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"I wanna know what love is" - a poignant phrase in a popular song

What is Love?
Updated: 06/06/2021

We all know that the word "love" in the English language has multifarious meanings, a fact which engenders many confusing issues and situations. To better understand this most important subject it is helpful to go to the Greek language, because they had at least four different root words that addressed different aspects of what our usage of the word means.

Starting at the top, let us examine the word ἀγαπƞ or "agape". Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon claims that this word is "a purely Biblical and ecclesiastical word". This may be significant not because this is strictly true, but because the societal usage of the word may have been rare. What are the implications of this?

Related words are:

ἀγαθο-πονιéω which means to benefit, to do good, to serve a need or desire
ἀγαθοποιτα which means "a course of right action or well-doing.
ἀγαθοποιός which means "acting rightly, doing well".
ἀγαστoς which means "admirable".

Phileo (to cherish orlove dearly as a friend, to manifest kindness, to value or enjoy)

φιλία philía

Éros, érōs (Romantic, sexual, erotic love)

στοργή storgē) means "love, affection" and "especially of parents and children".

Philautia, φιλαυτίαphilautía) means "self love"

 Xenia (Greekξενίαxenía, meaning "guest-friendship" or "fellowship)

Agape Love

Agape love is NOT some kind of ethereal, surreal or mystical "love" that has to be imagined, or visualized. It is not fondness, goodwill, kindness, nor cherishing, but it can include all of those and more. It is the manifest delivery of what is wanted or needed. It significantly and positively impacts the sustenance and enhancement of  the other person's life.

It is often said that "agape love" is God's love, but God is NOT actively loving individuals here on earth! Yeshua WAS doing this while on earth, but he is not DOING it now to anybody that I know. Agape (manifest active, beneficial, tangible or impactful, appropriate love). Can we find it in ourselves to deliver it? See: Respect and Value

The bottom line is that our wrong paradigm of the Creator and his character are preventing active manifest love, which now would be tantamount to "enabling" the continuation of Spiritual sickness, Sin and evil.

Love Sentiments

As per usual, our definitions and terminology are confused and misguided especially over this issue. What this all means is that it is actually inappropriate to say "I love you" because it is a presumptuous statement. It IS appropriate to say "I cherish you" or "I want to love you". It is up to the other person to say, "You love me well".

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