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Romans 12:10 (NIV)
10 Be devoted to one another in love.x Honor one another above yourselves.y
How are we to love one another? Take a close look at the Greek Word for Love in this particular verse.
Definition: To love, have affection for or to have a friendship
Exegetical Guide | Romans 12:10
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The English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament New International Version (2011)
τῇ φιλαδελφίᾳ εἰς ἀλλήλους φιλόστοργοι, τῇ τιμῇ ἀλλήλους προηγούμενοι, | NIV2011 NT RI
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. | NIV
φιλαδελφίᾳ philadelphia Be devoted to one another in love Honor one another above yourselves
φιλαδελφία philadelphia brotherly love
noun, dative, singular, feminine
Sense: brotherly love – the affection naturally befitting the relationship between siblings; especially as the affection of those who are now siblings in God’s family.
BDAG love of brother/sister
LSJ brotherly love; love of the brethren
φιλόστοργοι philostorgoi Be devoted to one another in love Honor one another above yourselves
φιλόστοργος philostorgos loving dearly; being devoted
adjective, nominative, plural, masculine
Sense: familially loving – loving in a way characteristic of the relationship between husband and wife, mother and child, father and son, etc.
BDAG loving dearly
LSJ loving tenderly, affectionate; affection
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Do we dearly love one another in the Church? Do we honor one another above ourselves? Are we devoted to those who fail in life and come alongside them during that failure? Or do you celebrate that failure with a cynical comment?
Those who are Godly should gently and humbly restore such a person.
Find another who needs your philia love.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.