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2. What is Love?

Jesus says there is just one 'commandment', which is “love another person as yourself”. This commandment is an old one which is known from the beginning of time and 'fulfills' the whole law. Jesus even layed his life down for his friends.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you keep my commandments. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:12-15)

…remember that you have been called to live in freedom - but not a freedom that gives free rein to the flesh. Out of love, place yourselves at one another's service. The whole law has found its fulfillment in this one saying: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians. 5:13-14)

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:9-12)

The apostle Paul said in the text below, even if I have everything in the world, every power, all knowledge, etc, but I have not love, what is it all worth? I then have nothing at all

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7) · Last modified: 2020/07/19 16:14 by yyjh9p