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.
for this is the doctrine that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
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."
this is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance:
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.
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;
but above all, let your mutual benevolence be intense, for benevolence cancels a multitude of offences.
to piety, fraternal affection: and to fraternal affection, universal benevolence.
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.
as for us, we know, that we have passed from a state of death to that of life, because we love our brethren: he that does not love his brother, is in a destructive state.
now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
if a man says he loves God, and yet hates his brother, he is a lyar: for he that does not love his brother, who is before his eyes, how can he love God who is invisible?