Mat 22:39 … ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
He was expounding on the Levitical law which states:
Lev 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall certainly reprove your neighbor, and not allow sin on him.
1) to prove, decide, judge, rebuke, reprove, correct, be right
1a1) to decide, judge
1a2) to adjudge, appoint
1a3) to show to be right, prove
1a4) to convince, convict
1a5) to reprove, chide
1a6) to correct, rebuke
1b) (Hophal) to be chastened
1c) (Niphal) to reason, reason together
1d) (Hithpael) to argue
So why do we feel the need to lower God’s ethical demand in order to love people? I’m currently watching a video and the speaker is Robert Gagnon speaking about ” Love, the Bible, Homosexuality”. You can find that video HERE. It’s a lengthy video, but VERY good.
Love not in the person doing error, but the person. For the person God made, the error the person himself made. Augustine.