Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Biblical Thoughts on Love

Since Valentine’s Day is in February, it seemed fitting to have look at love. 

However, it is hard to just choose one passage on love. 
1 John 3:16-18, 1 John 4:7-5:5, and many other fitting passages. 

The Bible reminds us that without love, we are nothing despite our accomplishments.  (1 Corinthians 13)

It informs us that God first loved us and calls us His children (John 3:16 and 1 John 3:1). 

The Bible teaches us that love is self-sacrificial, active, and relational (1 John 3:16-18). 

Love comes from God and so we should love each other (1 John 4:7-5:5). 

We should we love God's children by loving God and carrying out His commands (1 John 4:7-5:5). 

It's not surprising that we love a God who is pure, holy, compassionate, merciful, and just. It is surprising that God loves us, sinners though we are (1 John 4:7-5:5).

Love should characterize our interactions with each other and with non-believers. 

Then when we are asked why we are doing something, we can reply, God loves you (John 3:16), Jesus loves you (John 15:12-17), and I love you (John 13:34-35).

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