Agape is one of three words (agape, phileo, eros) used in the New Testament that is translated into the English "love".  The word occurs 146 times in 109 verses.  Agape is often thought of as divine love where phileo is often considered to be brotherly love and eros is physical love, depending on context.  However, agape occurs in Luke 11:43, “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love [agape] the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market places."  Obviously the Pharisees did not have a divine, godly love for their position. Therefore, "agape" can be more accurately said to be contents loving commitment someone or something.


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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.