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Today's message is another lesson on love, and we are continuing our discussion on love because God is love and love is superior to hate. Where there is genuine love, hate cannot reside. That said, we will focus on each love and its meaning, and they are: (a) storge love is a family love that unites families together. It is the strength that holds all families together in spite of the difficulties that a family may encounter (Romans 12:9-10KJV). These verses states, Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; what do these verses mean? They mean that above all else we are to love one another from our hearts. Also, we must cling to one another in love as we build a strong bond, and in doing so, hate will have no place to dwell and place a wedge between us.
(b) Eros love-this is the love that is between a man and a woman; a sensual or romantic love. The Song of Solomon 1:2-4, these verses express the profound emotional felling the bride has for her husband, King Solomon. On a spiritual plane, this is the love that Christ has for His church, which is His bride. Eros love is commonly referred to marriage, and the Bible speaks on this type of love in imamate relationship in that the two should reframe from sexual intercourse until marriage. God instituted the bond of friendship in the Garden of Eden, and they were to be fruitful and multiply. Therefore, God sanctioning marriage means that Eros love is essential in the marriage relationship.
(c) Philia love is commonly known as brotherly love that unites believers together. Philia love also includes friendships that exist between two or more persons. We develop this brotherly love in the church, school, work, community, and our neighborhoods. Philia love is seen in the close relationship between King David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3).
(d) Agape love is God's unmatchless love for humanity that is demonstrated in John 3:16, where God gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed His life to restore a broken fellowship with humanity. Ephesians 5:1-2 encourages us to emulate the love of God as we as believers walk in the love of Christ. Therefore, if we were to define agape love, it would be a sacrificial love.
The four loves discussed has purposeful meaning, and designed by God; let us love as God loves.