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Faith, Hope, Love

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And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

This document is primarily a compilation of three previous documents composed by this website regarding faith, hope, and love.  Overall, there is little commentary regarding these three most significant aspects of Christianity; although, it should be noted that faith results in (brings forth) hope and hope results in (brings forth) love — the true reflection of God (1 John 4:8).

 

The preponderance of this document is reflected in its quotations of most of the relevant passages of Scripture regarding these three aspects of Christian doctrine.  It is suggested that the student of Scripture could well utilize the following in a comprehensive study of faith, hope, and love; applying the same to an all-inclusive doctrinal presentation.

 

Faith (Trust, Believe) Scriptures

A Selection of Passages Referring to Spirit-Salvation, with one Major Exception)

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Psalm 37:3, 5

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. . . . (5) Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

 

Psalm 40:4

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

 

Psalm 62:8

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

 

Psalm 115:9-11

O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. (10) O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. (11) You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

 

Psalm 118:8, 9

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (9) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

 

Psalm 125:1

A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

 

Proverbs 3:5, 6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; (6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

 

Isiah 57:13b

. . . But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain.

 

Jeremiah 17:5, 7

Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. . . . (7) Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.”

 

Mark 9:42

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

 

Luke 8:12

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

 

John 1:12

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

 

John 2:23

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.

 

John 3:14-18

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (15) that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  (16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  (18) He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

John 3:36

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

 

John 6:29

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

 

John 6:35

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes [by faith] to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

 

John 6:40

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

John 6:47

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

 

John 6:59

Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

John 7:38

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

 

John 8:24, 58

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. . . . (58) Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

 

John 9:35-38

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  (36) He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”  (37) And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”  (38) Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

 

John 10:37, 38

If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; (38) but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.

 

John 11:25-27

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  (26) And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  (27) She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

 

John 12:44, 45

Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  (45) And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.”

 

John 14:11

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

 

John 20:31

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

 

Acts 8:37

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

 

Acts 10:4

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.

 

Acts 11:17

If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God

 

Acts 14:23

So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

 

Acts 15:9

And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

 

Acts 16:31, 34

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” . . .  (34) Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

 

Acts 18:8

Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.

 

Acts 19:4

Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

 

Acts 20:21

Testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.

 

Romans 1:17

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith [an expression meaning completely, from first to last]; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (See Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 2:20; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)

 

Romans 3:21, 22

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, (22) even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (cf. 21-30)

 

Romans 4:3

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (See Romans 4:9, 11; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23)

 

Romans 4:5

But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

 

Romans 5:1, 2

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Romans 9:30

What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith.

 

Romans 10:8-11

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (9) that if you confess with your mouth [an expression confirming genuineness of action] the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart [reinforcing the fact that faith must be genuine] that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation [the natural outgrowth of an inward imputation of righteousness, which is solely by faith].  (11) For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

 

Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (cf. Galatians 3:2)

 

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

 

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

 

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (See Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)

 

Galatians 3:2

This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

 

Galatians 3:22

But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

 

Galatians 3:24

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

Ephesians 1:13

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

 

Ephesians 2:8, 9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

Philippians 3:9

And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

 

1 Timothy 1:16

However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

 

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh [confirmation of Christ’s deity], justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.

 

1 Timothy 4:10

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

 

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

 

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Hebrews 12:2a

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . . . .

 

James 2:14, 17, 21-26 (The Selection Referring to Soul-Salvation)

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? . . . (17) Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. . . . (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (22) Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (23) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. (24) You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. (25) Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? (26) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

1 Peter 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (5) who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

1 Peter 2:6

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

 

1 John 3:23

And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

 

1 John 5:1, 5

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. . . . (5) Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

1 John 5:13

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

 

   HOPE, another Look

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The word “hope” in the Old Testament conveys a couple of different meanings, depending on the Hebrew word from which it is translated.  The Hebrew word yachal primarily conveys “to patiently wait;” whereas the Hebrew words tiqvah and towcheleth convey an “expectation.”

 

In the New Testament there are two words translated “hope.” Seven of approximately fifty-eight passages utilize the Greek word elpizo [the verb form of elpis (a noun)], while the majority of passages utilize elpis.  Both primarily convey a “favorable and confident expectation, an eager anticipation of looking forward with assurance.”

 

A careful examination of the New Testament reveals that Christians are subject to and enjoy a distinct “hope,” to which they should eagerly, favorably, and confidently look forward to; and, should they do this, it will most favorably influence their lives to the saving of their souls (please see the first study pertaining to “hope” on www.bibleone.net regarding this issue).

