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WHAT IS LOVE IN THE BIBLE?
For this topic, we will do a full review of what the Bible say about love and what the Bible did not say about love. Let us do a research on how the Bible describe what love is all about distinctly. Let us read the Bible verses below:-
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Excellence of Love
13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 3 If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.
4 Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. 5 It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. 7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.
Now we what love is all about. Next, let us look into all the types of love there are so we can understand them fully as our knowledge for wisdom:-
There are 7 types of LOVE:-
Comes from a Greek word. Eros love is a physical, sensual intimacy and romantic love between a husband and a wife. Sex is designed by God to be enjoyed by married couples so they can bond strongly as one. God does not permit sex before marriage (fornication), homosexual practice and married people having affairs (adultery). Bible scripture references:-
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
1 Corinthians 7:5
“Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Philia love is about respect, tenderhearted, affectionate & warmheartedness. Bible scripture references:-
1 Corinthians 16:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 If anyone does not love the Lord [does not obey and respect and believe in Jesus Christ and His message], he is to be accursed. Maranatha (O our Lord, come)!
John 5:20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 For the Father dearly loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will be filled with wonder.
Romans 12:10-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient[a] in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given[b] to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
John 12:25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
25 The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.
Storge love in Bible is about family love, care, protection & companionship. Bible scripture references:-
Exodus 20:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Romans 12:10 English Standard Version (ESV)
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
John 11 – Martha and Mary’s love toward their brother Lazarus.
John 1:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Genesis 6 – Familial love between God, Noah and his family.
Agape is a Christian theology. It is the love of God or Christ for mankind, a selfless spiritual love among Christians without sexual involvement. Bible scripture references :-
1) Revelation 1:5
And from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
2) Luke 10:27
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
3) Romans 5:5
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
4) John 17:26
and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
5) Luke 10:27
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
6) 1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
7) Romans 5:8-9
But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!
8) Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9) John 5:42
but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
10) Luke 11:42
But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
11) John 13:35
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
12) 1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up
13) 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.
14) Romans 14:15
For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
15) Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
16) John 16:27
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
17) John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
18) John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
19) 1 John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
20) John 17:26
I made your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have for me may be in them and I myself may be in them.
21) John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commandments.
22) John 15:10
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
23) John 15:9
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
24) Romans 12:9
Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
25) Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
26) 1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
27) Romans 8:39
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
28) Romans 15:30
Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me
29) Romans 5:5
Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
30) 1 John 4:8-10
The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love. God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.
31) 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
32) John 15:12-13
This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
33) Romans 8:35
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Ludus is a playful or uncommitted love. No relevant scriptures in the Bible.
Pragma love is long-standing or long-term, practical, compatibility, sharing the same goals and ‘making it work’ type of love with sex being no longer as the main interest. Arranged marriage couples often falls in this category. No relevant scriptures in the Bible.
Philautia love is the love of self or self-love or self conceit or egotism which is a selfish type of love. While we should care for ourselves spiritually and physically, we must never let philautia love to turn us into a selfish person. The Bible clearly teaches us to love God first and loving others as how we love ourselves. It did not say that we should love only ourselves. Jesus gave us the greatest commandment of all the rest of the commandments. Bible scripture references:-
Luke 10:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 So he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.”
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In Christ we serve