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Can We Get Enough Agape/Phileo?

"Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart" (1 Pet.1:22).

How many agape/phileo sermons have you heard? Have you been phileo/agaped to the point where you are ready to say, enough....I get it already.... To be quite truthful, we can never get enough reminders of the importance of agape and phileo. In case you just need a gentle review, they are two of the Greek words for love used in the New Testament. Agape is the deepest of all loves that includes a sense of active good will, while phileo (Philadelphia?) refers to a kind of brotherly love and affection. To be quite simplistic, we are commanded to love. Jesus did it when he was asked about which of the commandments was the greatest.(Mk.12:30) In most sermons about love, the preacher attempts to draw a distinction between agape and phileo. I get it...In actuality, however, the distinction between the two is not so clear, and often overlaps. Today's verse from the pen of Peter illustrates that for us. Distinctions are not quite as clear cut as some might try to make out. I might propose to you that agape can also be described as brotherly love and affection, while phileo is also commanded of us. Maybe we need to take a closer look at just how we are commanded to love. Perhaps it may also be good to see that we can actually be taught to develop an emotional love toward another person too. We ought to notice that the command to love has its requirements. It often requires that we show a true and heart-felt affection toward each other. That means toward Jesus, our kids, our spouses, and our brethren. There's one more thing I would like to look at. If we are commanded to love, that must mean that we can actually develop this love where it is lacking. Have you got enough about agape/phileo yet? I hope not, because I'm going to write about it tomorrow too....

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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