my journey of life I have been a minister and chaplain at a law
enforcement center. The subject of what love means came up many times in
both jobs. Some people gave their lives in the name of love, while some
people beat or murder others whom they said they loved. Any minister
that has been called to the home of someone that has been a victim of
spousal abuse knows exactly what I mean. There have been many cases
where a policeman almost begs a woman to file charges against a man that
has beaten her severely, but she refuses and says she can’t because he
really loves her. What kind of love allows something like that?
love a feeling or an emotion – or is it an action? It depends on what standard one uses
to measure love. Many people measure love by how they feel or what
emotions are triggered. They love a person, an animal, a dessert, a
picture, a car, etc. – by how it makes them feel. If it makes them
feel good, they love it. Spin doctors use this model to sell products or
get someone to vote for whoever is paying them. Feelings & emotions
are very subjective and easily manipulated by spin doctors or wife
is another way to measure love and it is found in the Bible. It is the
Hebrew meaning of love and that is the meaning that should be the
standard by which love is measured by Christians and Jews. Don’t
forget that Jesus and his earliest followers were all Jews.
of love are acts of TOV. They are the acts described in the above
graphic. TOV is a very important word in the Hebrew Bible. In the first
account recorded in the Bible, the Creation Account, the word TOV
appears seven times. It was used to measure the creative acts that God
did. In English translations TOV is translated “good.” In
the Genesis account Tov means doing acts that protect and preserve life;
acts that enhance the quality of life and increase functionality.
word TOV also appears in the second account of the Bible. It is part of
the name of that famous tree the serpent lured the humans to pick and
eat its forbidden fruit.
name of the tree is the Tree of
the Knowledge of TOV and RA. It is the tree of the knowledge of acts
that protect and preserve life, acts that enhance the quality of life.
RA is the opposite of TOV and it is translated as “evil.” If this is
the case, then “evil” is defined as “acts that harm and destroy
life, acts that decrease the quality of life.”
the Bible, the opposite of love isn’t hate – the opposite of love is evil! The man that beats his wife is
committing an act of evil, not hate. No matter what may be going on
between his ears, we can measure what he does by biblical love standard
– and it isn’t love.
acts of love was the foundation message and core value of Jesus and his
about what this means in real life. Loving our spouse, children,
neighbors and country takes on a very different meaning, when we measure
them by the standard above. The bottom line is that the message of the
wisdom of the biblical text is to make our highest and core value -
Jesus taught “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” he
simply said “love others as you would have them love you.” This is
what it means to be the image of God in your generation – do what He
would do. By doing love we can be co-creators and create a very
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