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.

Wow, that's powerful. Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on those two commandments. Thinking about this, it makes a lot of sense. If we don't love our creator God who made us, what love do we have? Isn't it reasonable that we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? And since God made man in his image, why shouldn't we love our neighbor? God made our neighbor too. Love begins with loving God and goes on to love our neighbor as ourself. And there are more scriptures also:

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

How Do We Know When People Don't Love Us?

By now, you probably see that God's definition and description of love is quite clear. So it's pretty easy to know when people hate you, they simply don't love God and don't love others as themselves.

1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

Do you think this applies to overseers who rape women workers? If an overseer says that he is "walking in the light" or "part of the truth" and rapes a woman, then is this love? How could anyone say this person loves God or their neighbor?

Putting Into Words What I Felt

After reading through the teachings of Jesus and finding out verbal descriptions of what love is, I realized that the workers and friends did not love me. No surprise there. I knew before they were shallow in their affections and didn't care how much they hurt me. Even by standards of "worldly" people, they were unloving. Not only were they were teaching me to disobey God, but they were just trying to manipulate me for their own pleasure to maintain their illusion about the workers to maintain their following. I searched the Bible and found answers to my questions. And like the definition of LOVE, I found other answers to questions I didn't even have yet.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. Truly there is no greater love than this. He was without sin. He kept the commandments of God without sin. He taught us the purest love, and there is nothing greater.

Who loves God?
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Loving God and loving others are result of faith in God.

Can someone who loves God hate his brother?
1 John 4:19+ We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Love is Reproving and Not Watching People Die in Sin

Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Love is in the Two Greatest Commandments

Matthew 22:36 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. 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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