What Are the Four Types of Love?

Updated on April 11, 2015
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.

There are four types of love ~ Agape, Philia, Storge and Eros. These poems describe each type of love and their meanings.

Agape Love

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Agape Love


What are you?


Revelation of God.




Highest of all the loves!


Energizing faith itself.


Ability to love the unlovable


To all humanity, divine.


Our Father in Heaven


First loved us;


Love like Christ, who sacrificed.


Greatest of all loves!


Fruit of the Spirit.


Matter of the "will."


---Unconditional and caring


No matter the circumstances.


Virtue of Christians---charitable love.


Experience it!



Philia Love

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Philia Love


What are you?


Benevolent.




The love between friends,


Brotherly love,


Instinctive,


Freely chosen,


Life’s crown,


Happiest of loves!


Human fully,


Experience it!




Storge Love

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Storge Love


What are you?





Affection,


Most natural of loves!


Family love


---A parent


---A child.


Experience it!




Eros Love

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Eros Love


What are you?



Extremely profound,


Romance . . .


Sense of being in love,


Longing


Emotional connection


With another


Sometimes suicidal,


Refusing to part.


Indifferent.


Those fully submitted – it can be their god.


Experience it – or dare not???

Examples and Scripture of the Most Common Form of Love Found in the Bible - Agape

God sending His only Son to die for our sins.

Christ placing Himself on that cross for our sins.

Joseph's kindness to his brothers even though they sold him into slavery. Genesis 50:15-21

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

— 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a

Examples of Storge Love in the Bible

Noah and his wife.

The love of Jacob for his sons.

Mary and Martha's love for Lazarus.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son.

— John 3:16

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What type of love have you experienced the most?

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My favorite love of course is Agape love!

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        Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

        Hi Jamie,

        So great to see you stopping by my side of HP Town to read. Thank you so much for your most generous comment. Yes, very educational indeed.

        Blessings and love to you and yours

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        Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

        Hi Jackie,

        Thanks for digging this one up. Well, I published it over two years ago, so I do not think you were following me then. It sure does go with your hub on love about all the different types of love. Love is divine!

        Hugs and Love

        Thank you for the vote up and share

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        Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

        Great poetry and educational! Thanks Faith. Jamie

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        Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

        I didn't remember this; very beautiful. Almost the love month again!

        Up and shared!

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        Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

        Hi Savvy,

        So glad it was a surprise to you and happy to know you loved the presentation here. I appreciate you digging this one up. Ah, yes, Storge love ... so sweet indeed!

        Thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town this day and voting up and more.

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        Yves 3 years ago

        Wow! Well done. When I first clicked on this article, I didn't expect the beautiful prose to describe the different kinds of love. What a great presentation. I enjoyed it so very much.

        I have to say, I'm a fan of Storge love! Up, beautiful.

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        Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

        Hi toknowinfo,

        Nice to meet you and I am so glad for your visit here. Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I appreciate you.

        God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        toknowinfo 5 years ago

        Beautiful, thought provoking, and inspiring. Well written. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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        Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

        Hi my dear friend pstraubie!

        I am so sorry I missed your lovely comment dear one! Please forgive me.

        Thank you so much for your glorious words to glorify our God. His love is no doubt power and divine. Yes, I know too of those trials and tributlations dear one, and I do not even want to think about going through any without Him and my intimate and personal relationship with Him.

        Thank you my sweet friend. Agape love to you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

        Lest we ever forget how loved we are...God's love is so powerful and wondrous and keeps my life centered and focused and I know that I would never have survived almost 20 years of a difficult journey to date without His love.

        That love coupled with the other 'loves' makes my life blessed indeed So thank you, sweet Faith, for sharing these words with us today. Your friend in Christ ps

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        Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

        God bless you Debbie. Thank you so much for sharing about His agape love to glorify Him. Agape love to you always, Faith Reaper

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        Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

        Agape love.. wow great HUB.. You really are amazing.. your hubs..

        sharing this with my sisters and brothers in Christ on Prayer Page

        Debbie

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        - suzettenaples - thank you so much for reading, sharing and leaving such wonderful comments.

        - Audrey - thank you for stopping by to read and leaving a great comment.

        Agape Love to You Both, Faith Reaper

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        Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

        A thought provoking piece! Well done!

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        Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

        Faith: what a beautiful hub. I love the poetry and the photos - so appropriate. This was wonderful to read because it made me stop and take stock of my life and the love I have been fortunate to experience. I have experience each type of love in my life and I know how fortunate I am to have those experiences. Thank you for sharing your special intuition from God. Voted up!

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        unknown spy, thank you so much for reading and for the great comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        IAmForbidden 6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

        Thank you for these wonderful word of inspiration. :)

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        Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

        My pleasure!

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Felix, thank you so much for stopping by and reading and leaving such lovely comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Nellieanna, wow, thank you so much for reading and for the great comment. I am humbled. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

        This is a profound hub! I LOVE it! :-) Voting up and across the board, other than funny, of course.

