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What Do We Mean By The Word "love"?

  1. "Falling in love" Do you have a scriptural foundation for this, and verses to support it. Does "falling in love" have a Biblical definition or explanation, or are you speaking from experience, or from what you have read in books or seen in movies. Not being critical, just asking. You see I am looking for what the authority is for the statements that have been made. So many just make a statement, and many accept it, but the foundation from where that statement comes is flawed. The Bible speaks of love, agape, eros, storge, phileo; and they all have different meanings. Hollywood speaks of love, and it may just be infatuation, lust, or romance, and not really any kind of Biblical love at all. Have you ever been confused on this subject, or been using the word "love" when it really wasn't love you were thinking about? Some people think they are dealing with love, get married, and find out things didn't work out the way they hoped, because they were deceived in what the understanding of love truly should have been. I welcome your comments.


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  1. archer75
    I've often wondered what people mean by this. Usually it seems to mean infatuation, but then some will insist that infatuation isn't love, and that only being very used to someone is love.

    As it seems to me, all our emotional needs are horribly neglected. So when interest in sex ramps up, many people look to have a sexual relationship take care of ALL their needs, and the intensity of that feeling is called 'love.'
  2. Hidden In Him
    Very interesting question. It made me go and look up again what the four Greek words most specifically referred to, and I think the phrase "falling in love" actually does relate most closely to agape love, which we have highly exalted in Christian theology. But in its original use, the word simply meant a deep and abiding affection for someone or something, (and to incorporate the Christian definition) such that you loved them unconditionally.

    From Wikipedia:
    "Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to 'love; the highest form of love, charity'... The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint, but the verb form goes as far back as Homer, translated literally as affection, as in "greet with affection" and "show affection for the dead".[2] Other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood, or generally non-sexual affection) and eros (an affection of a sexual nature)."

    I believe this is what I would define "falling in love" as: Coming to a place of feeling such affection for another person that it feels as if I'm literally falling, i.e. entering into a place of greater weakness where my heart now yearns for them deeply, and wants to make them feel as loved as possible.