Definition of Agape and Phileo Love

This comes from Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament Vol.3, #28, pg.62.

‘Phileo’ is a love which consists of the glow of the heart kindled by the perception of that in the object which affords us pleasure.  It is the response of the human [soul] to what appeals to it as pleasurable… The word was used to speak of a friendly affection.  It is a love called out of one in response to a feeling of pleasure or delight which one experiences from an apprehension of qualities in another that furnish such pleasure or delight. ‘Agapao’ on the other hand, speaks of a love which is awakened by a sense of value in the object loved, an apprehension of its preciousness.

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Brother Jason DeMars, is an author, preacher and a missionary that plants churches in the Middle East. He travels extensively to the Middle East, but resides full time in Crystal, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Amy and two daughters, Avery and Mina.
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