We Need More Words for Love

We Need More Words for Love

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Christian Lyrics, Songwriting | No Comments

Agape. Eros. Philia. Storge.

The Greek language offers four different words to help define the idea that is “love”. In English, we get one.

As a songwriter, that’s simply unfair. The word “love” has become definitionally meaningless. Yet, in 1 John 4:8, we read that God himself is love. This word in the Greek is “Agape”, meaning unconditional divine love.

Most pop songs sing about “Eros”, sensual desire. Most children’s songs sing about “Philia”, connection between family and friends. All use the single English word we have, “love.”

It’s just not fair. And it’s about time we make up some new ones. If you’re with me, say Agapellujah!