A little advise, please!

Suedaleg at aol.com Suedaleg at aol.com
Tue Oct 16 01:52:54 EDT 2001


Thanks for revisiting this thread(?)

Ted's examples actually clarified something in these two words which I fear 
has been unseen in most discussions.  I will need to do a little more 
research to see if this view holds up.  If anyone is willing to show where it 
is contradicted I'd be very happy to look at their thoughts.

It appears to me, by Ted's examples (Luke 6:32; 11:43; John 5:20; and 20:2) 
that FILEOis a feeling toward someone or something (The Father feals love 
toward the Son; Jesus feels love toward John) while AGAPAW addresses the 
action resulting from or demonstrating the reality of the feeling (Pharisees 
not only enjoyed the best seets but actively sought them; sinners demonstrate 
their apreciation (love) for those who do well for them.). 

If this is so, it explains two things I have found difficult to explain in 
the past.

Jesus wanted Peter to demonstrate his love (AGAPAW) but Peter, while truly 
loving (FILEW) the Lord was not certain he could demonstrate it by continuing 
to be an apostle, (John 21:15-17).

Husbands are instructed not only to love (FILEW) their wives, but to 
consciously demonstrate it (AGAPAW) (Eph. 5:25), because after all SUNISTHSI 
DE THN hEAUTOU AGAPHN EIS hHMAS hO QEOS, hOTI ETI hAMARWLWN ONTWN hHMWN, 
XRISTOS hUPER hHMWN APEQANE. (Rom 8:5)

Thanks for the enlightenment.

Dale Greenlee




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