February 1, 2018

1 Corinthians 13

Love is arguably the most important characteristic (action) in the Christian’s life. Jesus declared this truth, as does the Apostle Paul. He chose to list “love” first as he wrote about the fruit of the Spirit.

We use the word “love” in so many different ways. For instance, I love cheeseburgers; I love the Dallas Cowboys; I love my hobbies; I love my job; I love my wife.

In the Greek language, there are at least four different words translated “love” in English.

Storge” was never used in the Bible but it was the Greek word used to describe a craving for something (like cheeseburgers or gyros). “Eros,” also never used in the New Testament, is the word where we get our English word “erotic,” describing a passionate and/or physical attraction. “Phileo” describes the love you would have for family members or friends. Our word Philadelphia means the “city of brotherly love.” And finally, “Agape,” the word used in 1 Corinthians 13 and throughout most of the New Testament including Galatians 5:22, describes “God’s kind of love.”

Paul was speaking about Agape love in the Scripture we read today. It is the kind of love God has for us and the kind of love God wants us to demonstrate in our lives.