HESED – חֶסֶד (chesed) – Hebrew word for steadfast & loyal love, lovingkindness, or mercy.
This word is used over 250 times in the Old Testament & refers to:
– people loving others: it is “loyalty that leads to action”
– people loving God: “Those in relationship with God should respond with love toward Him and others, but when they fail, He will restore that relationship”
– God’s loving us: it “protects and sustains life,” “is enduring and eternal,” & “lays a foundation for His covenental promises”Above from The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Although we as people fail, God’s love is everlasting, faithful, & unfailing. Ultimately, God showed us this HESED love when Jesus Christ died on the cross (taking on our sins & punishment, providing salvation for those with faith in Him). His loyal, sacrificial love should cause an outflow of loyal love from believers — both in respose to God & to others. I believe yoga should be ROOTED in God’s HESED love for us, GROUNDED in God’s Word, & PREPARING us to show HESED love to our neighbors.