Word of the Day: agapé

Meaning: Love

Greek: ἀγάπη

Pronounced: ah-gah’-pey

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word agape?

Romans 13:10

1 John 4:18

John 15:13

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 14:1

1 John 4:8

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

The Greek language has several different words for love, which is helpful because there are so many different kinds of human love. Just think about the different English uses we have. Between “I love ice cream” and “making love” and “my parents love me,” there’s quite the spectrum. Instead of lumping them all together with one word, the Greek has five distinct words for different kinds of love.

Eros, sexual passion

Philia, deep friendship (think of Philadelphia = the city of friendship)

Ludus, playful love

Pragma, longstanding, enduring love

Philautia, love of the self

Agape, perfect love

When we consider all the different kinds of love, it should not surprise us that the New Testament teaches us that God is agape. It is God who is the only source of perfect, unadulterated, never-ending, divine love. It is His love that sent the Christos all the way to the cross and paid the penalty for our sin. It is His love alone that bears with us in our unrefined, ever-sanctified state as we walk daily with Him in love and worship. And, it’s God’s perfect agape that enables us by His Spirit to agape others sacrificially, fruitfully, and faithfully as we imitate our loving Father.

Why is understanding God’s perfect love so important in the meta-narrative of Scripture?

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Thank God for His perfect love. Tell Him you love Him, too. Ask Him to help you love others the way He has loved you. 

Author: amygannett

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