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What is Love?

written by Asher Intrater
December 20, 2013

The greatest commandment of scriptures is to love. If God commands us to love, it must be something that we have the ability to do, or not to do. It must be connected with our will. On the simplest level it could be called “good will” toward someone.

Luke 2:14 – “Good will toward men…”

To love someone is to want the best for them, to fulfill God’s destiny for their lives, and to receive eternal reward and blessing. God’s “good will” toward men is similar to “God so loved the world…” This of course is our motivation to share the gospel with others so they will saved and not punished (John 3:16).

On another level, love is a desire of a person’s soul to connect with someone else’s soul. The Hebrew word for fellowship and for friend means to be joined together.

I Samuel 18:1 – Jonathan’s soul was bound together with David’s soul, for Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

Notice the word “soul”. To have good will toward others is a spiritual love, and to desire to connect with someone is the love of the soul. We are called to love in both spirit and soul (Deuteronomy 6:5).

The early disciples were in one heart (spirit) when they prayed together (Acts 1:14). When they spent time together in food, fellowship, persecution and sharing, they became one soul as well (Acts 4:32). We can have good will toward all men in spirit, but we can only connect in soul with a smaller number. 

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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