The other day I had someone over to my house and during a conversation, they used the word enamored. Enamored is not a word that you hear often in the English language. It is a great word. Enamored means – “to be filled with a feeling of love for. In love with, infatuated with, besotted with, smitten with, captivated by, enchanted by, bewitched by, beguiled by; keen on, taken with; informal — mad about, crazy about, wild about, bowled over by, stuck on, hot for, sweet on, carrying a torch for, moonstruck by; literary – ensorcelled by.”
I can honestly say that I am enamored with my wife. I love her and I think she is wonderful.
There are several kinds of love in the Bible. In fact, love is mentioned 538 times in the Bible (in the NASB version). Love takes several forms. There is Storge, Eros, Phileo and Agape love in the Bible. They are all the same love but different forms of it.
Storge is affectionate love. It is the love family members have, or two people who have a familiarity with one another.
Eros love is a romantic love and it is the feeling of being in love or loving someone. The word erotic comes from it. True Eros love comes from not wanting a man or woman; it comes from wanting one man or woman. Eros love is what is depicted in the book Song of Solomon in the Bible.
Phileo love is love between friends. Phileo is a strong bond between two people who share the bond of a common interest or activity. Jonathan and David in the Bible had a phileo love for one another.
Agape love is love that is given out regardless of the circumstances. It is unconditional love. It is the love a parent has for their child. It is the love our heavenly Father has for us. It is love that gives selflessly, not selfishly.
In a healthy relationship between a husband and a wife, all four attributes of love are displayed. When I say that I am enamored or in love with my wife, I am in Storge, Eros, Phileo and Agape with her. I have the love of a family member for her. I have friendship love for her. I have romantic love for her and I have unconditional love for her.
Ultimately, we learn the four attributes of love from God. God loved us so much that He sent His only son into the world to die for us. Jesus’s love for the entire human race is the perfection of all four types of love.
In thinking about love, it is very clear that God loves us. That is undeniable. The bigger question for all of us to ask is: Do we love God? Are we enamored with God? Is God the most important thing in our lives or is God just something we think about on Sundays or only at church? God wants us to have the same amount of love for Him that He has for us. We must learn to love God first in order to be able to love others to full capacity as human beings.
The greatest thing about true love is it can never be severed or killed. The love that God has for all of us is constant and cannot be destroyed, no matter what we do or what happens in our world. The book of Romans talks about this love. It says in Romans 8:39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We should be enamored by the Love that God has for us and we should strive to extend His love and Grace to others. Our world needs love to be distributed and circulated. As Christians, it is our job to show others what love is. Show others what God’s love is all about and help them to be enamored by that love.
Steve Kagin, a freelance Christian writer from Cummings, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.