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."
for Christ loved us, and for us gave himself an offering and a sacrifice acceptable to God.
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;
Above all I enjoin you, to love one another.
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.
now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us.
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.
that they all may be one, as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
so that if one member suffer, they all suffer with it: or if one be honoured, they partake of it.
for, brethren, you have been called to liberty. only abuse not this freedom as a pretext to vice, but in offices of love be as servants one to another.
may the Lord make you increase and abound in mutual love, in love towards all men, as we do towards you:
this is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.
in brotherly kindness be passionately affected to one another; in honour prefer one another:
Social affection is patient, is kind; is a stranger to envy; is not insolently vain, nor arrogant: does not behave indecently,
for in the christian-dispensation, neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but an active benevolent faith.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance:
therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good offices to all men, especially to the family of believers.
If then there be any christian consolation, any charitable relief, any communion of the spirit, if any tenderness of compassion,
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the affection you have to all christians;
be you therefore adorn'd with a compassionate temper, with benevolence, humility, meekness, patience as becometh saints and chosen favourites of God:
As to brotherly love, I have no occasion to write about it, God himself having instructed you to love one another.
We are oblig'd, my brethren, to render thanks to God continually upon your account, as it is but just; since your faith still improves, and your mutual love is always increasing.
If, agreeably to the scriptures, you observe that royal law, "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self," you do well.
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
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.
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
That ye love
- John 15:12
- John 17:21
- Romans 12:10
- 1 Corinthians 12:26
- 1 Corinthians 13:4
- Galatians 5:6
- Galatians 6:10
- Ephesians 5:2
- Philippians 2:1
- Colossians 1:4
- Colossians 3:12
- 1 Thessalonians 3:12
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9
- 2 Thessalonians 1:3