for this is the doctrine that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
This then is the commission we have from him, to declare unto you, that God is light, and in him there is no darkness.
and now, my lady, I beg our love may be mutual, since what I write, is no new prescription, but what was originally enjoin'd.
a new commandment I give unto you, "that ye love one another; that you would have the same love for one another as I have had for you."
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
besides, 'tis a commandment we have receiv'd from him, that he who would love God, must love his brother also.
for Christ loved us, and for us gave himself an offering and a sacrifice acceptable to God.
As to brotherly love, I have no occasion to write about it, God himself having instructed you to love one another.
such a charge will produce that charity, which arises from purity, from a good conscience, and a sincere belief:
You that have purified your souls by the holy spirit, in obeying the gospel, which obliges you to an undisguised benevolence, let your hearts be mutually affected with the most disinterested ardour;
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
but above all, let your mutual benevolence be intense, for benevolence cancels a multitude of offences.
My brethren, I don't prescribe you any new commandment, but the antient precept which you had from the beginning: and that is no other than the word which was originally delivered.