Defining Love

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Relationship with G-D

Defining Love

DEFINING LOVE

What is the first word we should think of when we define God’s love?
Before I give you the definition I wanted to look at a few things from our culture.

Love is fondness, an affection of the mind caused by that which delights
Love is an intense feeling of deep affection
Love is a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.
Love is a variety of different emotional and mental states, typically strongly and positively experienced, that ranges from deepest interpersonal affection to simple pleasure.

Although all of this is part of love, it is not a foundational understanding of love. Love is not based on emotions no more than our primary definition can be an emotion.

LOYALTY IS THE WORD WE SHOULD THINK OF FIRST WHEN DESCRIBING GOD’S LOVE.

The reason this is the first word we should think of is that all of the words we are to define in scripture are in a context. The bible is written for us but not to us, therefore we must understand the context before we begin to define terms or to apply it. All of these words are in the context of covenant because the bible is written as a legal covenantal document between a King and his vassals- called in that day a Suzerainty Treaty. Thus love takes on the definition reflecting its king and in this case it is Yehovah or Yahweh
In this legal document a King loves (is loyal) to his people to provide for them, protect them, correct them and keep them unconditionally unless the vassal or person refuses to stay in covenant- renouncing this covenant by words or actions. Then the person can either repent and stay in covenant or they can choose to completely walk away from this covenantal love. When understanding all of this, our return reply is one of love (loyalty) to only one King or God. Thus when we act in a way that does not reflect our king and we refuse to repent, we are committing treason. Through our Vassal King Yeshua, we can come to our King, the Father. he is the one that helps us stay in covenant, so all our love given to the Son ultimately goes to the Father. This is why we don’t pray to Yeshua, but to the Father through Yeshua, according to scripture. This way we acknowledge the roles of our God as they are distinct in roles, but the same being.

This way if anyone says they love God but does not want to follow HIs ways is making an antithetical statement. To be a believer in Yeshua is to be in covenant with the Father and thus walk in obedience- Romans 7 shows Paul’s struggle as he so desires to obey everything in the law in covenant, but struggles, and can only be victorious in Yeshua by the indwelling of the Spirit of God.

Lastly, the reason it is so important to understand love is that it gives you a perfect chance to declare truth about love in a culture that defines love primarily based on emotion, which is why divorce is so high and why you see bumper stickers outlined with the rainbow colors declaring- Hate is not a family value and God loves me too. They are defining love outside of an understanding of covenant. Marriage is between one man and woman in covenant with God. Covenant involves blood to seal it and thus we see Yeshua’s shed blood for us to remove our sin and shame. Likewise, marriage done God’s way is a covenant that is sealed with blood as a pure couple consummate their marriage. God will still be gracious to us if we did not wait or understand, but his original design is this way. God is love (1 John 4:8), thus it is part of His character and nature to be love. Therefore if we want to have any relationships where we truly want to love them properly, we need to go to our Creator who created and exudes this for all to see. May we seek His wisdom to know how to obey the greatest commandments that Yeshua gave us when asked in Mark 12:28-33- Acknowledge that God is one and that He is our God (making that confession of faith and renewal of covenant), and then love God and love your neighbor.

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