Thursday, April 28, 2016

God's Love...and Ours

From time to time we are going to be looking at Bible topics, especially to see what the Scriptures say about them.  There will be little or no comments made, and you are encouraged to just read the verses and let the word of God speak to you.  This weekend, I hope you come back several times and read each verse, then spend some time in prayer, asking God to further reveal His truth on these topics.  We are starting with the subject of LOVE.

The Bible view of love:  Read 1 Corinthians 13.  Pay close attention to verses 4-8. 

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. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

God's love for us:

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 8:37-39  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8  But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 3:1  See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Our Love for each other:

Ephesians 4:2 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 1:22  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
Galatians 5:13  For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

These are intended as a springboard for you to search for other verses that will teach about love. Have a great weekend. God bless your studies.


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