How I Learned the Love of God
What is love? What is the love of God? How do you know if people love you or God loves you?
Growing up in the 2x2 religion, I would say that love was defined as "going to meetings, cherishing the workers, giving them a place to stay, taking part in meetings etc". But what was love to my parents? To my parents, I loved them if I obeyed them, made my bed, brushed my teeth, did good in school etc. But what does God say that love is? and what is the love of God?
Things I knew about Love
I knew that God loves all of us. I had heard people who called themselves Christians tell other people that "Jesus loves you." But what does that mean? I knew God wanted to save my soul. But I didn't feel loved. People just talked about it sometimes without understanding God's love. It felt hollow and not real to me. What is the love of God? How did I know if God loved me? Thankfully, the Bible defines love.What is love?
2 John 1:5+ And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
What? God shows his love when we keep his commandments? I had never heard of such a thing.
Love Shown and Given by God
Deuteronomy 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Surely love is obeying the law of God. Love is not idolatry, murdering, adultery, covetousness, telling lies, taking God's name in vain, profaning the sabbath or dishonoring your parents.
Love Taught by God
I learned from the Bible much about the love of God. First, the greatest things is to love God. This was written by Moses in Deuteronomy 6
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Of course, those of you who believe you are "not a Jew" and "not under the old testament" (and claim to be under the new testament) might just ignore these words of God, not realizing that the New Covenant is made between God and the Jews also. And that the law of God has not changed. The old testament was the law written in stone, but the new is God's law written on our hearts and minds. And for those of you, as I am, who wanted to get to know the unchanging God that created us, took this greatest commandment in. I have learned that loving begins with loving God, with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. What a great beginning to know love - loving God!
Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Another example of God's love is the second commandment. Again, this was given by God to the Jews/Israel.
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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In Gods Image
Who is Christian?
Is Jesus Christ God
Man with maid
Spirit of Revelation
Gospel of Apostles
Power of God
|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|