Galatians 5:22-24 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

When the new testament of the Bible was written there were for primary Greek words to describe the concept of love. They are as follow;-

Concepts of Love in the Greek context

Phileo – based on mutual satisfaction and can feel disappointed, to be fond of, from the standpoint of feeling, brotherly love, friendship

Agape – Divine Love a strong, ardent, tender compassionate, devotion to the well being of someone. To regard and make much of someone based on principle.

Eros – Erotic – self seeking love, sexual love, sensual, carnal impulses to satisfy or gratify the sexual desires of the flesh.

Stergo – limited to family, natural affection, love of parent for their children, love of people for a nation, and the love of a do for his master.

Agape is the God kind of love. It is this word that Paul used in the above scripture. This is the highest level of love. All the other types of love are inferior and have strings attached. The Human kind of love and the God kind of love can be differentiated as follow:-

 

Characteristics of human LoveCharacteristics of God’s Love
It is selfish and gain basedSacrificial
It has strings and expects something in returnNo strings attached
It is conditionalIt is unconditional
It could be evilHoly
It is sensualSpiritual
Gives to getGives to be a blessing
Is offended and may stops when not appreciatedContinues against all odds
Expects returns from recipientsExpects returns from God
Go to limited length to help otherGo to every length possible to help others
When disappointed totally discouragedMay be disappointed but never discouraged

 

God showed us the His kind of love by sending Jesus to for us when we did not deserve it. Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

For further Study

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Personal declaration for the day

I receive and give God’s love.

Questions for you to reflect on

What is love to you?

What type of love to share with others?