LOVE:

 

 

“In all your ways, know Him, and He will straighten your paths”. (Proverbs 3:6)

 

 

The only way to truly get to know and understand someone is through strengthening your love of them. The more we love Hashem, the straighter and clearer the path to Him will be.

 

 

“My soul thirsts for Hashem, for the living Hashem.” (Psalms 42:3)

 

 

Why is the word living Hashem added? It is enough to say, “My soul thirsts for Hashem.” It shows that someone with real love of someone, it’s never enough. They crave every moment with them. So must we love and crave Hashem.

 

 

“And you shall love Hashem your Hashem, with all your soul and with all your might”. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

 

 

Why does it say all your soul and might? Should it not say, “With all your soul and body”? Because, to do the mitzvos with ones physical body takes a tremendous amount of strength and love of Hashem.

 

 

“I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars that You have set in place. [I think] What is [frail] man that You should be mindful of him? (Psalms 8:4-5)

 

 

If Hashem is so high and great yet he cares for man, how much more so should we care of our fellow Jew when we are holding in the same place as him.

 

 

“Honor your father and mother”. (Exodus 20:12)

 

 

You can’t properly honor someone without loving them. Without true love of them, the honor you give them will lack completeness.  

 

 

“And you should love your fellowman as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)

 

 

You can’t love another if you do not love yourself. If you love yourself then you will love your fellow man because he is included within you.

 

 

“Do not envy the man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.” (Proverbs 3:31)

 

 

Envy and love are something that grows on a person. If some or something is not in the right way, turn away immediately. A person is effected very much by their surroundings and the company they keep.

 

 

“And He said to me: ‘You are my servant- Israel, in you I will be glorified.” (Yeshayahu 49:3)

 

 

Some servants do the will of their master because they have too. The Jewish nation serves Hashem out of love in order to glorify his name.

 

 

“You that cleave to Hashem, you Hashem, you are all alive today. (Deuteronomy 4:4)

 

 

If your love of Hashem isn’t strong, you are like a stone with no life inside it.

 

 

“What can I return to Hashem for all His loving-kindness to me?” (Psalms 116:12)

 

 

If only we recognized all the love and kindness Hashem gives to us. If we did, our only thought would be, “How can I return this good.”

 

 

“But as for me, the nearness of Hashem is my good.” (Psalms 73:28)

 

 

There is no greater feeling then being close to those that love you. Nobody in this world loves you as much as Hashem does.

           

 

“I asked one thing from Hashem; that I seek to dwell in Hashem’s house all the days of my life.” (Psalms 27:4)

 

 

There is only one thing someone wants to know from the one they love. It is, no matter what, through thick and thin, they will never leave you. This is the promise Hashem has given us. Even if we go away from Him, we will always be able to return home should we repent of our ways.

 

 

“The seed of Abraham, my lover”. (Isaiah 41:8)

 

 

Someone full of kindness to others must also have a tremendous love of Hashem.

 

 

“And Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey”. (Genesis 22:3)

 

 

How do you show someone you love them? You are there for them before they even need to ask you for assistance. Also, when helping them, you make sure they are satisfied beyond their needs. This was Abraham’s way, to do first and foremost not waiting till he was called upon.

 

 

“For Your sake we are killed all the day long.” (Psalms 44:23)

 

 

Elijah was love sick for Hashem. His love was so strong that Hashem had to constantly revive him as he would give his every strength to please his Creator. Someone who loves another has truly killed themselves as they are not living for themselves. You see the reward of such a person that loves Hashem? Elijah went by chariot while still alive to the heavens. 

 

 

“Make yourselves holy and be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44)

 

 

It is one thing to do holy things but to actually be holy and live a holy life is much more difficult. Hashem is saying here, be holy if you love Me and draw near Me, because, I am holy.

 

 

“For Israel was a youth and I loved him.” (Hosea 11:1)

 

 

If you love someone then that love should keep your actions and heart youthful. It is the youthfulness inside us that keeps us going.

 

 

“I have loved you, said Hashem.” (Malachi 1:2)

 

 

You might think that just because things are difficult that Hashem loves you less, the contrary, He loves you more.

 

 

“The lovers of the Hashem hate evil.” (Psalms 97:10)

 

 

If you find yourself embracing evil actions, you haven’t even begun to love Hashem.