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28 One of the scribes came and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the greatest of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The greatest is: ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 The second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 The scribe said to him, “Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he; 33 and to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from God’s Kingdom.” No one dared ask him any question after that. Mark 12:28-34WEB
Jezus veranderde de definitie van liefde tussen het Oude en het Nieuwe Testament niet (zie Matt. 5:17-19). Daarom leert Gods wet in beide Testamenten ons de definitie van "liefde".
Liefde - de Schriftuurlijke categorie - is niet alleen een emotie. Het is een evaluatie van een actie. In de Schrift, bijvoorbeeld, is "je buurman berispen" een "liefdevol" ding om te doen:
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
Het lichamelijk kastijden van je kind als het zondigt is een liefdevolle daad:
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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