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        Felixedet2000 6 years ago from The Universe

        Beautiful Reaper, i love those lines.Thanks goodness for this inspiring thoughts.

        Great to know you , i am really glad.contents like this is needed more often by all believers.Thanks once again.

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Sparklea, always great to see that beautiful smiling face. Thank you for reading and, yes, that unconditional love is awesome. Thank you for always caring, and I am slowly but surely getting there. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Sparklea 6 years ago from Upstate New York

        Faith Reaper: Voted UP and beautiful! Just a terrific description of the "loves"...my favorite being "Unconditional caring"....THANK YOU ...great to see you on the hubs, and am praying every day for tyour speedy recovery. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Thank you so much, thelyricwriter, and I appreciate the great comments. I am doing well, and thank you for asking and caring always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

        Faith Reaper, this was an awesome article. You are a very clever writer. It truly makes you think. It makes you realize how blessed we really are. Hope you are doing well and have a great day.

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Thanks so much, K2jade, for always reading and commenting. We are only able to love, as He first loved us. Agape love to you always, Faith Reaper

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        Kimberly Shelden 6 years ago from Idaho

        Faith, this is very clever, well written and beautiful. Voted up.

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        frogyfish, thanks for stopping (or hopping by) and reading. You are so cute in your profile and awesome at leaving great comments. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

        Simply amazingly beautiful! Loved the song/video too. Voted several clicks and for Agape too.

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        mollymeadows, you are cool as cool can be. (I am old-school) Such extraordinaryly beautiful comments from you - " . . . crowns and purifies all others." I wish I had thought of such lovely words here!!! Thank you for reading. I do so love your gift for words and for sharing those words with all of us. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        kashmir, well said my dear one! I appreciate you always stopping to read and for leaving such lovely comments. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Mekenzie, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you for the heartfelt comments. Can one even imagine that He is jealous for us? Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Jackie, He is beautiful! Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Kelly, one can't!!! Thank you for reading and for leaving such reflective thoughts. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        billybuc, my dearest, I believe I may have thrown a curve to some on this one, and it is always good to share something stated a bit differently! I know you have a sweet heart. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Highvoltagewriter - thank you so much for such strong comments. I turned the voltage way up to the Highest One on this piece. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        teaches12345, I love to see you always popping in and reading, and leaving such inspiring comments. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        Voronwe, you are so kind and thank you for such lovely comments. I love, love, love C. S. Lewis. Have you read the Screwtape Letters? Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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        Mary Strain 6 years ago from The Shire

        Faith, I "love" the way you put the same opening question in each section followed by an explanation. God's love does comes first -- and crowns and purifies all others. Thank you for this reminder! Up and beautiful!

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        Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Well written and researched and very awesome ! Loved all the scriptures as well. We should pause daily and thank Jesus for the love He has for us all .

        Vote up and more !!!

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        Susan Ream 6 years ago from Michigan

        Beautiful Faith! Your descriptions are written in such a thought provoking, careful and unique way.

        I love the picture you used to illustrate and the song too. He is jealous for me. Imagine that .. Why should He love us .. Grace, pure grace.

        Voted up and beautiful!

        Blessings dear one,

        Mekenzie

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        Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Simply beautiful.

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        Kellyb7478 6 years ago from Ohio

        Beautifully written. One can't help but pause to give thanks for the love of Christ.

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        Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Show me a hub about love and I'm there immediately. Interesting angle and I loved the approach and research. Great job my dear friend!

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        William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

        This is a very powerful poem about the most powerful love of all..Gods love, Agape Love!

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        Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

        God is love and all of these facets of emotion are present in Him. It takes us time to experience all of it, but as you do it is such a wonderful revealing truth. Beautiful! Voted up.

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        Voronwe 6 years ago

        A beautiful hub, Faith! Great presentation and message on love, along with the examples from scriptures. Thanks for the reference to C.S. Lewis's book! Inspiring poetry...best wishes!

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        Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

        - lord

        - glymclendon

        - tobusiness

        - angelme

        Thank you all so much for reading and for leaving such wonderful comments. After your comments, I noticed I needed to make necessary tweaks, and may add to this a bit more. Agape love to you all always Faith Reaper

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        Angelme566 6 years ago

        Yes Faith this is such a wonderful hub ,full of lessons...

        Yes like Tobu , the greatest definition love is in Corinthians. Love is patient , very kind ,never envious , never haughty nor proud..An unconditional love..

        God's love to us can never be compared , it's the ultimate , giving of oneself hope we can live this example.

        Regards Faith..Voted up..

        Regards Faith

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        Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

        It's hard to believe such a simple little word could say so very much.

        I particularly love the verse from Corinthians, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Brilliant hub. Voting up, also voted on the poll. Take care now

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        glmclendon 6 years ago

        Good research and well thought out. Deep and thought provoking.

        sTAY wELL

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        Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

        Well researched and the wording of the poetry makes this hub outstanding Faith! We did vote on yopur poll. Thanks for the verses from the Holly scriptures. Found this inspiration awesomely done!

        LORD

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