Have you ever known the Love of God? Is it possible? Is it real? Have you ever fallen upon your knees, begging Jesus to save your child, your marriage, your wife?
Has He healed you of cancer, protected you in a car accident, or led you to a safe place? Has He provided medical help, a car, or a home?
For many who are Believers, who live lives devoted to following the leadership of Christ, in prayer and through the reading of the Word — these miracles are not unusual occurrences. Rather, they are what is to be expected. In their hearts and minds is the Love of God. And the Love of God is His Law. And the Law of God surpasses and is above all other law.
In the Gospel of Matthew 22, verse 37, a great debate is going on about the Law, between a Pharisaical lawyer and Jesus. Jesus tells the lawyer that the greatest commandment God gives is to love Him first, with everything we have within us—heart, soul, and mind.
This verse comes right out of the Old Testament as well, Deuteronomy 6:5:
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” ~Moses (NASB) This book and verse were written in Hebrew; the word for love is 'ahab—the definition includes the kind of love we should have for The Lord.(Strong’s #H157)
The word used for love in the New Testament is listed as an old Greek word, agapa? -- to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. (Strong’s #G25)
“And a second is like it, You shall love (agapa?) your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend (hang) all the law and the prophets.” ~Jesus (Matthew 22: 39-40, NOAB)
We are not told to love others more than ourselves. Neither are we told to love ourselves more than others. We are to love others as we love ourselves. As the Holy Spirit lives within the Believer, so does God’s love. When we express agapa? love to others, we are giving them God’s love.