Monday, March 04, 2013

Revisiting "Love"

Below is a repost of a brief comment I put up here at The Seventh Sola a few years ago about the subject of love. It's been on my mind again of late—most recently as I reflect again on the four Greek words for "love," and what they mean. Those words are "storge," "eros," "agape," and "phileo." Of all those words, "agape" is the only form of love where emotional involvement is not necessary. It's the "God" kind of love—unselfish, disinterested, and intended for the ultimate good of someone else. Here's what I said back in 2008, and the reflection is worth revisiting:

The following passage from the Gospel of Luke is well known enough. It gets quoted quite often . . . 

And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (Luke 10:27). 

I wonder if any of us really understand the ramifications of this commandment of Scripture, and I mean in their entirety? What would be the results if we really obeyed it?

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