Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Lesson in Greek & Marriage

Did you know that the English word "love" translates into 4 different meanings in ancient Greek?The common ones used when referring to marriage are Agape love (unconditional, self-giving love) as well as Eros love (intimate love).

Sometimes I have to remind myself that even when the Eros fades, I express Agape, because that's what we promised to do. And both are necessary to keep our marriage alive.
It can be really hard. There are days when I wonder what I have gotten myself into. (I'm sure E has them too)

Pew Research came out with a poll today that said 39% of Americans feel that marriage is obsolete. But I have to say that since getting married, I've come to appreciate marriage (both mine and others) a lot more than I had before. I see its value, and how important it is to nurture and guard the relationship.

Marriage has been singularly the most frustrating, agonizing, intimate and rewarding relationship I could have imagined. But I wouldn't trade it in for anything else.

(I'm sorry I kind of geeked out with that tidbit of ancient Greek. I can't be married to a theological student without picking up something! But this is also a preview of something to come)


beka said...

A very good reminder to keep the agape love at the top of my priority list!

Sarah said...

Amen sister! I have to say that I think agape is the most important kind of love you can have. When it comes to eros that's what we need to take the jump to marriage, that physical attraction and passion! But after that agape creates those sweet moments that you wouldn't give up for the world!
Wearing It On My Sleeves

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