Let brotherly love always continue.
Now that, through your obedience to the truth, you have purified your souls for cherishing sincere brotherly love, you must love another heartily and fervently.
In conclusion, all of you should be of one mind, quick to sympathize, kind to the brethren, tenderhearted, lowly-minded,
along with power of endurance, godliness; along with godliness, brotherly affection; and along with brotherly affection, love.
A new commandment I give you, to love one another; that as I have loved you, you also may love one another.
And all the believers kept together, and had everything in common.
Among all those who had embraced the faith there was but one heart and soul, so that none of them claimed any of his possessions as his own, but everything they had was common property;
Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any importance; but only faith working through love.
You however, brethren, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an excuse for giving way to your lower natures; but become bondservants to one another in a spirit of love.
The Spirit, on the other hand, brings a harvest of love, joy, peace; patience towards others, kindness, benevolence;
And live and act lovingly, as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up to death on our behalf as an offering and sacrifice to God, yielding a fragrant odor.
If then I can appeal to you as the followers of Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love and any common sharing of the Spirit, or if you have any tender-heartedness and compassion, make my joy complete by being of one mind,
But on the subject of love for the brotherhood it is unnecessary for me to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another;
Unceasing thanks are due from us to God on your behalf, brethren. They are appropriate because your faith is growing greatly, and the love of every one of you for all the others goes on increasing.
For God is not unjust so that He is unmindful of your labour and of the love which you have manifested towards Himself in having rendered services to His people and in still rendering them.
And let us bestow thought on one another with a view to arousing one another to brotherly love and right conduct;
Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults.
Any one who professes to be in the light and yet hates his brother man is still in darkness.
By this we can distinguish God's children and the Devil's children: no one who fails to act righteously is a child of God, nor he who does not love his brother man.
And this is His command--that we are to believe in His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us to do.
Dear friends, let us love one another; for love has its origin in God, and every one who loves has become a child of God and is beginning to know God.
If any one says that he loves God, while he hates his brother man, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother man whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
And now, dear lady, I pray you--writing to you, as I do, not a new command, but the one which we have had from the very beginning--let us love one another.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
- Ephesians 4:3
- Ephesians 5:2
- Philippians 2:1
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9
- 2 Thessalonians 1:3
- 1 Peter 1:22
- 1 Peter 2:17
- 1 Peter 3:8