Did you know there is more than one kind of love?
In English, we say, “love” to mean lots of things. We might say, “I love my mom,” and also say, “I love Cheerios!” Both statements are true, but we mean totally different things! Right?
The New Testament was written in Greek, and the Greeks used several words to tell the difference between different kinds of love. The word for the most powerful kind of love is: agape. When Jesus tells us to love one another (John 15:12), He is telling us to love each other very, very much–unconditionally. He also uses this word when He says, ” … I have loved you,” (John 15:9). There is nothing than can make Jesus change His mind about how much He loves you!
Another kind of love is described by the word: phileo. This is the kind of love we have for our best friends; it means we really, really like someone. Most of us know God loves us, but did you know He really likes you, too?
John 16:27 tells us that, ” … the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved me … “.
Sometimes, when I do something wrong, it’s easy to feel like God doesn’t love or like me anymore–but that’s just not true! God loves you unconditionally and He really likes you–He said so!