A Deeper Understanding
August 5, 2019, 12:10 PM

As we go through the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit we will present a condensed explanation of each in the bulletin and on the church web site, allowing you to have "A Deeper Understanding."

 

The Greek language has four words for love, Eros, Philia, Storge, and Agape.

Eros is a sexual love, love between man and woman.  From the word eros we get words like “erotic.” 

Philia is more of a friendship love.  From philia we get “Philadelphia,” the city of brotherly love, and “philanthropy,” giving help in a brotherly way. 

Storge is a family love, or a familiar love.  It is a fondness that you feel for people who are like you.

The first three words – Eros, Philia, and Storge – describe a love that gets something back – pleasure, recognition and praise, or success.

The Greek word for love as part of the fruit of the Spirit is Agape, unconditional love, love that encompasses all things.  It is complete, sacrificial love, different from the other three because agape love gets nothing in return.  It only gives.