The Meaning of ‘Love’

20140117-121908.jpg “In speaking of love at this point, we are not referring to some sentimentally emotion. It would be nonsense to urge men to love their oppressors in an affectionate sense. “Love” in this connection means understanding good will. There are three words for love in the Greek New Testament. First, there is Eros which is a romantic love. Second, there is Philia which is a reciprocal love: the person loves because he is loved. When we speak of love those who oppose us we refer to neither Eros nor Philia; we speak of a love which is expressed in Greek word Agape. Agape means nothing sentimental or basically affectionate; it means understanding, redeeming good will for all men, an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. When we love on the Agape level we love men not because we like them, not because their attitudes appeal to us, but because God loves them. Words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mindframe from God

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