“My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” 1 John 3:18 (GNT)

WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE IN LOVE

“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us. If we love each other, God’s love has reached its goal. It is made perfect in us. We know that we live in God and God lives in us. We know this because God gave us his Spirit. We have seen that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. That is what we teach. If someone says, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God,” then God lives in him. And he lives in God. And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.” 1 John 4: 12-16 (ICB)

WE ARE CALLED TO TAKE COURAGE IN LOVE

“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgement Day-our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life-fear of death, fear of judgment-is one not yet fully formed in love.  We, though, are going to love-love and be loved.  First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.” 1 John 4:17-19 (MSG)

WE ARE CALLED TO BE RIGHT IN LOVE

“Here is the clear difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: those who do not do what is right or do not love others are not God’s children.  The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another. We must not be like Cain; he belonged to the Evil One and murdered his own brother Abel. Why did Cain murder him? Because the things he himself did were wrong, and the things his brother did were right.  So do not be surprised, my friends, if the people of the world hate you. We know that we have left death and come over into life; we know it because we love others. Those who do not love are still under the power of death. Those who hate are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life in them. This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for others! If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God?” 1 John 3:10-17 (GNT)

WE ARE CALLED TO ACT IN LOVE

“Remember how it was with you in the past. In those days, after God’s light had shone on you, you suffered many things, yet were not defeated by the struggle. You were at times publicly insulted and mistreated, and at other times you were ready to join those who were being treated in this way. You shared the sufferings of prisoners, and when all your belongings were seized, you endured your loss gladly, because you knew that you still possessed something much better, which would last forever. Do not lose your courage, then, because it brings with it a great reward. You need to  be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises.  For, as the scripture says, ‘Just a little while longer, and he who is coming will come; he will not delay. My righteous people, however, will believe and live; but if any of them turns back, I will not be pleased with them.’ We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:32-39 (GNT)

“I may give everything I have to feed the poor.  And I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing these things if I do not have love.  Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices over the truth.  Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong.  Love never ends.”1 Corinthians 13: 3-8 (ICB)

 

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