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Love is the fundamental essence of God. 1 John 4:8 says
Philia is often used in a sense that means the brotherly love of friendship.
Agape is often used to describe love that is unconditional and limitless.
William Barclay notes that "Agape has to do with the mind, it is not an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live"
Note that Jesus said "Woe to you Pharisees! For you love [agape] the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market places" in Luke 11:43. Agape tends to mean the total commitment and dedication to something and does not necessarily mean divine love.
Storge is often used for the natural affection of families.
Eros is usually used to mean sexual love, and is also the love of beauty. The word is not found in the New Testament.
- Agape has to do with the mind, it is not an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live
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