Greek words translated “love” in the New Testament:
Agape’ – greatest of all Christian virtues (1 Cor. 13:13)
nature of God ( 1 John 4:8)
Philia – deep affection
Sometimes these two word are used interchangeably.
Compare: Matthew 23: 6 (agape’) to Luke 11:43 ( philio)
John 19:26 (agape’) to John 20:2 (philio)
- What aspects of human personality are involved in loving God?
heart (the inner man; the control center; the will)
soul (the emotional aspect)
mind (the intellect)
strength (the body)
- How do I know that I love God?
John 14:15, 23; 1 John 2:4, 15; 5:2-3
- How do I acquire love for God?
Loving Thy Neighbor
- Who is my neighbor? Luke 10:25-37
- How do I know if I love my neighbor? 1 John 5:2
- What does loving my neighbor involve?
A. Commitment to do no harm. Romans 13:10
B. Commitment to be loyal. Matthew 24:13
C. Commitment to seek their highest good.
Sometimes involves tough love. Example: Discipline of children.
- Men shall be lovers of their own-selves.
- Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.