kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.
Against such things there is no law."
all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5
"I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my
supplications." Psalm 116:1
LOVE: The sense is probably to be prompt,
free, willing, from leaning, advancing, or drawing forward.]
1. In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on
account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of
gratification. We love a friend, on account of some qualities which give us
pleasure in his society. We love a man who has done us a favor; in which case,
gratitude enters into the composition of our affection. We love our parents and
our children, on account of their connection with us, and on account of many
qualities which please us. We love to retire to a cool shade in summer. We love
a warm room in winter. we love to hear an eloquent advocate. The christian loves
his Bible. In short, we love whatever gives us pleasure and delight, whether
animal or intellectual; and if our hearts are right, we love God above all
things, as the sum of all excellence and all the attributes which can
communicate happiness to intelligent beings. In other words, the christian loves
God with the love of complacency in his attributes, the love of benevolence
towards the interest of his kingdom, and the love of gratitude for favors
2. Courtship; chiefly in the phrase, to make love, that is, to
court; to woo; to solicit union in marriage.
and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them." 1 Kings 1:40
"And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers
with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up
the voice with joy. 1 Chron. 15:16
"Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with
perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king
also rejoiced with great joy." 1 Chron. 29:9
"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy,
because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee." Psalm 5:11
1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or
expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by
success, good fortune,the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by
a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation;
exhilaration of spirits.
2. A glorious and triumphant state.