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Positive feelings towards another, often expressed in terms of attachment and warmth.

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People and things arouse affection

Whole churches

Philippians 1:7 NASB95
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
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1 Samuel 18:1 NASB95
Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.
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Luke 7:13 NASB95
When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

The temple

Ezekiel 24:21 NASB95
‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword.


Nehemiah 1:3–4 NASB95
They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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Affection is sometimes expressed in familial terms

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Emotions expressing affection


Genesis 34:3 NASB95
He was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.
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Philippians 1:8 NASB95
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
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2 Corinthians 6:11 NASB95
Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
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Matthew 9:36 NASB95
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
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2 Corinthians 2:4 NASB95
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
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Philemon 7 NASB95
For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
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1 Corinthians 4:14 NASB95
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
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