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Christians Commanded To Love

When Christians were commanded to love one another, were they admonished to love with one's heart or with one's mind?

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When Christians were commanded to love one another, were they admonished to love with one's heart or with one's mind?

---linda6546 on 6/11/05


Philippians 2:1 If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Philippians 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.
---francis on 12/4/11

hey to all i think it's both this is how i see it if God is in your heart a.k.a Love than eventually as we are daily born again Love grows by entering all areas of our lives. Witin our body, spirit, an soul wich also encludes our mind. Therefore i believe Love (Jesus), grows and removes all that stands in the way of us loving ourselves, and others. His Love is consuming, and in us. So the more we hang around Him, in prayer, the Word, an worship aand praise, the more we'll be like Him. In our hearts & mind
---jil on 11/27/11

To the question, we are commanded "Love your neighbor as yourself,"
could it be possible to Love ourselves without our mind or heart?
No, seems not possible so will answer that we also Love our neighbor
with our mind and with our heart.
---Nana on 11/28/07

The commandment clearly states "neighbor". I have seen that
commandment for the most, practiced as "Love your brother as
yourself", even just "brothers" in good standing only! But Jesus spoke
of this very thing Matthew 5:46: "For if ye love them which love you,
what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"
---Nana on 11/28/07

Neighbor really means all men, brothers included and we neccessarily
do not have to know them to Love them. Deuteronomy 10:19: "Love ye
therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Do
we sometimes forget that not loving our neighbor is an offense against
God? It is so.
---Nana on 11/28/07

Deuteronomy 10:14: "Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is
the LORD's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is." That includes
you, them and me too. Deuteronomy 10:18: "He doth execute the judgment
of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food
and raiment."
---Nana on 11/28/07

Christians were commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. We were commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind.

Love is an act of obedience, not an emotion we feel. It is something we deliberately do. When we act in obedience in love, we then feel good about the person to whom we are expressing it.
---Madison on 11/27/07

There are different types of love. I think God expects us to love others with what is know is phileo love. It is a choice we make out of the love we have for our God and His love for us. God has agape love for us. I dont think humans are even capable of agape love. There is also romantic love which is the worse, as far as I am concerned. It is conditional, unreliable and it hurts.
---robyn on 3/6/07

We are to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. If you don't love yourself in a well balance way, then you cannot love others. How can you love people if you hate yourself? It is impossible.
---catherine on 3/7/07

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Matt. 22:37 If we are made in the image of God then how should we love those he has created in His image?
---Yolanda on 3/6/07

We love with our mind. Our heart is an organ that pumps blood. Our thoughts, feelings,and emotions are in our mind which is in our brain. Thoughts lead to feelings and feelings lead to actions.
---Ulrika on 3/6/07

Taking into considerations Pierr7958's different "types of love" with the correction given by Ellen8479, and with Alan_of_UK's "secular meanings", Bruce5656's "1Corinthians 13", Barbara67's "theological meanings", and with the inputs of Elsie, Madison and Ulrika, I am now in a very good position to be able to answer my question. Thank you folks. All of you are acting like angels. God bless you all!
---linda6546 on 6/18/05

Pierr, AGAPE - God`s love, giving love, sacrificial love, not waiting anything from others. That`s much more than fileo (brotherly) love. That`s not romantic love. If you see Greek original text 1 John 4:8 "..Theos (God) is agape".
---Ellen8479 on 6/16/05

I don't think the question is about heart and mind but rather the type of love that is generally associated with them
There are three main types of ove:
EROS = sexual
AGAPE = romantic love
PHILEO = brothrly love
Since PHILADELPHIA is the city of brotherly love(note the prefix) my guess as far as the question is concerned is PHILEO/brotherly love.
---Pierr7958 on 6/16/05

#3 It is impportant that our understanding of Biblical love ... which encompasses willing duty, sacrifice, towards alll our neighbours, known oor unknown to us, is not confusesd with the secular love.

Both are valid, God expects us to have share and enjoy both, and they are not mutually exclusive, and although they are quite different, they coexist very easily.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/14/05

#2 In secular terms, loving with one's heart would be regarded as that love one has for one's partner, or the relationship with friends where a particular bond, of whatever sort, has been built up.

So, a romantic or emotional or personal love or friendship, which create bonds of duty.

I'm not sure that the Bible has a word to cover this sort of love.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/14/05

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#1 I wonder whether to look at the question by considering the secular meanings of the words?

I would say that loving with one's mind is the considered love we have for neighbours ... meaning the whole world, or "one another"

It should be unconditional, as was Jesus' love. So in biblical terms it would be "loving with one's heart"
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/14/05

The answer to your question is found in I Cor 13.

There you will find the scriptural description of what love really is. That is the love we are to show everyone.

You cannot love as God loves, as described there, with out risk. Count on it. As you show love to others, you WILL be hurt from time to time.

In this Jesus is our supreme example.

Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, Christ died for us."
---Bruce5656 on 6/13/05

Dear Linda, I love your open searching heart and I KNOW God does too! Blessings my dear on your spiritual journey with Jesus!
---Elsie on 6/13/05

Theology dictionary meaning of love

The benevolence and mercifulness of God toward mankind.
The adoration or devout affection of man toward God
The kindness & charitableness man should show toward others.

We love because He first loved us.

Heart - Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Rom5:5)

Mind - Philippians 2:1-4 & 5-11
---barbara67 on 6/13/05

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Ellen, I wish to say here that the responses that the bloggers gave me really helped me a lot in my christian walk. I used to download and print the exchange of ideas, study the verses and share them with the friends I have. I could even share each and everyone's ideas with the students that I am to handle soon. Thank you for the question.
---linda6546 on 6/13/05

Okay, Ellen, now I realized that answering your question busted my new identity. I am Bebeth or Bebet(the numbers I could not memorized yet). I used Bebeth when I asked in the blog "How to Draw Nearer to God" for reasons that the Blogers might have grown indifferent to the first two postings that I had with the Blogs. Their response really helped me. I used Bebet to be able to access CN Penpal Section again to be able to thank people who could not be accessed without entering the Penpal site.
---linda6546 on 6/13/05

Hello, Ellen: I was a member in the Penpal Section before.This is the ID that CN gave me.For some personal reason I removed my name from the section last June 2, 2005. I am a Christian like you. I have been blogging for a month now and you can see the different postings I have. I am asking the question because when one loves with the heart, one becomes very vulnerable. Is there way by which loving won't lead to hurting?
---linda6546 on 6/13/05

Thanks reminding me of Mat.22:37-39. I was wrong, we love with our heart, mind, and soul.
---Ulrika on 6/12/05

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God is love. If the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we let Him to be our Lord, He changes our thoughts and feelings. So we are able to love God`s love, that is sacrificial love. What about you? What is love for you? Who are you? If you are no longer a member here for a long time, do you use other name for your quaestions?
---Ellen8479 on 6/12/05

Hi Linda: In Matthew 22:37-39 "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.' " No one can say it better nor do it better than Jesus. Blessings!
---Elsie on 6/12/05

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