Song of Solomon 2:4 He has brought me to his banquet hall,
And his banner over me is love.
LOVING OTHERS FIRST BEGINS WITH LOVING GOD.
Romans 5:5 The love of god has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
1 Pet 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (IT’S IN OUR DNA)
1 Cor 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails;
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us
James 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
John 13:34-35 “Love one another as I have loved you”
THE LOVE OF GOD GIVES, THE LOVE OF GOD MOVES, THE LOVE OF GOD CAUSES US TO REACH OUT AND HELP.
1 Cor 13:8 “It cannot fail”
HUMAN LOVE CAN FAIL!
Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
YOUR FAITH WON’T WORK IF YOU CAN’T WALK IN LOVE.
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
2 Cor 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Gal 2:20… The life I live I live by faith…
1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
LOVE “AGAPE” IS NOT EMOTION… IT’S DEMONSTRATED IN GIVING.
WHEN YOU HAVE FEELINGS OF LOVE “AGAPE” THEY ARE NOT FLESHLY, “SOULISH”… THEY ARE SPIRITUAL.
THE LOVE OF GOD IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AND IT IS IN US. Gal 5:22
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP IT? YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE IT.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
Matt 5:43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.