The word philia describes a particular form of love – that of friendship or brotherhood. We can, and should, celebrate the positives this kind of love can bring – mutual encouragement, strength, support and growth.
The book of Proverbs contains much wisdom amongst which is this little gem: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:7). This sounds like a good description of philia to us. Our illustration is of Job and a friend – a man who needed friends in the face of adversity but who found some wanting.
Today may you experience, or offer, philia to someone close to you.