We love because he loved us first.
The love consists not in our having loved God, but in his loving us and sending his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Therefore, I tell you, her sins, many as they are, are forgiven, for she has loved me so much. But the man with little to be forgiven loves me but little."
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that no one who believes in him should be lost, but that they should all have eternal life.
But what the Spirit produces is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
It was not you who chose me, it is I that have chosen you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit??ruit that shall be lasting, so that the Father may grant you whatever you ask him for as my followers.
It is Christ's love that controls me, for I have become convinced that as one has died for all, all have died,
We all lived among them once, indulging our physical cravings and obeying the impulses of our lower nature and its thoughts, and by nature we were doomed to God's wrath like other men.
For we ourselves were once without understanding, disobedient, deluded, enslaved to all kinds of passions and pleasures. Our minds were full of malice and envy. Men hated us and we hated one another.
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