 

The Enigma

 

It is mystifying how anyone is able to serenely enjoy life without a proper relationship with the Creator of the Universe, without the assurance of eternal life in accordance with His Word. 

 

Of course, this doesn’t appear to be such a factor with the young, primarily due to the absence of evidence that life will end, i.e., they see only their growth, not the awareness of an impending termination of temporal life, which increasingly becomes significant as one grows older.  Along with the accompanying loss of vitality coupled with an increase in various physical frailties, such awakens an individual to the reality that his life, as he has known it, will soon come to an end.

 

With a biblical-based hope, this reality can be a most welcomed event, one that is favorably and confidently expected, eagerly anticipated.  But without such a hope, only fear and anxiety can dominate.  It is both natural and universal “to want to live.”  Death, if associated with the unknown, is always distressing.

 

The Unbeliever

 

I think of the atheist, one who believes that there is no God, who believes that all that exists essentially came from “nothing.”  As I view all that is around me, from the microscopic particles composing all matter to the enormity of the Universe, with all the complexity, sophistication, interdependent structure, and organization that rules this vast array of existence, I often feel it would take more “faith” to believe that all of this sprang from “nothing,” than to understand it is the product of Intelligence and Design.  Simply examining a watch (time piece), with all its symbiotic parts, knowing that it only could have been created by a designer, should be enough to convert any atheist.

 

One thing the atheist, the agnostic and the non-Christian have in common — they all have “nothing” to look forward to upon their death.  Their future of nonexistence is empty, without any favorable and confident expectation.  They walk this world knowing for certain that this is all they have, a life without hope of any further existence.

 

The Believer

 

On the other hand, the believer in Jesus Christ, the one who has “passed from death to life” (John 5:24; Acts 16:30, 31; Ephesians 2:1, 8, 9), may avail himself of a very uplifting, exhilarating, and stimulating hope, spoken of throughout Scripture, but more predominantly in the New Testament.

 

Following is a compilation of a few passages mentioning hope within the Old Testament, followed by mostly the same within the New Testament.  One who studies these various passages, as they fit within God’s comprehensive plan of redemption for man throughout the entirety of the New Testament, will come to the realization that the Christian’s future hope is somewhat diverse and qualified, as follows:

 

1)      The one who has been saved through faith in Christ (i.e., the salvation of his spirit), but who fails to realize, pursue, and realize the salvation of his soul (culminating at the Judgment Seat of Christ), will not be able to experience the full scope of the hope intended for him, which is to say that he will not be able to co-reign as a coheir with Christ throughout His coming millennial (1,000 year) reign over this earth.  Though he will regain stature upon the conclusion of the Messianic Era and throughout the eternal ages that follow.

 

2)      On the other hand, the Christian who by faithfulness to Christ in this lifetime achieves the salvation of his soul will experience the full measure of the hope that awaits him, as a co-reigning coheir with Christ during the Millennium, and throughout the eternal ages that follow.

 

To adequately understand and appreciate all that is promised and is to come, please avail yourself of the following, which may be obtained at links on the homepage of the website www.bibleone.net : the books/studies:

 

Salvation of the Soul by Arlen L. Chitwood

 

Let Us Go On by Arlen L. Chitwood

 

Passages on Hope

 

Psalm 31:24

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

 

Psalm 33:18-22

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, (19) to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. (20) Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. (21) For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. (22) Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

 

Psalm 71:5

For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.

 

Psalm 119:81a, 114a, 116

KAPH. My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your Word. . . . (114) You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. . . . (116) Uphold me according to Your Word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.  

 

Psalm 130:5

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope.

 

Psalm 146:5

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.

 

Psalm 147:11

The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.

 

Proverbs 11:7

When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.

 

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

 

Lamentations 3:24

The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

 

Acts 23:6

But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

 

Acts 24:15

I [Paul] have hope in God . . . that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

 

Romans 5:1, 2

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Romans 8:18-25

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (20) For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; (21) because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (23) Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (24) For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? (25) But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

 

Romans 12:10a, 12a

Be . . . rejoicing in hope . . . .

 

Romans 15:4, 13

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. . . . (13) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

1 Corinthians 15:19, 22, 23

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. . . . (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (23) But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

 

Galatians 5:5

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

 

Ephesians 1:16-18

 [I] do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saint.

 

Ephesians 4:4

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.

 

Philippians 1:20a

according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed.

