You might be wondering: “Why Agape… what is Agape?” You might even have a hard time with the pronunciation (many do).
Well, in the English language, we have one word for love. You say you love your spouse and you also love ice cream. When the same word is used to describe ice cream and your spouse, one of them is ripped off!
In the Greek language, there is more than one word for love. The proper word is used based on the type of love you’re trying to communicate.
A recent beer commercial made the phrase “Love you Man!” popular. This is the kind of “love” we have for our friends. It’s a sort of appreciation, or, brotherly love. In the Greek language, it would be a “phileo” love. We employ the Greek term in our naming of Philadelphia, the city of “brotherly love”.
When two people really love each other, the Greek language might use a form of “eros” to describe the kind of love they might enjoy with each other. It is where we get our word for “erotic”. It is a form of love that a married couple enjoys with each other.
“Agape” love, on the other hand, is the highest form of love. [Agape] Love is patient, [Agape] love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. [Agape] Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Cor 4-8 NIV)
Agape is like love with charity. It is the kind of love that gives. It is selfless. Agape love is the all encompassing highest form of love that one can give. It is the kind of love that describes Christ’s love for the church. A love so powerful that He willingly died for us that we might live.
Our office name is a constant reminder for the kind of Christian love we strive to have for others – where we set aside our selfish desires and think of others better than ourselves. It is our desire that our patients see the love of Christ through the care we give, and that they would know his Agape love.
Dr. Michael Haley
500 S. Cypress Road # 4
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Serving Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Accepting New Patients. Affordable Care. Most Insurances Accepted.