Four types of love in the Bible
1. EROS - Pronunciation: AIR-ose
Definition: Eros is the physical, sensual love between a husband and wife.
Although this Greek term does not appear in the Bible, eros, or erotic love, is portrayed in the Old Testament book, The Song of Solomon. God is very clear in his Word. Sex outside of marriage is forbidden
The Apostle Paul noted that it is wise for people to marry to fulfill their godly desire for this type of love:
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Corinthians 7:8-9, NIV)
2. Philia - Pronunciation: FILL-ee-uh.
Definition: Philia means close friendship or brotherly love in Greek.
Christians are frequently exhorted to love their fellow Christians: Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10 ESV)
3. Storge - Pronunciation: STOR-jay
Definition: Storge is family love, the bond among mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.
The strong love the sisters Martha and Mary in the gospels had for their brother Lazarus and in the daughter-in-law Ruth loyalty to Naomi.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12, NIV)
4. Agape - Pronunciation: uh-GAH-pay.
Definition: Agape is selfless, sacrificial, seeking the other persons highest good, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.
Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers. Jesus lived out agape by sacrificing himself for the sins of the world. other examples are:
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
By Jack Zavada Christianity Expert