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Our love for God and wife and children should be comprehensive and inclusive of all nuances of "love" at the same time.

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Thinking out loud: The Gospel of John . . . . . . . . . . . . smithson.

Agape, in first century times was not a special word intended for use in the biblical message. Rather, it was a "work horse" term used by the larger population and is given definition as a secular word in Liddell and Scott (a greek/english dictionary of secular/biblical gk), I would argue that the word does not mean "a divine love" anymore than eros or philia are divine words. Rather, it is special because it is comprehensive love. In the L& S dictionary(lexicon) it is "regard, to prize, on a few occasions translated for sexual love, to prefer, to be fond of, to be contented with, affection, to like someone or something and describes God's love for man and man's love for God." It is an emotion AND and action. Let's stop defining "agape" as a non-emotional love. 

Think about it: if you regard someone, prefer someone, are fond of and contented in someone, all at the same time, you are emotionally invested."

Let's stop talking about "divine" love and begin to focus on a love that is a "no matter what the circumstance kind of thing.  That is what God does.  Just as importantly,  it is what we are called to do.  We are to love in every nuanced meaning of the word. 


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