Upendo kwa Mungu
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
Yesu hakubadilisha ufafanuzi wa upendo kati ya Agano la Kale na Jipya (ona Mathayo 5:17-19). Kwa hivyo, sheria ya Mungu katika Agano zote mbili inatufundisha ufafanuzi wa "upendo."
Upendo - kitengo cha maandiko - sio hisia tu. Ni tathmini ya hatua . Kwa maandiko, kwa mfano, "kumkemea jirani yako" ni "upendo" jambo la kufanya:
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
Kumwadhibu mtoto wako wakati anafanya dhambi ni tendo la upendo:
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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