1 Corinthians 12:31b And I show you a still more excellent way.
At the conclusion of his instruction about spiritual gifts in chapter 12, Paul added: “And I show you a still more excellent way”. In chapter 13 he described agape love; Jesus said people will know His followers because they love one another [John 13:34-35].
There are three kinds of love in the Bible: Agape, Phileo and Eros.
Agape [noun] or Agapao [verb] Love: We talk about Agape but we live out Agapao. This term represents the love of the Father for Jesus and human beings. Jesus showed this love for His Father in heaven and for humanity. Agape is the love that Jesus commanded all believers to have for everyone whether a believer or not. Agape is used in all of 1 Corinthians 13 and agapao in John 3:16. Agape appears in 106 verses of the New Testament [for list click here] and Agapao in 110 verses [for list click here].
Phileo Love refers to loving one another just like your brother or sister.
Agapao and Phileo love are both used in John 21:15 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love [agapao] Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”” Jesus wanted Peter to acknowledge agapao love for Him, but Peter just a few days after denying Jesus 3 times, did not trust himself to use agapao love. Jesus asks the question as agapao two times, but the 3rd time said phileo love. Peter responded with phileo love all three times.
Eros is a Greek term which actually means desire and longing. Also referred to as erotic love, this can be a selfish kind of love instead of pure romantic love. The Greek word Eros is not in the Bible. The New Testament never directly addresses the topic of passionate, romantic love. However, in the Old Testament Eros love is illustrated in the Song of Solomon. Examples include Song of Solomon 1:2-4, 7:6-8
Jesus loves believers with agape love. He commands His Disciples to love with agape love.
Henry Luke 4/24/2018
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