"[I]n the New Testament the main word for God's love is agape, which many of you are probably familiar with. Agape is an in-spite-of love rather than a because-of love. God loves us not because we are smart or cute or strong or rich. He loves us in spite of the fact that we have nothing about us that commends us to Him." - Bruce Ware

Agape (greek, ?????) primarily refers to an ideal love that is not romantically based. However, it is occasionally used instead of phileo to mean romantic love.

In passages such as 2 Peter 1:7, agape refers to a love towards people in general and is opposed to philadelpheo ("brotherly love"), which refers to love to other members of the body of Christ.

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