Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 11. Personal love is designed for interaction with a few; impersonal love is designed to benifit the human race.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The seventh member of the chorus line – accusative singular feminine noun – agapen – a*gavphn = impersonal love for all mankind.

Titus 3:2 “Speak evil of no one.”

1. Virtue (respect, loyalty, devotion).
2. Knowledge – perception of doctrine.
3. Self-control – organized life.
4. Perseverance – endurance or consistency.
5. Godliness – living the spiritual life.
6. Brotherly love – love for members of the Royal family.
7. Agape love – impersonal love for all members of the human race.

1. Impersonal love emphasizes the subject; personal love depends on the attractiveness, capacity, and response of the one who is loved.

2. Impersonal love is a love that does not require intimacy, friendliness, or even acquaintance with the object of love.

3. “Brotherly love”= the consistent function of your own integrity toward other Christians, members of the Royal family. JOH 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

4. Personal love requires that you know the object with some degree of intimacy.

5. Phileo love (philadelphia) – personal love is mentioned before agape love – impersonal love, 2PE 1:7.

a. You should be closer to some members of the Royal family (philadelphia love) than members of your own earthly family, MAT 12:46-50.

b. If you cannot love your fellow-believer whom you can see (with philadelphia love), you cannot love God whom you have not seen, 1JO 4:20.

c. If you do not love God then you cannot really love yourself properly, 1JO 4:19.

d. If you do not have love for yourself, you cannot love your neighbor – agape love or impersonal love for all mankind, MAT 19:19.

6. Only a few people qualify as objects of your personal love whereas all mankind are to be the objects of your “impersonal love,” MAT 5:43, LUK 6:20-38.

7. Personal love is designed for interaction with a few.
Impersonal love is designed to benefit the human race.

8. Personal love creates weaknesses – you bring your own problems into any personal relationship, as well as the problems of the one you love.

9. Personal love is never stronger than the integrity of those involved in the personal relationship. Impersonal love is the integrity that alone can strengthen and stabilize personal love.

10. Personal love may lead to compromise the norms and standards and values of the individual.

11. In 1CO 13:13, impersonal love is proclaimed the ultimate Christian virtue.

Agape love does not think with evil thoughts, 1CO 13:5.

12. Personal love is legitimate and potentially wonderful, but it is virtue-dependent, hinging on the virtue of impersonal love which represents the highest degree of integrity the soul can attain.

13. “Impersonal love” produces independence.

14. Impersonal love does not depend on emotional stimulation or attraction.

1JO 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

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