Monday, January 7, 2013

Husband Lovers - φίλανδρος


Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children.... Titus 2:3-4


A type of love was being talked about in Sunday School yesterday. Not agape that we are so familiar with but phileo. John 20:2 speaks of the disciple whom Jesus loved - not agape but phileo. The encouragement was to understand that Jesus wants to love us in this way. He wants to be our friend, he is affectionate with us, wants to be close to us and dare I say, kiss us.

I was reminded of another passage where phileo is used. Cited above Titus 2:4 says that older women are to teach the younger to love their husbands and children. The words used are philandros and philoteknos. I thought it very interesting that they are not told to agape husbands and children but that they needed to be taught to phileo them.

There is probably a lot that needs to be drawn out of this thought but I think I will leave that to others.

Would love to hear what you think about this.

Philip

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