C.S. Lewis claims there are four types of love: Storge, Philia, Eros, and Agape. Storge is defined as the “affection” love—fondness through familiarity or family love. Philia is the “friendship” love, or the love between friends. Eros is the “romance” love. That’s pretty much self-explanatory, but it’s the love you feel toward your significant other, it is the “in love” feeling you get. Last but not least, there is Agape, which is also known as the “charity” love, or an unconditional love.
I, however, believe there is one more love not mentioned by C.S. Lewis—God’s love. You might be thinking, “Well, that’s an unconditional love, so it would be Agape,” but I don’t believe that. I believe that God’s love is so great, so powerful, and so life-changing, that it has its own category because no other love can ever compare to it and there is no perfect way to describe it! He is the very definition of love.
Seriously, how many of you would allow your only son to be adopted and raised by a new family, and then watch him get beaten, scarred, bruised, bloodied, and hung on a cross for everyone to watch him die to save millions of unworthy people? How many of you would listen to the hateful remarks and bashings by these people on one day and then send your own son to die for them and save them the next? We often tell ourselves we would go to the ends of the earth to save the ones we love, but what if you have to sacrifice something you love to save someone else you love who doesn’t necessarily love you?
That is what’s so awesome about God’s love. Yes, it is unconditional like Agape, but it is also Storge, Philia, and Eros, for he loves us like a father, walks with us like a friend, and wants us to have an intimate relationship with him being our one and only God. I just don’t see how that compares to any of the love’s we experience here on earth and that is why God’s love is in its own category, separated from all other feelings.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:37-39 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What other kinds of love do you know of that fit that criteria? What other loves would make someone sacrifice their only son for sinners? What other loves would survive death, life, angels, rulers, present, past, future, or anything else on this earth or out of it? Even the most in love couples say to one another, “I will love you until the day I die.” Guess what, folks? Christ’s love exceeds death! It is like no other love. What other love do you know that empowers you like the love of God? There is no other love like this. Therefore, it cannot be categorized into such a defined category of love, because it is greater than anything else.