God's Word: Love

My son, do not discard the discipline of the Lord, and do not fall away when you are corrected by him. For whomever the Lord loves, he corrects, and just as a father does with a son, he wins him over. (Proverbs 3:11-12)

For whomever the Lord loves, he chastises. And every son whom he accepts, he scourges. Persevere in discipline. God presents you to himself as sons. But what son is there, whom his father does not correct? (Hebrews 12:6-7)

Blessed is the man whom God corrects; therefore, do not reject the chastisement of the Lord. For he wounds and he cures; he strikes and his hands will heal. He will deliver you into six tribulations, and in the seventh, evil will not touch you. During famine, he will rescue you from death, and during war, from the hand of the sword. (Job 5:17-20)

For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them: it is he who loves me. And whoever loves me shall be loved by my Father. And I will love him, and I will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9)

This is my precept: that you love one another, just as I have loved you. No one has a greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I instruct you. I will no longer call you servants, for the servant does not know what his Lord is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything whatsoever that I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you. You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. And I have appointed you, so that you may go forth and bear fruit, and so that your fruit may last. Then whatever you have asked of the Father in my name, he shall give to you. This I command you: that you love one another. (John 15:12-17)

Then who will separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation? Or anguish? Or famine? Or nakedness? Or peril? Or persecution? Or the sword? For it is as it has been written: “For your sake, we are being put to death all day long. We are being treated like sheep for the slaughter.” But in all these things we overcome, because of him who has loved us. For I am certain that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor the present things, nor the future things, nor strength, nor the heights, nor the depths, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

We know the love of God in this way: because he laid down his life for us. And so, we must lay down our lives for our brothers. Whoever possesses the goods of this world, and sees his brother to be in need, and yet closes his heart to him: in what way does the love of God abide in him? My little sons, let us not love in words only, but in works and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)

Most beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God. And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God. For God is love. The love of God was made apparent to us in this way: that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love: not as if we had loved God, but that he first loved us, and so he sent his Son as a propitiation for our sins. Most beloved, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:7-11)

And we have seen, and we testify, that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever has confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love. And he who abides in love, abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:14-16)


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