Because you do not reference the areas or passages of which you refer, a complete answer of your question is a bit difficult. In general, there is defiantly a difference in the way love is viewed as well as expressed... throughout life as well as in the Bible. While the English language uses love as a blanket term, it's becomes more specialized in Greek. You've no doubt heard of the terms philos (brotherly), eros (sensual), and agape (unconditional). All refer to an act of love, but from very different points of view and context for sure.