What Kind of Love Is That?

Candy heart candyOBJECT LESSON:

What Kind Of Love Is That?



John 13:34



There are different kinds of love.



– Box of Candy Hearts

– 4 paper hearts (write the 4 Greek words for love on them Agape, Phileo, Storge, Eros)

– Peanut Butter

– Puppy dog (real or stuffed animal)



What does the word love mean?  (Allow the children to respond.)We use the word love for a lot of different things.  (Hold up the objects as you say them.) We say, “I love peanut butter” and “I love Jesus.”  We say, “I love candy” and “I love my Mom.”  We say, “I love you” and “I love my puppy dog.”I think you can see that love means a lot of different things.

Hopefully we love God with a different kind of love than we love peanut butter.What do we mean when we say, “I love you”?  What does the Bible mean when it tells us to “walk in love”?  The Bible was originally written in a different language called Greek.  In the Greek language there are four different words for love.

Agape Love or God’s love is the highest kind of love.  Jesus told us to love one another even as He loved us.  How did Jesus love us?  He gave His life for us.  That is the God kind of love in action.

Phileo Love is Friendship Love.  This is the kind of love you have for your best friend.  Think about the feeling you have when you are hanging with your friends.  That is Phileo Love.

Storge Love is Affection.  This type of love is a handshake, a pat on the shoulder or even a hug.  It is one way that we show people we love them.

Eros Love is  Romance.  This kind of love is a special kind of love between a Daddy and a Mommy.  The Bible says you can only love one person with this kind of love.  It says to your spouse that you love them more than anyone else in the world.

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