The Bible speaks of different kinds of love. One is based on affection and friendship, while the other speaks of God’s benevolence. Our minds tend to view love based on emotions and feelings however, the love of God is unconditional and willful. The love God has for us is the love that satisfies the debts […]
The word Torah (Law) is defined as ‘instruction’. By understanding the true Torah, we gain a desire for knowledge of the Lord. Walking out (being obedient to) the Torah produces the love of knowledge in us. Love is keeping the commandments and doing so will lead us to immortality.
He who is full of love will incur every loss, so that peace may be restored to the church.
During intense persecution by the Jews at the time, the true Christians loved their enemies and prayed that God would have mercy on them. They would rather face death than deny Jesus Christ. This is the love that Christ taught His followers to have.
If we have a love for the truth, we will refrain from speaking any falsehood. Hermas, being a man of God, was releasing lies that were going without challenge by his hearers; they accepted his teaching as truth. Hermas lamented for the falsehoods he spoke and questioned if he could even be saved. The angel of repentance was teaching him to correct his errors by speaking the truth.
Love is manifest in our suffering of martyrdom, our works, and teachings (written and oral). We are to love God through our obedience; we cannot simply profess our love, as Jesus said there are those who only worship with their lips. The fulfillment of the Torah (Law) is love. There are those who are obedient out of fear of punishment, but on the other hand there are those who will fulfill the Torah out of love.