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The Meaning of Love. Definitions of Love In the English language, love means many things: Saying I love you – can mean friendship, falling or being in.

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1 The Meaning of Love

2 Definitions of Love In the English language, love means many things: Saying I love you – can mean friendship, falling or being in love, Christian love, or anything in between We also say I love pizza with the same word and it just means you to like to eat pizza a lot

3 Love in Hebrew In the Hebrew language, love means many things: And make me savoury meat, such as I love (ahab), and bring [it] to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. (Gen. 27:4) And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him [but] a few days, for the love (ahabah) he had to her. (Gen. 29:20) And thou shalt love (ahab) the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deut. 6:5)

4 Greek Definitions of Love Phileo – brotherly love such as brotherly/sisterly Christian love, from which the city of Philadelphia name comes from Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (philadelphia); in honour preferring one another (Rom. 12:10)

5 Greek Definitions of Love Eros – name of the Greek god of love; husband-wife type of love

6 Greek Definitions of Love Agape – supernatural Christian love (John 3:16) – For God so loved (agape) the world..

7 Greek Definitions of Love Agape – supernatural Christian love (John 3:16) – For God so loved (agape) the world..

8 Contrast between Agape and Phileo John 21:15-17 v. 15- So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest (agape) thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. v He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest (agape) thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. v He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest (phileo) thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love (phileo) thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

9 Agape Verses in the New Testament Agape – But I say unto you, Love (agape) your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matt. 5:44) And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mar 12:31) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

10 Agape Love Chapter – 1 Cor. 13 Agape – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (agape), I am nothing. (I Cor. 13:1-2) And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity (agape). (1 Cor. 13:13)


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