Archive for the ‘ Love ’ Category

VerseD: 1 John 3:1

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1, ESV

Through Christ we are adopted into the family of God, for the Father sees His Son when He looks at believers. We know Him through the Holy Spirit who shows us the Son.

VerseD: 3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
3 John 1:2, ESV

We should encourage each other and lift each other up.

Especially, we should encourage each other to strengthen our souls through reading Scripture, prayer, and communal worship.

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

When found in Christ, we are no longer condemned. The fear of punishment is gone.

We should still tremble before a mighty God, but our fear should transform into not wanting to disappoint our loving God who first loved us.

VerseD: Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21, ESV

How many ways can it be said?

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Love your enemies.

If your brother sins against you, forgive him.

VerseD: 1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV

Christ’s love literally covers our sins.

We can love others enough to see past their sins and see the image of God within them.

VerseD: 1 John 4:19

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

Everything we do should come out of the knowledge that God loves us, as so beautifully and horribly demonstrated through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Our desire should be to live that way because He did and does.

VerseD: Luke 6:27-28

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luke 6:27‭-‬28, ESV

Vengeance belongs to the Lord. Also, it is easier to share the gospel with others when they see us loving those who mistreat us.