ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ἠγάπησεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἕν σε ὑστερεῖ· ὕπαγε, ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ δὸς [τοῖς] πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι.
jaihare wrote:Are thinking of John 21? I've got some opinions about that passage. If you're going there, I'd love to lay them out for you.
To be honest, I can't remember what it was -- possibly Mark 10:21. It was a very minor thing.
And Jesus, having looked upon him, loved him and said to him: "One thing is holding you back - go, whatever you have sell and give to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven, and follow me here."
I don't see a reason to think that ἠγάπησεν would mean anything other than "he loved". What gave you a different impression?
This kinda ties with my opinion of John 20 -- that ἀγαπάω is a lower form of love than φιλέω, which is relationship-based. I think ἀγαπάω is more emotion-based and doesn't require any kind of relationship to feel. It's more compassion-type love than love that subsists in a personal connection. It's like saying "Jesus felt something for him" or "had compassion on him".
That's my opinion, anyway.