Ecclesiastes 5:10; 12:13). The most basic thing that can be said about love in relation to God is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16; cf. On the one hand, it could sometimes represent a strong aversion toward the ill will that seeks the destruction of person. The failure to love God like this characterized many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day (Luke 11:42). But most important, the words “I am the Lord your God” in Leviticus 19:34 are replaced in Deuteronomy 10:12-22 with a description of God’s love, justice and mighty deeds for Israel. If God has not satisfied our deep longing for life, then we may as well try to get as much earthly pleasure as possible, whether it is loving to others or not. Faith is the way we receive the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is love. The great desire of the Christian in doing good to his enemy and praying for him is that the enemy might cease to be an enemy and come to glorify God (1 Peter 2:12; 3:14-16; Titus 2:8, 10). My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 48:9, 11 cf. Then finally at the end of the Old Testament era, after Israel had been taken into captivity in Babylon, God plans to have mercy and save his people. “The Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:12). In our latest blog post, we look at how khesed is used throughout the Bible and how it’s been translated. Thus when God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt and preserved them in the wilderness it was because he was acting for his own name’s sake, “that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations” (Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 22; cf Exodus 14:4). God’s nature is such that in his fullness he needs nothing (Acts 17:25) but rather overflows in goodness. 'Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs.' Through the Bible, we discover how to experience love in its many forms and to share it with others as God intended. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1; 15:9, 12, 13). … 4 Love is patient, love is kind. “If I give away all that I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3). He describes it like this: “While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. God said to Moses, “I am a jealous God, showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4). And to love your neighbor as yourself does not mean to have a positive self-image or high self-esteem. In fact, the Old Testament closes with many of God’s promises unfulfilled. It is anything which lays a claim on our affections to be loved other than for Jesus’ sake. So he is not easily irritated (1 Corinthians 13:5). The second great commandment of the Old Testament, as Jesus called it (Matthew 22:39), comes from Leviticus 19:18, “You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” The term “neighbor” here probably means fellow-Israelite. Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:27). “God has promised a crown of life to those who love him” (James 1:12; 3:5; cf. Love in the Bible, as in our everyday usage, can be directed from person to person or from a person to things. But usually when love is not directed toward persons it is directed to virtues or vices. In thy righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” God would cease to be righteous if he ceased to love his own glory on which his people bank all their hope. He says through Isaiah that he created Israel “for his glory” (Isaiah 43:7): “You are my servant Israel in whom I will be glorified” (Isaiah 49:3). 2 Timothy 4:10)? It's in the Bible, Matthew 22:37-40, NKJV. But the word love describes an emotion with vastly differing degrees of intensity. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls” (Proverbs 24:17). 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. This raises the question of what this love is if one could sacrifice his life and still not have it. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he becomes the rewarder of those who seek him.” Here the faith which pleases God has two convictions: that God exists and that to find him is to be greatly rewarded. We are only told that it is not due to any merit or human distinctive (Rom 9:10-13). The psalmist’s hate is based on their defiance against God and is conceived as virtuous alignment with God’s own hate of evildoers (Psalm 5:4-6; 11:5; 31:6; Proverbs 3:32; 6:16; Hosea 9:15). The “world” is not any particular class of objects or people. At another time when Jesus was accused of eating with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 15:1, 2) he told three parables of how it gladdens the heart of God when one sinner repents (Luke 5:3-32). God himself abides in his children by his Spirit (1 John 3:9; 4:12, 13) so that when they love it is because his love is being perfected in them (1 John 3:7, 12, 16). And through faith, the Spirit of Christ, living in us enables us to follow his example. (John 13:35, NIV). But on the other hand, it warns against loving them in such a way that our affections are drawn away from God. True love has a gentle, caring and compassionate heart. