No word defines marriage quite like the word love. But what is love, really? Is it simply an emotion we feel? Or is it something deeper?
In some ways, it’s no surprise that we struggle to understand love. The word we use has become such a generic term that the richness of its meaning is often lost. That’s because in English there’s one word for love with a full spectrum of nuance. You can say, “I love my spouse,” and in the next breath say, “I love potato chips.” Same word. Hopefully, different meanings.
Not so in ancient Greek, which has four basic words for love, each conveying a very particular understanding:
- Eros: romantic, passionate love.
- Philia: love between friends and equals.
- Storge: love between family members.
- Agape: selfless love.
Love is a much richer and more meaningful experience than the good feelings that come and go in a relationship. Love is action. It requires thoughtfulness, sacrifice, patient listening, and affirmation.
What can a deeper understanding of love bring to your relationship?
We’re answering that question on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Showing True Love to Your Spouse.” Author Bob Lepine will help you rediscover true love by viewing commitment in an intentional, biblical, and cherishing way.
Bob’s book Love Like You Mean It: The Heart of a Marriage That Honors God is available for a gift of any amount. Visit our website for more information.