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Jesus thy name is love

 

What is love?

 

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous;

Love does not brag and is not arrogant,

Does not act unbecomingly;

It does not seek its own, is not provoked,

Does not take into an account a wrong suffered,

Does not rejoice in unrighteousness,

But rejoices with the truth;

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

(1 Corinthians 13: 4- 8)

 

What is the nature of God?

God is love (1 John 4: 8)

God is light (1 John 1: 5)

His love doe not compromise His righteousness; neither does His righteousness compromise His love.  In giving His Son to die for us He expressed love for us, yet maintained His righteousness by graciously accepting the death of His Son as payment for the penalty of our sins.  How great are His ways and past finding out.  Glory and honor to God!

 

What is the greatest love one can have?

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command you (John 15: 13, 14)

 

Why do we love?

We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4: 19)

 

What is the greatest good?

But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love      (1 Corinthians 13: 13)

 

What is the more excellent was?

Love (1 Corinthians 12: 31-13: 13)

 

What is the great commandment?

And he said to him, “you shall love your God with all your heart. And with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  This is the great and foremost commandment  The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 22: 37-40

 

What is the end (goal) of the commandment?

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1: 5)

 

What is the royal law and the law of liberty?

If, however,  you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well (James 2: 8)

So speak  and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.  For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2: 12, 13)

 

What is the relationship between love and faith?

And if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13: 3)

 

What is the relationship between knowledge and love?

And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge------but do not have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13: 2)

 

What is the relationship between obedience and love?

And if I give all my possession to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing (1 Corinthians 13: 3)

 

How can we, who are not under law, fulfill the righteousness of the law?

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5: 14)

 

What is our motivation?

If you love Me, you will keep my commandments (John 14: 15)

 

What is the relationship of love to fear?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love (1John 4: 18)

 

What are the thee words and expression of love in the Koine Greek?

Agape- the highest form

Phileo- brotherly love

Eros- sexual or erotic love

Agape love is the highest form of love.  It is an unconditional love that expects nothing in return.

 

What is the power of God to salvation?

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1: 16)

 

How does God draw us to Him?

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died (2 Corinthians 5: 14)

 

Is love a warm fuzzy feeling toward other?

If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed, and be filled,” and yet you do not give what is necessary for their body, what use is that (James 2: 15, 16)?

 

Conclusion:

The preeminence and centrality of love is attested by Scriptures.  Conversely the notion that salvation could be by faith alone is ludicrous and misguided.

 

God bless

Arland  Pafford  

 

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Last Update   09/26/12