Like and Love
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9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
I. Start with God's love as a foundation (Jn 3:16), Christ's love as an example (Jn 14:21), self-love as comparison.
Like is an emotional response to a stimulus that tickles our transient preferences.
Jer 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: " Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with hesed I have drawn/scattered you (cf Mal 1:2).
1Jn 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Loving ourselves (nourish and cherish -Eph 5:29) is a prerequisite for loving others as ourselves.
Storge – Affection; fondness thru positive familiar/frequent interaction, diminished by irritation due to lack of sanctification
II. God's love and acceptance are conditional in our experience (Rm 15:7 accept as; Jer 14:10 not accept due to wander)
III. Biblical love of others is impossible without the perquisites of loving God and purifying our hearts.
2Pt 1:5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
A. Love of God Mk 12:29 Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
A1. Knowing God 1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
A2. Obeying God Dt 30:20 that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers...
Jn 15:9 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
1Jn 2:5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
1Jn 4:21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
B. Purified soul and heart 1Pt 1:22 Since you have purified your souls (mind/will-values/emotions) by obeying the truth through the Spirit for (eis) sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
Giving vs getting. Like is primarily about viewing things from our perspective; it's self-centered (not necessarily in a bad way).
1Jn 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
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