Love

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“Chris­tian lib­erty is pre­cisely free­dom to love and serve (Gal 5:13; cf. I Pet 2:16; II Pet 2:19).”11 Fur­ther as “your free­dom through love be ser­vants of one another” (Gal 5:13), and “love your neigh­bor as your­self” (Gal 5:14). Love may be called the “per­fect law of lib­erty.”12 Je­sus said, the king­dom is for those who love him, who love the peo­ple in need of help, the poor, the trou­ble and the help­less peo­ple is shown as love to God. Lov­ing the help­less is in­ter­re­lated to lov­ing God. As you grow in love with God you will be­come a closer to God and a right­eous per­son.

The Bi­ble en­cour­ages us to “be in love and unity” (Col 3:14). Fur­ther­more it tells us, Chris­tian char­ac­ter­is­tics should be marked by “com­pas­sion, kind­ness,

hu­mil­ity, gen­tle­ness and pa­tience” (Col 3:12). Even within a fam­ily, hus­band must love wife or vice versa (Col 3:19). Ac­cord­ing to E.G. White con­cern­ing love in the New Earth, “there, im­mor­tal minds will con­tem­plate with never-fail­ing de­light the won­ders of cre­ative power, the mys­ter­ies of re­deem­ing love. There will be no cruel, de­ceiv­ing foe to tempt to for­get­ful­ness of God.”13 E. G. White also men­tions in the book “Ed­u­ca­tion,” “there, the loves and sym­pa­thies that God has planted in the soul will find truest and sweet­est ex­er­cise.”14

Love is the very Spirit of God, the third per­son in the blessed Trin­ity. In God it con­sists “in the in­fi­nite love he has to and de­light he has in him­self.”15 Hap­pi­ness is seen, there­fore, to be insep­a­ra­ble from love, and to­tally in­de­pen­dent of what Aris­to­tle called “the fur­ni­ture of for­tune.”16 “Hap­pi­ness is in no sense a re­ward of virtue. That would be to con­ceive of it ex­ter­nally. It con­sists in virtue, since love, the sum of virtue, is it­self de­light or hap­pi­ness.”17

Ac­cord­ing to Henry Stob, “Love” as it func­tions in the vo­cab­u­lary of many English-speak­ing peo­ple seems to con­note lit­tle more than sex or sen­ti­men­tal­ity. “The good old English word ‘char­ity’ is hardly in a bet­ter case, since it sug­gests to

con­tem­po­rary man some­thing like alms-giv­ing. “Benev­o­lence,” like­wise, has come to carry over­tones of pa­tron­age.”18

Kinds of Love: There are two Greek words love, “Eros” and “Agape.” Those are in English words “love,” “char­ity,” “benev­o­lence,” and so on.19

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