QUESTION: Is Bible love different than what we usually consider love to be?

ANSWER: Today’s society has a lot of “love” in it, but it is not necessarily the love described by the Bible. As a matter of fact, people who possess and practice the “love” common and widespread in our society would allow sin and wrong doing, thus allowing a soul to go to hell eternally, and feel like they have done something wonderful. This may even be done in ignorance, but, remember, the Bible is always right! So, having said this let’s see what the Bible says about love.

Paul tells us that love is the greatest thing man can possess: 1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV) “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).” But, exactly what kind of love is Paul talking about? Is he talking about a romantic or sexual kind of love? Is he talking about undisciplined and willful human feelings where any- thing and everything is acceptable as long as one feels it is right—where you’re OK and I’m OK?

The benefits of Bible love are endless, but suffice it to say that Bible love will not only lead the soul to heaven eternally, it will also prove helpful in our daily walks of life on earth. The love primarily declared in the Bible is a moral and honorable love characterized by things such as compassion, forgive- ness, humility, loyalty, kindness, mildness, and patience: Micah 6:8 (KJV) “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Colossians 3:12-13 (KJV) “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” John 8:42 (KJV) “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I pro- ceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.” John 14:15 (KJV) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” 1 Corinthians 13:1- 8 (KJV) “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all myster- ies, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not chari- ty, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me noth- ing. 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” Unlike romantic, sexual, or willful human feelings, which usually fade or change with time, Bible love grows right on and on, becoming even stronger as the years come and go.

Bible love leads us to faithful service: John 3:16 (KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 2 Corinthians 5:18 (KJV) “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” Romantic, sexual and willful human feelings do not do this. Again, as a matter of fact, human feelings do not allow for the teaching of the Bible because they “feel” it is too judgmental and restrictive. Yet the Bible is the power of God unto salvation: Romans 1:16 (KJV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” This kind of loving service is well illus- trated in John 21:15-17 where we find a conversation taking place between Jesus and Peter—Jesus ask Peter, “Do you love me?,” and Peter responded “Yes Lord.” Jesus then said, “Feed my sheep.” Please note that Jesus said “Feed” not “whip them in shape.” There is a major difference between the two different ways and it is our job as loving Christians, taught by the Bible, to feed and nurture not to be the judge, jury and executioner. Once again, the Bible is always right!

While God is not condemning romantic and or sexual love, or even human feelings He does require Bible love to be the leading influence in our lives: Colossians 3:14 (KJV) “And above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond of perfectness.” John 15:12 (KJV) “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

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