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There are different types of love. For instance, the love for our Creator and His Son, love in marriage, love in the biological family and also love in the earthly Christian family.
The love for our Creator reserves the most important and prominent position, and if this is strongly cultivated, and matures in sincerity, then the achievement of all the other loves mentioned will be just a formality and become a reality.
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2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 & 6
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LOVE AND LOVING
November 1st, 2010 | Author: Douglas | Edit
All the other healthy and admirable loves are basically equal in standing to each other. The other loves also all complement each other. The Bible states that a human loves himself in abundance. The Bible further states that you must love your neighbour as you love yourself.
There are, however, many aspects to, and requirements for the growth, achievement and acquisition of sincere and wholesome love.
Many of these aspects are tenderness, sincere caring, very severe discipline if really necessary, patience, loving support, kindness, openness in interaction, and all the other loving aspects that most probably could also be mentioned.
The Bible is very specific about the value of real and true love. The Bible compares love to the unity with which the various members of the human body comply to enable the human body to operate efficiently. If one had but the slightest idea as to the intricacy of the human body, then the value of love will be more fully appreciated.
Gaining accurate Biblical knowledge will show what different applications and administration of actions are required to oppose the malfunction and resultant suffering caused by loss of love. Also will be realised that love can also be misguided and evil. The love of money, for instance, is the main cause of all injurious things. Then there is the exaggerated love of oneself, the love to ferociously compete, the love of entertainment, the love of fleshly human desires, and many others as well.
Let us have a look at a few Scriptures from the Bible on Love and Loving:
The one holding back his rod is hating his son, but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Now, however, there remain faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
2 Corinthians 2:4
For out of much tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote YOU with many tears, not that YOU might be saddened, but that YOU might know the love that I have more especially for YOU.
For the entire Law stands fulfilled in one saying, namely: “You must love your neighbour as yourself.”
Galatians 5:22 – 24
22 On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24. Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus impaled the flesh together with its passions and desires.
Ephesians 4:15 & 16
15 But speaking the truth, let us by love grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ. 16. From him all the body, by being harmoniously joined together and being made to cooperate through every joint that gives what is needed, according to the functioning of each respective member in due measure, makes for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
And this is what I continue praying, that YOUR love may abound yet more and more with accurate knowledge and full discernment;
2 that their hearts may be comforted, that they may be harmoniously joined together in love and with a view to all the riches of the full assurance of [their] understanding, with a view to an accurate knowledge of the sacred secret of God, namely, Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:10
10 and with every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved.
Really the objective of this mandate is love out of a clean heart and out of a good conscience and out of faith without hypocrisy.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.
If, now, YOU practice carrying out the kingly law according to the scripture: “You must love your neighbour as yourself,” YOU are doing quite well.
1 John 2:15
Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us love, neither in word nor with the tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 4:10
The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent forth his Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:12
At no time has anyone beheld God. If we continue loving one another, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.
1 John 4:20
20 If anyone makes the statement: “I love God,” and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he has not seen.
1 John 5:3
For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,
2 John 3
There will be with us undeserved kindness, mercy [and] peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, with truth and love.