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Paul warned young believers against succumbing to immorality: "So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. How is God’s love for the people of Israel described in Ezekiel 16? But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. We pursue love by exercising our gifts in a self-sacrificial way that endeavors to edify others. Since loving God was the first and all-embracing condition of the covenant promise, it became the first and great commandment in the law: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). We'll explore these different types of love in the Bible, and, as we do, we'll discover what love truly means and how to follow Jesus Christ's command to "love one another.". It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. It means using the same zeal, ingenuity and perseverance to pursue your neighbor’s happiness as you do your own. This act by Israel cannot be called love for their enemies (cf. God has set his love on these chosen ones in a unique way (Colossians 3:12; Romans 11:28; 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; Jude 1) so that their salvation is sure. We feel that it is difficult to love someone as they are and would prefer that they were different. He and the Father are one (John 10:30), so that loving one with all the heart involves loving the other, too. The sum of the matter is that satisfaction is not to be had in setting one’s affections on anything but God (cf. But the greatest of these is love. Four unique forms of love are found in Scripture. If you see the ass of one who hates you lying under its burden, you shall not leave him with it, you shall help him lift it up” (Exodus 23:4, 5). Peter had not yet received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; he was incapable of agape love. On the contrary, his very righteousness depends on his maintaining a full allegiance to the infinite value of his glory. But it is not automatic; it can cool away (Matthew 22:12; Revelation 2:4). (John 3:16). Nor should we think of the Father forcing the Son to die for man. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. I suspect that this is due to Paul’s use of the word in 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter. But what exactly is worship? The psalmist leaves that in God’s hands and even treats these hated ones kindly. These texts are simply an outworking in the life of the stipulations laid down in the Mosaic Covenant (the Abrahamic covenant had its conditions too, though love is not mentioned explicitly: Genesis 18:19; 22:16-18; 26:5). Bible Gateway interviewed Van Moody about his book, Desired by God: Discover a Strong, Soul-Satisfying Relationship with God By Understanding Who He Is and How Much He Loves You (Thomas Nelson, 2018). It enables the members to “endure one another” in meekness and lowliness when wronged (Ephesians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 13:7). Rather, it seeks to reward others and build them up (1 Corinthians 8:1; Romans 14:15; Ephesians 4:16; Romans 13:10). Genuine faith in Christ implies a firm confidence that our future is secure (Heb. Eros (Pronounced: AIR-ohs) is the Greek word for sensual or romantic love. Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agapē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to unconditional love, "the highest form of love, charity" and "the love of God for man and of man for God". And since it does not wrong anyone, but seeks the good of all, it fulfills the whole law of God (Romans 13:19; Matthew 7:12, 22:40; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; compare Romans 8:4 and Galatians 5:22). In answering this way, Jesus summarized the whole emphasis of the 10 Commandments. The way one finds oneself within this saving love of God is by faith in the promise that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). Men are to love the good and hate evil (Amos 5:15), love truth and peace (Zechariah 8:19) and love mercy (Micah 6:8) and wisdom (Proverbs 4:6). The command to love God is a command to delight in him and to admire him above all else and to be content with his commitment to work mightily for his people. 2 Timothy 4:8). Therefore, all boasting is excluded (Romans 3:27; 11:18, 20, 25; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:12, 13), it is a gift of God from start to finish (John 6:65). God loves everyone. It is plain in the Old Testament that God’s highest value, his greatest love, is his own name. It is the “most excellent way” of life (1 Corinthians 12:31). The great danger is that the love of money (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:14; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Peter 2:15) and earthly pleasures (2 Timothy 3:4) and human acclaim (Matthew 6:5; 23:6; Luke 11:43; 3 John 9) will steal our hearts from God and make us insensitive to his higher purposes for us. Paul teaches the same thing when he says love is a “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22; Colossians 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7), that it is “from God” (Ephesians 6:23) and is “taught by God,” not men (1 Thessalonians 4:9). The best interpretations of it in Jesus’ own words are the Golden Rule (“As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them,” Luke 6:31) and the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). Paul asks, “Did you receive the Spirit by works of law or by hearing with faith” (Galatians 5:2)? Philippians 2:6). But in Leviticus 19:34 God says, “The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as a native among you and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” We can understand the motivation of love here if we cite a close parallel in Deuteronomy 10:18, 19, “God executes justice for the fatherless and the widow and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Another way to describe the stance which a person must assume in order to receive the fullness of God’s loving help is that the person must love God. