What is Love?

Happy Valentine’s Day! In the Bible (Septuagint–Koine Greek translation of Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament) there are four different Greek words that are translated as LOVE. There is στοργή / storge (family affection), Φιλεο / phileo (brotherly love–it is where the name Philadelphia comes from), ῆρος / eros (sexual love), and finally ἀγάπη / agape (unconditional love). Agape or a form of the word is used throughout the New Testament.
Jesus uses a form of this word when talking to Nicodemus in John 3. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (3:16).
This word agape has the meaning of “to love based on its regarded value” also to “demonstrate love.” God loved us and demonstrated that love to the world (people of the world) that He sent Jesus. Jesus’ unconditional love would be demonstrated when He gave Himself on Calvary’s Tree to take away our sin, all of our sin! That whoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting (eternal, never ending) life!
The Bible is God’s love letter to you, have you read it? Do you know the Jesus Christ personally who gave His life for you? His unconditional love came to set you free!

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