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Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]?

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 ...
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Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?

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 ...
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Is doing good deeds for others of no ultimate use or not? 1 Corinthians 13:3 vs. Matthew 25:41-46

The messages of Paul & Jesus agree - Paul is building his case for why charity is essential. We could likewise ask if laying down one's life for the Christian cause is a good thing. Or, in the ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "laying to Boas feet" mean?

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 ...
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What is the opposite of Love?

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 ...
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Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]?

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 ...
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In Ephesians 3:17 are the saints becoming rooted and established or already rooted and established in love?

ἐρριζωμένοι καὶ τεθεμελιωμένοι (NA27) Rooted and grounded translate perfect, passive, participles (parsing verified with Logos Bible Software). Perfect tense usually signifies the continuing result ...
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Was Jesus’ commandment to "love enemies" (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?

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' ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "laying to Boas feet" mean?

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 ...
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What does "his love" mean in 1 John 4:12?

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 ...
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What does "his love" mean in 1 John 4:12?

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 ...
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What is the opposite of Love?

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 ...
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What gave Jesus certainty that the Pharisees didn’t love God? John 5:42

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 ...
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Did Jesus curse his enemies?

There is a difference between: a curse that hopes for bad things upon one's enemies bluntly explaining the consequences (eternal destruction, etc) of sin and a sinner's choice of they reject Jesus. ...
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John 21:15: "do you love me more than....?"

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, (...
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Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?

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 ...
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Deut 11: commanded to love?

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?. =================================================...
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Love outside of God?

"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 ...
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Translating αγαπε as "the way of love" in 1 Cor 14:1

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 ...
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What kind of 'women's love' is David reffering to in 2 Samuel 1:26?

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 ...
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What is the difference between "knowledge" in Ephesians 3:19 & "wisdom " in 1 Corinthians 1:30?

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’ (...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "laying to Boas feet" mean?

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 ...
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Did Paul have it backwards? Ephesians 5:33

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 ...
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( Romans 12:14 "14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do Not curse.") can stand side-by-side withOut contradicting the imprecatory scripture

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 ...
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In light of Proverbs 24:17 , how would we go about justifying or reasoning Psalm 54:5-7 claim of being satisfied with enemies' destruction?

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 ...
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What gave Jesus certainty that the Pharisees didn’t love God? John 5:42

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 ...
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