One word, all too familiar, but vast in its representation, consequently though it is ever present, yet it is unknown by many.
From the Greek Language, wherewith the English Language has some of its roots and upbringing, the word “love” is presented in multiple views in an attempt for a precise representation.
Without the covering of all, we will proceed for the establishment of our study, by looking at two words for love (Storege, and Philia) which accompanies one and the other for a better understanding of love.
A love that binds people in a natural group, like a family and parents to children.
As we grow and venture beyond the borders of our family through maturity, the unknown becomes part familiar, through the friendship we establish.
For this, the Greek uses the word Philia, which is the love of friendship. This is seen as a great value and a stepping-stone in our lives. For He who is the source of love, is also love in His nature. In His wisdom, He established the structures of love, wherewith the accumulation of all will lead to the understanding of one, the one which circumference all. To this we speak of the love, Agape. The love of God
This Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious; love is not vain, is not puffed up.
Does not behave indecently, does not pursue its own things, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil.
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth.
Love quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Without these, love in its vastness is naught, but a shadow expression, spoken but without an impact, seen, but can never be ascertained, present, but never felt.
He or she who is capable of loving will be a reciprocity, for in return, they will be loved. However, preceding all is the establishment of first knowing they are loved, beyond the love of their fellow men, is the love of God toward us all.
Thus saith the Lord, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands from wrongdoing, and He will fill your hands with what you need. Believe on Him, and He will deliver for you. Love Him with all your heart and you will rediscover all your needs, and He will fulfil to thee.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7