Four Kinds of Love

love-people                                                                                                               “I swear to tell the truth about love, and nothing but the truth!” (anonymous)  Who doesn’t like the idea of staring into those puppy dog eyes of their puppy love, as if no other love in the world could possibly compare.

You see her and only her!  And, you’re gonna die without her.  Yes, people have been known to die of a broken heart: “Somewhere in Time.”  If you saw that movie, you know just what I mean.  So “love” as it turns out, is not so simple a thing!  I will begin with the biblical definition of love:

 1Cor.13: 4-7  4Love is long‐suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up,5does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury.6It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The four kinds of love, in order of importance are: Agape, Phylia, Storgey and Eros.

Agape:  Is the highest form of love.  It is the kind of love Christ recommends, and it is not “unconditional.”  It basically states: “I will say and do what’s best for you, whether you like it or not!”  This of corpse is under the primary condition that you actually know what’s best for them, better than they do!  Marriage then, is not just saying: “I love you!”  It’s an agreement we enter into.  There are stipulations to be met, and promises to be kept.  This then changes a person for the better; even if nothing else, how to consider someone else before yourself.  And it doesn’t just apply to couples, but everyone.

Phylia: is a touchy, feely kind of friendship love, with the pat on the back, and all the encouragement you could ever ask for!  Christ tells us that there is no higher honor than if someone gave up their life for a friend.  He obviously considers friends as very important!  Some touch our lives only briefly.  Some stay for a while, and then leave.  And other blood suckers are here to mooch off you for life!  LOL!

Storgey: is obligatory love; as in, toward your family.  You must be there for any special occasion or crisis that arises.  This is so, always and not shuffling our elderly into Nursing Homes, simply because you begin to find them inconvenient.

Eros: is the least important form of love, yet is good for bonding so you can deal with agape love, and always makes for a good work-out.  Unless you entirely lack imagination, I’m talking about what we do behind closed doors…  “Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex!  <Shoop sha doobie>  Shattered!”

Well there you have it my blogging friends, as usual, we have everything backwards and just shoot for the sex.  No pun intended…  After all though, I wish there was a Puttee tat love, or a Pudgy dog love, but apparently that’s some kind of fantasy of ours…  There is no animal paradise that I know of.  But then, what would paradise be without cats and dogs?  Boy, I sure hope this clears up something :O(

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