Recently I read a blog from Richard Beck, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He makes reference to C. S. Lewis’ book The Four Loves. In this book Lewis talks about the four Greek words for “love.”
These loves are:
Eros – romantic love
Philia – brotherly love (from which we get Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love!)
Storge – familial love
Agape – sacrificial or divine love
There is another use of the word “love” which is found in Hebrews 13:2. This word is translated into the English as “hospitality.” The verse reads, Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
The word “hospitality” comes from two Greek words, philia (brotherly love) and xenos (stranger). The author of Hebrews gives us another expression of love: love of the stranger. The opposite of loving the stranger is fear of the stranger (xenophobia). But we know that “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
Jesus’ life was one of continual love, philoxenia, to the stranger. He has given us His example to live by and because of the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Spirit, we actually have the power to do such.
I will be elaborating on the subject Sunday morning as I simulcast to all the services.
P.S. Richard Beck’s blog address is: experimentaltheology.blogspot.com