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Philia: Brotherly Love

Today's Daily Devotion - January 5, 2021

By Khai Samante

Philia Brotherly Love - Daily Devotion

By your love for one another.​ - John 13:35

According to Christian author Jack Zavada, Philia (Pronounced: FILL-ee-uh) is the type of intimate love in the Bible that most Christians and other Faiths practice toward each other. This Greek term describes the powerful emotional bond seen in deep friendships.

Philia originates from the Greek term phílos, a noun meaning “beloved, dear … a friend; someone dearly loved (prized) in a personal, intimate way; a trusted confidant held dear in a close bond of personal affection.” Philia expresses experience-based love. We witness philia love amongst Jesus, His disciples and those they encountered on their journeys. Humility, Love and Forgiveness are the central themes throughout the Gospel message-powerful reminders to imitate the life of Jesus Christ.

Philia is the most general type of love in Scripture, encompassing love for fellow humans, care, respect, and compassion for people in need. Jesus said philia would be an identifier of his followers: This is how all will know you as my disciples: by your love for one another (John 13:35). The most important love: Agape love: God’s divine love will be highlighted in the next devotion.

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Philia: Brotherly Love