A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
If you have read my previous article on this subject, you will remember that Messiah Yahusha and His apostles were very clear on the subject of loving one another and how it is the second most important commandment, coming directly after loving Yahuah. This time I want to talk a little about the very clear and specific instructions that Yahuah provided throughout Scripture about how exactly we are to love our neighbour.
Unfortunately, most believers are unaware that we are given quite detailed instructions on how to love one another – and the instructions are called the Torah! Many believe that “loving others” is a new concept that Yahusha introduced, putting the concept of general “love for ‘God’ and others” above the Law, or even cancelling the Law out with the Two Commands of Messiah.
Some of the most direct and simple instructions on how to actually, physically, actionably love others can be found in the Ten Commandments that most of us learnt about as children. Commandments 5-10 are all about what we should and shouldn’t do to others, so we’ll be looking at each of those individually, and then move on to some of the other less-known instructions from the Torah on how to love our neighbour.