love. 1 John 4:8 “God is Love.”
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:8-10
2. Without love we are nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 MSG
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
3. Everything God does flows from his love. 1 Cor. 13:4-7,13 NIV
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4. The epitome of God’s Agapē love, his sacrifice for us. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
5. A Father’s love for His son. John 3:35
“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.”
6. Agapē love makes us united and complete. John 17:23
“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
7. How a son loves his father through submission and obedience. John 14:31
“but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.“Come now; let us leave.”
8. When we love others the way God loves us, others will know God’s love. John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
9. We are apart of God’s family, we are his children. 1 John 3:1
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
10. When we give Agapē love for one another we are giving love the way God gives us.
“Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:21
To follow Jesus is to love. We are called to Love. Let us love one another.
What Bible Verses remind you of God’s Agapē love for you?
How has God’s Agapē love affected you?
Our world could use some love right now. As brothers and sisters in Christ, What can we do to show others God’s Agapē love?
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:18
Go Deeper: Family Bible Reading Challenge! Nothing grows our love stronger and deeper than when we fill our hearts and homes with God’s words, especially when we read scripture together!
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