2 Peter 1:2-4 – Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
While there are several words that are called love in modern English, four come to mind, and whether or not they should accurately be called “love” is definitely questionable. Let’s accurately define them, basing our definition as accurately as possible on the Greek language of the New Testament.
Agape (agapao) – the love of God – the highest order of love that exists; it is a deep, never-failing love based solely on the character of the individual who loves. In this case, agape (God-love), is based solely on God’s character; holy, pure, unfailing, unchanging, eternal. It does NOT grow over times, for as God, Who is Love, never changes, neither does agape.
Eros – nothing more or less than physical, sexual attraction.
Storge – simple affection based on the pleasure/benefit received from that which is said to be loved. This can apply to puppies, special foods, activities, and even human relationships
I have saved the focal point of today’s addition to our journey towards the “divine nature” for last in our list. It is “brotherly kindness” (2 Peter 1:7), which in the Greek language is “philadelphia,” that being a strong and meaningful relationship that grows over time and development of that relationship. It is spousal between a loving couple, familial (parent/child, sibling, etc.), or between strong friends. This love requires a growing and building relationship based on the two or more individual’s personal commitment to each other, and in the case of our present study, particularly between brothers and sisters in Christ as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. This is a love of choice that deepens and strengthens over times. This love truly requires work, attention, diligent giving to and serving one another. While it is truly a high-quality, high-benefit love requiring great diligence, it CAN be broken, while agape love cannot be broken. The only thing that can prevent the breaking of “philadelphia,” is the commitment of the one who loves to keep the Word of God as his/her highest priority, for the Word of God will NEVER fail. Give all diligence in your labor of this love, applying that diligence as it is added to faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, and godliness.
Manna for Today – 2 Peter 1:1-15; Proverbs 4:20-23; Joshua 1:6-9; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 3 John 2; Jeremiah 29:11