Love – The foundation stone of the Bible

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

The foundation stone of the Bible: וְאָהַבְתָּ v’ahavta- ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love is not a tangible that it may be numbered, weighed, or submitted to scientific experiment or scrutiny. Love is not only an abstraction or a brief appetite for sexual satisfaction, nor is it a mere feeling that can evaporate like a fog at the first appearance of heat, but love is something that can weather the storms of life and death, of differences of opinion, rising above all opposition, true love, which as a verb, is not dissolved by being tested in the crucible of crisis. ‘love is as strong as death.’

1 Corinthians 13

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another” Yeshua