Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Love is our primacy

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30, 31)

Love must be sincere. (Romans 12:9)

Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17, 18)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34, 35)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8, 10)

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (Matthew 5:46)

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. (Luke 6:27)

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

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