The Bible talks about four different types of love – storge, phileo, eros and agape. Here’s how you can celebrate each this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a take it or leave it holiday for some. You can read about it’s weird start in this blog post. I love it because it helps us pause and remember we need to tell those around us we love them.
Through the lens of the Bible, we’re going to take a dive into the different types of love we see when we read Scripture.
Pronounced stor – ge, this type of love is that instinctual affection between a parent and a child. It’s what familial relationships are.
Some say examples of storge love are the relationship Mary and Martha have for Lazarus. Another example of storge love when we hear about the kind of upbringing Timothy had and how the women in his life were played quite a big role in his faith development.
To celebrate a family member this Valentine’s Day, you could do something like buy a stuffed animal for your children or send a grandparent a card.
Phileo, also seen as philia, is known as the brotherly type of love. In some works it’s translated as “friendship” or “affection”
An example of this type of love is the conversation Jesus is having with Simon Peter in John 21:15-17. Christ asks Peter if he loves him three times. The first two times, Christ uses agape, or the all-encompassing love God has for His children. The third time, Christ uses phileo, or brotherly love. Peter’s response all three times is he phileos Christ.
To celebrate your friendship this Valentine’s Day, you can do a number of things. Grab a gift card to your friend’s favorite place to eat. Get them a personalized gift.
Eros is the sensual love shared between a husband and a wife.
We often see the priority God places on sex in marriage all throughout Scripture. Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” We also see in Ephesians 5:22-30 that God equates marriage to the relationship Christ has with the church. We should protect, honor and value this relationship and what it brings.
Agape love is the all-encompassing love God has for us. His children, sinners. He sent His son to redeem us and create a way for us to have a relationship with Him after He tried and tried Himself.
It’s welcoming, it’s endearing. And sometimes, it’s hard to comprehend that type of love. Using something like a Bible and other study materials can help us understand what kind of relationship God wants with us.
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