to all this add love, which is the band of perfect union:
endeavouring to preserve the spiritual union by your affectionate attachment to one another.
For tho' I should speak with the eloquence of men, and of angels, and not have social affection, I should be like sounding brass, or a noisy cymbal.
for Christ loved us, and for us gave himself an offering and a sacrifice acceptable to God.
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.
I in them, and thou in me, that they may have a perfect union, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Owe no man any thing, but mutual love: for he that
according as he had chosen us in himself before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, free from vice, and devoted to virtue.
that their hearts might be comforted, and that being firmly united in love, they might possess the highest and fullest persuasion of the truth of this doctrine, by entring into this mystery, even of God the father, and of Christ,
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:
Therefore omitting for the present the principles of the christian doctrine, we shall proceed to something more sublime, without mentioning those fundamental articles of repentance from destructive vices, and of divine faith:
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.
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.
besides, 'tis a commandment we have receiv'd from him, that he who would love God, must love his brother also.