Christian love for Karl Barth is one thing only: “agape.” “It is never, as such, erotic, hungry, self-assertive, grasping, wanting to posses, to control, and to enjoy. Christian love communicates, surrenders, serves, and creates.”22
Agape is not the contradiction of Eros, but it differs from it; it is in fact its opposite. It is supernatural love; it is divine. Men would not have known it had it not been revealed, and men can share in it only as they are incorporated into Christ by faith through the operation of the Spirit.
This love does not seek to acquire or possess; it is not appropriative or selfenriching. “This love is the very sign and seal that one has already been enriched, fulfilled, and made whole. It is not turned in upon the self. Also, this love is not value-oriented, or in any way discriminatory. This love does not ask who he is.”23 There can be found the “Love, Agape,” five times in (1 Thess 1:3; 3:16; 3:12; 5:8; 5:13), “to love, Agapau” twice in (1 Thess 1:4; 4:9), “beloved, Agapetos” in (1 Thess 2:8). Since we can know Agape is as very high-level ethic. It is supernatural level.