Kjærlighet til Gud
35 One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him. 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:35-40WEB
Jesus endret ikke definisjonen av kjærlighet mellom det gamle og det nye testamentet (se Matt 5:17-19). Derfor lærer Guds lov i begge testamentene oss definisjonen av "kjærlighet."
Kjærlighet - den skriftlige kategorien - er ikke bare en følelse. Det er en evaluering av en handling. I Skriften er for eksempel "å irettesette din neste" en kjærlig ting å gjøre:
17 “‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 “‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am YHWH. Leviticus 19:17-18WEB
Å tukte barnet ditt fysisk når de synder, er en kjærlig handling:
24 One who spares the rod hates his son, but one who loves him is careful to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24WEB
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