How to describe love

One of the nicest ways I’ve heard love describe was by a little child. When the seven year old was asked what she thought love was all about, she wrinkled her nose and stated with authority that, ‘Love is when your name is safe in someone’s mouth.’

Love is when your name is safe in someone’s mouth

I’ll definitely go with that one and will do my very best to keep everyone’s name safe in my mouth. Without a doubt that is what Jesus meant when he reiterated His Fathers Word and said that we are to

love each other and not to speak idle words or call anyone a fool.

To get a better handle on the whole loving and relationship thing I decided to find out more in-depth what our Creator and His Son have to say about love. What I noticed is that we are ‘commanded’ to love each other. I used to think that, well you know, some people we love and others we don’t. Simply because some people are loveable and others aren’t. Not so, according to scripture; just get over yourselves and love each other already.

Many of us aren’t that keen on anything unfamiliar,  but God tells us to

love the stranger like ourselves.

Talk is cheap. The bible tells us to take care of each other. period.

Love each other Love one and other

Jesus taught us in many different ways what love was all about. Jesus told us not to say bad things about each other and He repeated his Father’s Word when He stated that we are to 

love others ‘as ourselves.

Jesus personified love. He said,

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends

and Jesus proceeded to do just that when he sacrificed his life for the sake of others. Jesus didn’t just tell us what to do, he showed us in action and then invited us to follow Him.

If ye love me …

Did Jesus tell us what love is?

Yes, He did.

He told us that we shall recognise his disciples by the love they have for each other.  And he spelled out for us what we are to do if we want to follow him,

 if ye love me keep my commandments. 

This makes it rather easy to detect fakes.

Jesus told all the lawless ones to stay away from him. After Jesus died, his first hand Peter assured Jesus three times in a row that he loved Him. To which Jesus responded, feed my lambs and sheep and follow me. When we follow Jesus we’re expected to walk as he walked.

Did Jesus say that just faith and believing in Him will do?

No, he didn’t. He said like His Father did before Him, if ye love me keep my commandments. Which commandments? The Ten.

God is love

The bible tells us that

God is love God is love

and that we either love God or we love the world. But to love both at the same time is not possible. If you love the world you cannot love God and if you love God you cannot love the world. This is according to scripture.

It’s similar with our life. Jesus says that those who love their life will lose it and those who hate their lives will keep it unto life eternal. Hating your life is fine.  Hating your brother/sister however will get you in BIG trouble.

If your God tells you to go around hating people, I would like you to consider that my God tells me to love people. I know whose God I prefer.
Jesus elaborated on the kind of love that is expected from his followers and those who claim to love our Creator,

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek,
turn to him the other also.  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,
let him have thy cloak also.

We’re told to depart from evil and do good and actively seek peace and pursue it.

God made me to laugh.

When I read those lines about people who love their life will lose it an those who hate their lives will keep it unto life eternal, my own life started to make sense to me for the first time ever. And once more God made me to laugh! Hahaha, much as I tried to love all the perks of a charmed life, it just didn’t do it for me. How is it possible to love wealth and riches when there is so much unresolved poverty and suffering all around us? Guess who run in rat races?
God’s Word however I love with a passion, His Son; I’m head over the heels. Hahaha, too good!

‘What is Love?’ according to the prophets. Scripture is by Moses, Jesus and Apostle John. Music of this video is courtesy of Art of Noise ‘Moments in Love.’

So what is the love of God?

According to scripture the love of God is that we keep his commandments.

For this is the love of God,
that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not grievous.

What is love?

love is following the commandments

This is love,
that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, that,
as ye have heard from the beginning,
ye should walk in it.

Scripture tells us that love is being good to each other according to the directions given to us by our Creator. Quite straightforward really, a child and anyone with a sincere heart can do it.

The Commandments sum up how we are to love.

It is pretty simple, the Commandments sum up how we are to love.

Our name is safe in the mouth of those who love us because loving people don’t lie, kill, hate, steal, covet and so on.

The Commandments done away with? Not by those who follow the Father and His Son in earnest. Maybe by the holier than thou’s and the lawless ones. And we all know what The Father and Jesus had to say about them.

Life everlasting

Jesus said that love is walking after God’s commandments. How do we know that Jesus spoke about God’s commandments? Because he elaborated on this, he told us just like his Father did that the commandments are life everlasting.

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me,
he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting:
whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me,
so I speak.



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re-blogged and adapted with permission from thelordspub Posted: 23 Mar 2012 04:54 AM PDT