“He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
The other night I asked my husband, a pastor, which of the Greek words for love best describes God’s love for us? Of course, we first thought of agape love. God loves everyone, regardless of our looks, ethnic background, temperament, intelligence, or worthiness.
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
However, we realized that God’s love is also eros. In a number of places in the Bible, Israel, and later the church (the new Israel), are referred to as God’s wife or bride.
“Return faithless people”, declares the Lord, for I am your husband.” I will choose you–one from a town and two from a clan–and bring you to Zion.” Jeremiah 3:14
The fact that God is our father, and Jesus our brother, exemplifies storge, or family love. Jesus teaches us:
“And call no man your father on earth, for you have a Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9
“Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy, are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Hebrews 2:11
Of course, philia is part of God’s love nature as well, because through the incarnation, Jesus became our friend.
“I no longer call you servants. because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father, I have made known to you.” John 15:15
So, God no only is love, His is all the loves, and we find every love and everything there is to know about love in Him. What a wonderful gift! Remember, He loves you and so do I!