Love In The Bible

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What then is love? Over the years, society has pondered this question only to arrive to different answers. Who then deserves to be love? Some people love only those who are easy to love. Others, love people who they know will reciprocate their love. According Eagle Vision Ministry, there are different kinds of love: Storge love (love of a parent to child), Eros love (physical love), Phileo love (friendship love), and Agape love (God’s love). Agape love is a unique love that has nothing to do with emotional attachments. It is the kind of love that only God can place in the heart of an individual. It is the kind of love that permits a person to love their enemies. It is the kind of love that permits a person to do good to those who have harmed a person. It is the kind of love that permits a person to pray for those who are undeserving of his/her prayers. God’s shows Agape love because his love is unconditional; the Hebrew word “hesed” best describes the type of love of God has for people (4). One must understand God in order to reach love. In 1Corinthians 13:13, the bible says, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (NRSV) So what does God’s word has to say concerning the subject of love? In Matthew 22:34-40 the bible says, “When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the laws is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two comm...

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...bor. It is easier said than done, but people have to put aside their differences and help each other through life. I believe that God does not just mean on a local scale, but on a global scale that people should help their fellow man.

As one can see, God’s two greatest commandments are found in Matthew 22:34-40, and they are very powerful and meaningful. When the lawyer confronted Jesus with the question of the greatest commandment He did not hesitate to tell the lawyer that the greatest commandments revolved around love. Not just regular love, but agape love, which is a type of love that God shows to individuals. This type of love is an unconditional type love that is shown to people even when things are not good. When Jesus was on the earth he expected people to cherish and obey these commandments in hope of one day entering the kingdom of heaven.
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