Part One -
I'm afraid I am still in the dark about what the Bible says, though I can imagine of course. I know what my human feelings are but, I wanted verses so here I am on a quest through the scripture.
I thought a good place to begin would be the "Golden Rule". As I went into my "Where to find it in the Bible" study book the first verse listed was in Leviticus. What surprised me was how many times the Golden Rule was re-versed throughout the Bible. It shouldn't have been a surprise, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is also Mercy to those who show mercy, Returning good for evil, turning the other cheek...so the Golden Rule is running throughout the Old and New Testaments in numerous verses. (Duh! to me)
I started at the beginning Leviticus 19:18 which led me of course, to my "Bible Dictionary" History of the Books section.
Leviticus, is the book that contains the laws respecting religion and ceremonial ordinances which were committed to the tribe of "Levi" through Aaron and his sons. This all is follow through from the book of Exodus the "Let My People Go" book. The Historical account of when God through Moses, led His people from the bondage of the Pharaoh in Egypt. God now had to show His people the way He wanted them to live, He made laws, many more than just the Ten Commandments.
Reading more about Leviticus I discover that "all the sacrifices commanded taught the great lesson that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; and all of the sacrificial laws pointed to Him (Christ) who was to appear in the end of the world" They were not about the ridding of guilt or sin, not about payment or tithe, they were symbolic of giving the greatest thing you could of yourself as God would do when He gave His only son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for us. That would be the greatest love ever known.
Leviticus is the third of the five books of the Torah, the "teaching books" , Genesis through Deuteronomy. One of the three sections of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible).
OK, I wandered didn't I! Oh yea! love, Golden Rule.
The GR as it echos throughout the Holy Bible, makes a statement in itself through the reverberating factor, that it's obviously a big lesson for us, it doesn't take a load of bricks falling on my head to make that clear.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" that's definitely love, love of God and for God, love of mankind, love of ourselves. That's a direct commandment of God spoken by Christ Himself in Matthew 7:12 but I still want to know about that love that we as humans are given and expected to give when we are bound together in earthly families. You know, husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, child etc. That's a different love. I don't know if it should be or not but I am being honest in admitting that it is. It's a different love than I feel for my neighbor or a stranger that needs help.
So sacrificing, giving the best you have to give, at the very time you don't think you have it to give, giving beyond what your mind tells you, giving with your heart "that's love". And often unheard of in families which brings me back to Family Love and Priorities.
I can see this is going to take me a while because of the way I delve and process information so, I'm just going to go back to the top and call this "part one" as I continue this little journey through the scriptures looking to learn more about family love. I'll get there, it just takes me a while.