Love of the Law

In Christianity loving the Torah is looked upon often and by many with disgust. We tend to tie up the definition of love in that one singular Corinthians passage as an easy to remember. Though reasonably you can apply definition to it, it is a list of love’s behaviors and non behaviors.

8 Things Love does not:

Envy

Parade itself

Is not puffed up
Behave rudely
Seek its own
Provoked
Thinks no evil
Rejoice in iniquity

7 Things love does

Suffers long and is kind

Rejoices in the truth

Bears all things

Believes all things

Hopes all things

Endures all things

Never fails

With such a list sometimes if not more oft than not it is easier to love quietly in the heart. Some people choose paths that we are not allowed by others to love because we are rejected along with Christ, but the definition of love stands to love actively to the actively understanding and the passionate learners and fellow observers of His love. I include observers because we need and are called to observe the law, to observe His love, how Christ loves us, not just how we feel He might love us that is based on our selfish interpretation and feelings over the lining up of scripture.

Love is

Better than wine (Song of Solomon 1:2)
As strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6)
The fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10)
Of God (1 John 4:7)

The words of Jesus resonate in my heart, “IF you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15

Why should I? The spiritual youth might ask. Out of the 16 times this shows up in scripture (keeping commandments), these four benefits appear:

1. Deeper understanding of His Lordship (Leviticus 22:31)
2. His giving rain in due season and thus land and tree bear produce and fruit (Leviticus 26: 3-4)
3. His Mercy (Deuteronomy 5:10)
4. Gathering to and by Him to “the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name”. (Nehemiah 1:9)

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