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What is meant by “love”?


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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the study and understanding of love is complicated by the fact that there are so many ways in which the word “love” is used in conversation and writing today.  We can read in the bible that God expects us to love Him and each other and then assure ourselves and others that we are doing exactly that.  But are we actually loving as the New Testament describes it?  If the love of which we feel assured is not the love of which God speaks, then we are not fulfilling His expectations.  How can we know what the inspired writers of the bible mean by “love”?  I looked up some definitions.  We can use an English dictionary and, while that can be helpful, a modern dictionary tells us how the word is currently being used.  I am more interested in what the inspired writers of the bible meant.

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