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. See also Proverbs 24:29; 1 Kings 3:10; Job 31:29, 30; 2 Kings 6:21-23. The tendency is to want the others to change. It is described as being patient, kind, truthful, unselfish, trusting, believing, hopeful, and enduring. Now we are in a position to answer our earlier question: Why does faith always work through love? As with things, loving persons may mean simply enjoying them and taking pleasure in their personalities, looks, achievements, etc. The King James Bible (early 1600s) translates khesed as “goodness.” The Geneva Bible, from the same time period, uses this same word. ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-13) This is a description of agape love. 11:1, Romans 15:13). There are a few instances in the Old Testament of simple, everyday love of things: Isaac loved a certain meat (Genesis 27:4); Uzziah loved the soil (2 Chronicles 26:10); many love life (Psalm 34:12). For other texts on self-love see Proverbs 19:8; 1 Samuel 18:1, 20:17. For Christian believers, love is the truest test of genuine faith. The nature of genuine saving faith isn’t mere mental assent, but receiving all that God is for us in Jesus Christ. Jesus was accused of being a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 11:9; Luke 7:34). Storge. Therefore, as in the New Testament (John 14:21, 23; 16:27), the full enjoyment of God’s love is conditional upon an attitude appropriate for receiving it, namely, a humble reliance upon God’s mercy: “Trust in the Lord and he will act” (Psalm 37:5). In other words, having our hope pinned on the promises of God frees us from the attitudes that hinder self-giving love. After this commandment, probably the most famous passage on love in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 13. If this is the hallmark of love, how can sinful men, who by nature are selfish (Ephesians 2:3), ever love each other? This Greek word describes family love, the affectionate bond that develops naturally between parents and children, and brothers and sisters. Having freely chosen to establish a covenant with Israel, God glorifies himself in maintaining a loving commitment to this people. The Wycliff Bible (late 1300s) translates khesed as “steadfast love.” A modern translation, the ESV, uses this same phrase. When directed toward things, love means enjoying or taking pleasure in those things. But the word love describes an emotion with vastly differing degrees of intensity. “His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 147:10, 11; 103:13). “All things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28). Storge ["store-jay"], or familial love, is a kind of philia pertaining to the love between parents … Agape love is perfect, unconditional, sacrificial, and pure. The Israelites are to show the same love to the sojourners as God has shown them. John says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15-17). But in order to delight in God, one must have some conviction that he is good, and some assurance that our future with him will be a happy one. Now the question arises: If the same benefits depend on loving God and Christ which at the same time depend on faith, what is the relationship between loving God and trusting him? And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. God’s relationship to Israel as a nation did not mean that he had no dealings with individuals, nor did his treatment of the nation as a whole prevent him from making distinctions among individuals. “If one loves God, he is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15; 66:13). In Jesus Christ we see as never before a revelation of God. And his mercy extended beyond the bounds of Israel (Genesis 12:2, 3; 18:18; Jonah 4:2). Therefore, Christians must make it their aim (1 Timothy 1:15) to “stir one another up to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). The King James Version of the Bible translated agape as charity. We need to recall that love for God, unlike love for a needy neighbor, is not a longing to supply some lack on his part by our service (Acts 17:5). Promiscuity of all types was rampant in ancient Greek culture and was one of the obstacles the apostle Paul had to battle when planting churches in the eastern Mediterranean. Thus, for example, when God decided to punish the Canaanites for their idolatry he used his people to drive them out (Deuteronomy 20:18). Especially worthy of note is the Song of Solomon, which expresses the wholesome delight in the sexual fulfillment of love between a man and a woman. This is true even when Jesus says that the reason God loves his disciples is because they keep his word (John 14:23), for the essence of Jesus’ word is a call to live by faith (John 16:27; 20:31). Therefore, while love is a fruit of the Spirit, it is also a fruit of faith, since it is by faith that the Spirit works (Galatians 3:5). The first and most common is the word AGAPE, the … But the simplest and most accurate definition is "love expressed." This must mean that if a person understood and obeyed these two commandments, he would understand and fulfill what the whole Old Testament was trying to teach. God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to die for our sins and be resurrected. The answer is clearly faith. This is the most frequently cited Old Testament commandment in the New Testament (Matthew 19:19; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:28; James 2;8). “Turn to me and be gracious to me as is your way with those who love you” (Psalm 119:132). But what we learn now is that Christ “reflects the very glory of God and bears the stamp of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3). “If you meet your enemy’s ox or ass going astray, you shall bring it back to him. Unlike the legalism of the Pharisees, it was a “light burden” and an “easy yoke” (Matthew 11:30). “You shall not take vengeance (deed) or bear any grudge (attitude)” (Leviticus 19:18). Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3). And it’s such a powerful love that it’s easily, though mistakenly, described as unconditional. Similarly, Leviticus 19 begins with the command, “You shall be holy for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Then the phrase, “I am the Lord,” is repeated fifteen times in chapter 19 after the individual commands. (Proverbs 5:18–19; see also Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Ecclesiastes 9:9). If love among men is to reflect God’s love, it will have to include the love of enemies, at least to some degree. On the positive side, there is love for God’s commandments (Psalm 112:1; 119:35, 47), his law (Psalm 119:97), his will (Psalm 40:8), his promise (Psalm 119:140) and his salvation (Psalm 40:16). This is not evil of God. In other words, God’s sovereign freedom in dispensing mercy on whomever he pleases is integral to his very being as God. What makes the New Testament new is the appearance of the Son of God on the scene of human history. There is the aspect of love for persons who are not attractive or virtuous or productive. The fact that love is enabled only by God is seen in Paul’s prayers also: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men” (1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philippians 1:9). Following his resurrection, Jesus asked the apostle Peter if he loved him (agape). Therefore, when dealing with love, we must try to relate everything to Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection. This means that the essential characteristic of the person who has been born again and is being led by the Spirit of God is faith (John 1:12, 13). When Moses wanted to see God’s glory, God responded that he would proclaim his glorious name to him. God calls his children to love each other with the deep affection of storge love. Jesus’ second commandment was, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27). (2 Kings 25:8-11) show that God would not tolerate the unfaithfulness of his people. Being satisfied in God’s presence and promise, he is not bent on selfishly seeking his own pleasure, but rather delights “to please his neighbor for his good to edify him” (Romans 15:1, 2). We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. The first four describe ways we actively express our love toward God—the way we live—when our heart, mind and soul are focused in love toward Him. He is author of. “The Lord loves those who hate evil” (Psalm 97:10). Paul taught in Romans 9:6-13 and 11:2-10 that already in the Old Testament “not all Israel was Israel.” In other words, the promises of God’s love to Israel did not apply without distinction to all individual Israelites. In Romans 8:35 Paul said, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” In verse 39 he says, “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This change from “Christ” to “God in Christ” shows that under the heading “God’s love for men” we must include Christ’s love for men, since his love is an extension of God’s. 4. Jesus said this was the reason they did not love and accept him (John 5:42; 8:42). It is delighting in him and a desire to know him and be with him. He taught that God “makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45), “he is kind to the grateful and to the selfish” (Luke 6:35). Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. An interesting compound word using storge, "philostorgos," is found in Romans 12:10, which commands believers to "be devoted" to one another with brotherly affection. (1 Corinthians 7:8–9), But within the boundary of marriage, eros love is to be celebrated and enjoyed as beautiful blessing from God: "Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. In this case, love is not a delight in what a person is, but a deeply felt commitment to helping him be what he ought to be. On the other hand, where there is a will for destruction expressed, it may represent the God-given certainty that the evil person is beyond repentance with no hope of salvation and therefore under the just sentence of God expressed by the psalmist (compare 1 John 5:16). Love is not to be—cannot be—restricted to friends. This love within the Trinity itself is important for Christians for two reasons: First, the costly beauty of the incarnation and death of Christ cannot be understood without it. The person who lives this way will inevitably keep the commandments of Jesus (John 14:15) and of God (1 John 5:3). Love is one of the most powerful emotions humans can experience. This Greek term describes the powerful emotional bond seen in deep friendships. We should probably think of such events as special instances in redemptive history in which God uses his people to execute his vengeance (Deuteronomy 32:35; Joshua 23:10) on a wicked nation. B ible verses that describe God’s love for us are some of my favorites.I hope you enjoy this list of inspirational quotes showing just how much God loves you. God’s love for Israel is not a dutiful divine response to a covenant; rather, the covenant is a free and sovereign expression of divine mercy or love. We must concentrate on the examples of love in Christ (John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 3:23; 2 John 5) and in his saints (1 Corinthians 4:12, 15-17; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:10). The reason this is so is that an essential aspect of God’s glory is his sovereign freedom in choosing to bless the undeserving. 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