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Marriage isn't 50-50. It's both parties giving 100%. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs addresses the differences in the commands extensively in his book Love and Respect and on his website, most recently in a September 4 blogpost. This verse doesn't mean that women don't have to love and men don't have to be subject to their wives. Paul was giving instructions about ...


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Let's take both scriptures and look at them. Jn 15:13: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. Mt 5:44,46-47: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [..] If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only ...


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What does the Gesture of “uncovering feet” and “laying to Boas feet” mean? What exactly does that gesture mean in that time and age? According to the footnotes, Ruth 3:4 NET Bible, the actions of Ruth constitute a marriage proposal,which read. While Ruth and Boaz did not actually have a sexual encounter at the threshing floor, there is no doubt that Ruth’...


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The opposite of love is selfishness:  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more ...


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Another perspective on this issue: why should Paul have counselled "love" in each of the three cases of domestic relationship in Colossians 3:18-20 (wives to husbands, husbands to wives, children to parents)? The question assumes that this disposition -- certainly a norm in modern western nuclear families -- is also the default social configuration in Greco-...


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ἐρριζωμένοι καὶ τεθεμελιωμένοι (NA27) Rooted and grounded translate perfect, passive, participles (parsing verified with Logos Bible Software). Perfect tense usually signifies the continuing result of a completed action. The picture here appears to be a plant with its roots already in the ground, but those roots are growing and getting stronger. Thus, if ...


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I just think someone should mention that earlier, more traditional, translations add the word "my" in front of love, interpreting this as referring to the beloved rather than to the abstract concept of love. The KJV, ASV, and NASB all do this. KJV: "I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, ...


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There are two questions here. One is on the 'literalism' of the text. The other is contingent on the first but stands alone as something like, "Jesus wasn't God, was he?" First question, yes. Jesus' teachings in the "Sermon on the Mount" section (5:1-7:23) are not parable nor are they allegorical. The trouble is in the definitions. So, if I may, I think it ...


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Initially, your question perplexed me. After delving into this beautiful love story I was still none the wiser. Why uncover his feet? Was there some significance about this single act? Four hours later, after immersing myself in this story, I gave up. There was no obvious explanation to be found in the Bible. However, I think I should share with you ...


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The concept of God being "in us" and we being "in God" or "in Jesus" is frequent in the NT. here is a sample: John 14:20 - On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. John 15:4, 5 - Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in ...


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This NT passage in 1 John 4 (7-12) is a beautiful reflection on love. The words bring to mind a circle of love that begins with God. God is love and the source of love: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love – vv 7-8 Love ...


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For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. [1 John 3:13 KJV] Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from ...


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Jesus provided several statements that help us understand what it means to love God. (It's a fair question, what can you do for someone who has everything?) John 14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments Note that this would incorporate Leviticus 19:18, which includes the command: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself And Matthew 25:40: And the King ...


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An initial approach might be to survey other occurrences of the comparative "more" followed by a genitive. I'll start by introducing a notation to help compare structures, using (A, B, C) for people, (X, Y) for things, V for a verb and > for "more than": Do you love me more than you love these things? A loves me more than A loves X: AVC > AVX Do you ...


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The problem is that John 15:13 is out of context. If you look at it in context, what is Jesus talking about? His fellowship with one another. NASB Translation: Note, this is shortly before he even lays down his own life for them at the cross. 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one ...


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"Loving one another" which may be possible because man was created in the image of God and God is love, fails to consider two important elements of the passage: "God is love" is repeated. The first addresses the negative condition (not loving). The second addresses the positive condition (loving). The passage includes a definition of ...


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A literal translation of 1 Cor 14:1 would be "pursue love", as there is nothing that corresponds to the English "way" in the Greek, which would be οδος. Although there does not appear to be any textual justification for translating τὴν ἀγάπην as "the way of love", there might be some contextual justification. The statement "pursue love", divorced from ...


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I am answering the astute question at the end of the OP, namely : If I have no desire or feelings toward God, how can I "turn that on" by command?. ================================================================== Jesus states the 'first and great commandment' as follows : Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, ...


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There is a general pattern in David's writing and that of his contemporary biographers - David appears to have never been all that close to any of his wives - he loves them for a while but then it wanes and he has another wife. There is a simple evidence for this - David had so many wives - David was married to Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacha, Haggith, Abital, ...


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I have an NIV Study Bible and an NIV Interlinear by William D. Mounce from which I have found a few helpful comments to shed light on the meaning of the Greek word ‘gnosis’ translated as ‘knowledge’ (which appears in Ephesians 3:19) and the Greek word ‘sophia’ translated as ‘wisdom’ (which appears in 1 Corinthians 1:30). NIV: Ephesians 3:19 – And to know ...


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The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary correctly observes: Boaz probably slept upon a mat or skin; Ruth lay crosswise at his feet—a position in which Eastern servants frequently sleep in the same chamber or tent with their master; and if they want a covering, custom allows them that benefit from part of the covering on their master's bed. ...


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i think you answered it, about what comes natural. That women want to love, and have less problem with loving, so they're reminded to submit. And men have less problem being the head, so they're reminded to love. Meaning women (as anyone) may be reluctant to submit, and men may lack in displaying love to their wives.


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For answering this question one needs to first establish axiom on God. The axiom is that God is Creator of all humans and loves all humans, the bearers of His image and likeness and thus, He also wants "all to be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). He loves also sinners and awaits in His long-suffering for their repentance (I ...


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The Bible bans the practice of triumphalism in places like Obad 1:12, Prov 24:17. This is further strengthened by other statements that say something like, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord", eg, Heb 10:30, Rom 12:19, Deut 32:35, etc. The Bible also contains many prayers asking that other do not gloat when we fall, eg, Obad 1:13, ...


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What gave Jesus certainty that the Pharisees didn’t love God? John 5:42 What does it mean to love God? Look at the example of a son and his father. The son wants the acceptance of his father, so what does the son do? If the father gives the son a task to finish, the son finishes the task to the best of his abilities. But why? Because the son loves his father ...


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St. Paul is distinguishing between keeping law as some legal matter, and keeping the law as naturally flowing out of love. This what is meant by "writing the Law on" our "hearts," as noted by @Adam: Jeremiah 31:31-33 Behold the days shall come, saith the Lord, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of ...


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