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VerseD: John 13:35

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35, ESV

We may have disagreements within the Church, but we should still love each other, in Christ. This can help draw more people to Him.

VerseD: Proverbs 11:24

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Proverbs 11:24, ESV

Generosity often begets generosity.
Especially in matters of love and grace.
Do as our Lord has done and share His love and grace, growing in both.

VerseD: Matthew 5:44

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 5:44, ESV

Our hope in Christ pushes us to emulate Him, and, just like He prayed for and loved those persecuting Him, we win over others by praying for and showing love to those who despise us.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
1 Corinthians 13:4, ESV

It is easier to love this world when our hope and source of love are found in the One who first loved us. Knowing the world mistreated Jesus helps us be patient with those who do not understand what they are doing.

VerseD: Psalm 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100:4‭-‬5, ESV

Our God has done so much for us. He is good and faithful, and He has showered His love on us through Jesus by the Holy Spirit!
We have much to be thankful for.

VerseD: 1 John 4:19

We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19, ESV

This world mistreats us and at best does not care if we die.
This world killed our Lord, but He came willingly to die because He loves us.
Now, we show love to this world.

VerseD: Psalm 107:1

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 107:1, ESV

God has shown His love by cleansing us of all of our sin through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
We do not understand how grateful we should be, but we will have eternity to learn and give thanks!

VerseD: Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32, ESV

Christ is our example: if He can forgive we who gave Him the death penalty and spray in His face, how much should we love those around us, especially other Christians? It is the least we can do, by His power.

VerseD: 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18, ESV

Do we fear God? If we are still sinning intentionally, yes, because we may still be under His wrath. But by grace through faith, we are saved from His wrath because of His love, so we no longer have reason to fear His wrath or anything else in this world.

VerseD: Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Luke 6:35, ESV

Just as Christ gave up His life and served others – we humans who killed Him – we ought to serve others sacrificially,  even those who mistreat us.