LOVE is the universal language understood by all.
- Love is an intense feeling of deep affection.
- Love needs no translation.
- Love can be spoken without any words.
- Love can always be felt by the heart.
There are four Greek words for love that we need to translate to understand their meaning.
1. Eros is romantic love.
- Eros is a love of passion and is a love that is an emotional involvement based on body chemistry.
- The basic idea of this love is self-satisfaction.
- Eros looks for what it can receive.
- Eros could be considered a dependency and conditional type of love.
- It can extend to deeply intimate friendships as well.
2. Phileo is the love of the soul.
- Phileo is a higher love than eros because it is our happiness rather than my own happiness.
- This love comes from our heart by beautiful qualities seen and felt from another person.
- Phileo is a companionship type of love and involves giving as well as receiving.
- This is the kind of deep love parents feel for their children and the love children feel for their parents.
- In the scriptures, God is said to have this kind of love for us and Jesus.
- Jesus felt this kind of love for his disciples.
3. Storge is the love of family and love of community.
- Storge is a natural love and affection.
- It is a natural love of the soul for a husband or wife, child or dog.
- It is a long-lasting feeling within a man or woman for something close to him or her and that he feels good about.
4. Agape is unconditional love.
- Agape is the most unselfish and generous kind of love in the Greek language.
- Agape love delights in giving and keeps on loving even when the loved one is unresponsive, unkind, unlovable, and unworthy.
- Agape love is a parental, mature, sacrificial type of love that puts the loved one first beyond everything else in their lives.
- Agape love is the love that God has for us and is the reason why He sacrificed His son for us.
- Agape love is the reason why Jesus obeyed God and sacrificed himself for the deep love He has for all of us.
- It is the kind of love we are commanded to have for one another.
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness” ~ Robert Muller
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton