The Love of the Truth

What is Love?
Biblical Definition of Love...

15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. ... 21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." ... 23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. [Jhn 14:15, 21, 23-24 NKJV]

How do we put this “love” to work; namely, what are the boundaries of John 3:16:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [Jhn 3:16-17 KJV]

It is said that “God is Love.” How could a divine Creator, who has demonstrated His unlimited love for mankind place boundaries or limitations around such a demonstration as the “Lamb of God,” sacrificed for us while we were yet sinners? He has not, but we have. Our mistreatment and abuse of God's definition and meaning of “love,” for our self-serving interest, has lead us into the morass of sin and vulgarity that results when we redefine God's word and person-hood (fabricating “another Jesus”) in order that we can “do it our way.” It has been said that we have created God in our image…

It would be a good idea to consider the power in the substance of this word “love.” Like anything else expressed in a “word,” the underlying foundational meaning and its claim upon our response to it is of critical importance. For example, since the creation, YHWH is the “Creator” and “Lawgiver.” In other words, in case you missed it, YHWH is the supreme authority; He makes the rules and we can only make choices that represent our obedience and agreement with His authority or our disobedience and indifference to His authority. So, what does YHWH do with our treatment of His love and its affect upon our choices and actions. The Bible, interestingly, says that the goodness of YHWH draws men to repentance [Rom 2:4]. But not all men will accept the loving-kindness and grace that God has poured out to them. Here is the Scripture that explains the end of the one that rebukes the truth and the love of the truth:

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [2Th 2:10-12 KJV]

My dear brothers and sisters, we must LOVE THE TRUTH (God's Word Torah is THE TRUTH). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth… God has made provision for our deliverance and salvation… on His terms and using the definition of His words, and the Torah says we are not to “add to,” or to “take from,” the Torah… YHWH'S instructions for living. Deut 4:2; 12:32, and Rev 22:18-19.

The words “love” in the examples above are related to a special kind of “love.” It is a deep conviction for and determination to “choose” the things that God says is “His way,” and it is why Yeshua said (above), “if you love me, keep my commandments.” The born-again man, empowered by the Holy Spirit is truly a “doer” of the Word, not just simply a “hearer” of the Word (James 1:22-24):

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. [Jas 1:22-25 KJV]

Of course, the “perfect law of liberty” in the verse above is the Torah… living the Torah, as was the practice of Yeshua, is what liberates us from “religion” and “doctrines of men,” which Yeshua said make the Word of God of “none effect.” [Mat 15:6, Mrk 7:13]

Love then, as God has defined it, is a “foundation” of power and effectiveness that is manifest in the believer by the work of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the “love” in the examples above is a love of choice, a choice the believer has based upon the veracity and certainty of God's word… in other words, it is a spiritual law; it therefore has a “cause and effect” relationship.

Now, there are other kinds of “love,” and we will defer you to this link for their expanded definitions.

To conclude this short essay on God's definition of love… let us consider one of the most important Torah Scriptures that has been an eternal “anchor” in the soul of the Jewish people, it is called “the Shama” and in Hebrew thinking, it means to “hear attentively, to do, and to publish”;

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. [Deu 6:4-9 KJV]

Here is what Yeshua said as well:

29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. 31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. [Mar 12:29-31 KJV]

I hope you will understand the way YHWH defines “love.” The world has defrauded the meaning of love and cobbled up its meaning and caused serious damage to the implementation of real true love as God intended it to be absorbed into the mind and actions of people… that by the study of His Word and its true teaching of how we ought to live in relationship to a Holy God and to our fellow man. To “love God- YHWH,” is to seek to learn His ways and to faithfully obey His instructions for living (Torah).

What then do we take away from all this? First, lets look at what Yeshua said to the first of the seven churches in Revelation chapter 2:

4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. [Rev 2:4-5 KJV]

It is clear that our “first love” is of great importance, and unless we repent of forsaking it, it will be at great expense to our relationship with YHWH. Of course, the “love” here is the same “agape” (Greek Strongs #26) love as in the rest of this discussion… note carefully it is a love of “choice.” Since the very beginning YHWH has judged mankind on their “choices,” as clearly defined in Adam's fall from grace in his careless dealings with the Serpent [devil] in the garden (Gen chapter 3)… it was about disobedience and making the wrong choice. The “agape” love of choice is likewise what our relationship with YHWH is all about… it is about our “willingness” to “hear and obey.” Everything the Torah teaches us is about this “choice” dynamic that God has, for some reason, decided to establish as the “glue” that holds us together with Him. Please note that all the other kinds of “love” (as defined in the link noted above) are subservient to the “first love” of our “hear, do, and live” response to YHWH, as Deut 30:19 clearly informs us.

Now, one more link that we need to connect; the the "Loyal Love, lovingkindness," that YHWH has for His Children (believers): Note the Psalms expression of this...

7 How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. [Psa 36:7 KJV]

Now, because we are known to YHWH as “frames made of dust,” (Ps 103:14), and because of our failures as disobedient children, and because YHWH knows all about us and our helpless and hopeless condition… Because of His unfathomable love for us, He provided salvation to us in Yeshua, as the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. As the redeemed, save by grace through faith, it is very important for us to take YHWH seriously and get our lifestyles adjusted to His definition of “words” and what they mean and how we should adjust our opinions and thinking to live faithfully to His Torah and His Messiah, Yeshua… and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; this can be done if we are truly “sons of God, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom 8:1-14).