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In the English Language the word “love” covers many emotions and actions.
In order to clarify what we mean we rely on modifiers but even that often does not accurately define which form of love it is we are referring to. I might say I Love You to my wife, my children and, I also may say I love pizza, dogs, and mountains . We Christians speak of “Christian Love” or tell someone GOD Loves them but that sure seems to leave a great deal to their imagination. Of course, one should use many passages within the Bible to help people understand the depth and scope of GOD’S Love. Perhaps begin with one verse and continue to offer more at the recipient’s request.
Psalm 136:26 ESV
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
So this thing called “love” has a broad spectrum of meanings and some languages do better than others expressing it.
Examples of non-English terms of Love that express nuance with single words can be found in this article:
“23 Untranslatable Foreign Words That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought” by Koty Neelis
GOD has taught us about unconditional Love.
Romans 5:8 ESV
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
GOD is about more than love let me not deceive you: GOD is Holy, GOD is Just, GOD requires worship and respect but, . . . but for this post I have focused on one part of GOD’S nature: Love. In the Bible you can get the whole character of GOD; I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ and immediately gain the help from The Holy Spirit; seek out like minded believers; read the Holy Bible.
First century christians lived LOVE.
The First Century Christians chose to live their lives as closely to what Jesus had instructed as humanly possible. The Acts 4 scripture below explains in detail the way they lived. They were successful because we know about GOD today and thus can have a loving relationship with GOD: The Bible conveys GOD’S character in great detail: we can know GOD. People call this religion but GOD embraced us; GOD reached out to us and religion is the way humans attempt to get the attention of a god or gods.
Acts 4:32-37 (ESV)
They Had Everything in Common
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE
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