 

Colossians 1:5, 23, 27

because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. . . . (23) if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. . . . (27) To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:19

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8

But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

 

1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.

 

Titus 1:2a

in hope of eternal life . . . .

 

Titus 2:13

looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Titus 3:7

that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Hebrews 6:11

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end.

 

Hebrews 6:17-19a

Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, (18) that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. (19) This hope we have as an anchor of the soul . . . .

 

1 Peter 1:3-5, 13

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (5) who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. . . . (13) Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

1 Peter 3:15

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

 

1 John 3:2, 3

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (3) And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

 

Scriptures on Love

(New Testament)

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Koine (common) Greek, the language utilized by the human authors of the New Testament, contained four words that were utilized by the authors to convey different forms of love (and one not used), as follows: (1) phileo – affection of friends or kinsmen [26 times]; (2) philadelphia – love of the brethren [6 times]; (3) philanthropia – love for mankind [2 times]; and (4) agapao/agape – to have strong affection for someone or something, apart from any sexual desire [approximately 300 times].  The Koine Greek word erao or eros, meaning “sexual desire/passionate longing,” was never used in the New Testament.

 

The theological uses of “love” in the New Testament concern the love of (1) God to man, (2) man to God, and (3) man to man.  And although the usage would be the same in the Old Testament, this document will only concern itself with the New.

 

Matthew 5:43-46a, 48

(Love your enemies to enhance the relationship with God, for reward, and for maturity [Luke 6:27, 32, 36; Romans 12:14, 20; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 2:23; 3:9)

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” (44) But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? . . . (48) Therefore you shall be perfect [lit. complete, mature], just as your Father in heaven is perfect [complete].

 

Matthew 19:19b

(Love your neighbor as yourself [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; 1John 4:11])

. . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

Matthew 22:39b

(Love your neighbor as yourself, the second commandment [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:37; 1 John 4:11]])

. . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

Mark 12:31b

(Love your neighbor as yourself, the second commandment [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:33; Luke 10:37; 1 John 4:11])

. . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself . . .

 

Mark 12:33

(To properly love God and one’s neighbor as oneself is greater than sacrifice [1 Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8])

And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love ones neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

 

Luke 6:27a, 35

(Love your enemies for great reward and sonship of the Most High [Exodus 23:4; Proverbs 25:31; Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:20])

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies . . . . (35) But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

 

Luke 10:27

(Love your neighbor as yourself [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; 1 John 4:11)

So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

 

John 3:16

(God so loved the world by sending His only begotten Son [Romans 5:8, 1 John 3:16; 4:9, 10])

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

John 13:1

(Jesus loved His own who were in the world, to His physical end)

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

 

John 13:23 

(Jesus loved the disciple who was leaning on His bosom [chest] at His last supper [John 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20])

Now there was leaning on Jesusbosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

 

John 13:34, 35

(Christ’s new commandment to His disciples, to love one another as He had loved them [John 15:12, 17; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 23])

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

 

John 14:15

(To love Christ [God] is to keep His commandments [His Word] [John 14:21, 23, 24; 15:10, 14; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6])

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

 

John 14:21, 23, 24

(God loves and manifests Himself to those who love Him, those who have His commandments [His Word] and keeps them [John 14:15; 15:10, 14; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6])

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. . . .  (23) Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”(24) He who does not love Me does not keep My Words; and the Word which you hear is not Mine but the Fathers, who sent Me.

 

John 15:9-11

(How to abide in Christ’s love, the equivalent of the Father loving Christ, which will provide fullness of joy [John 13:34; 14:15; 15:10-14, 17; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6])

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. (10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love. (11) These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

 

 

John 15:12-14, 17

(Christ’s commandment to love one another;  His definition of “greater love [John 10:11, 15; 13:34, 35; Romans 5:7-8; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 16, 23])

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (13) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends. (14) You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. . . . (17) These things I command you, that you love one another.

 

John 19:26, 27

(The disciple whom Jesus loved was recognized by Him while on the cross [John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20])

When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” (27) Then He said to the disciple, Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

 

John 20:2

(Mary Magdalene on the first day of the week reported to Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved that Jesus’ body was missing from the tomb [John 13:23; 19:26; 21:7, 20])

Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

 

John 21:7, 20

(The disciple whom Jesus loved, after Jesus’ resurrection [John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2])

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. . . . (20) Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”

 

John 21:15-17

(Christ’s instructions to those who love Him regarding His lambs and sheep [Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:2-4])

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agapao] Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.” He said to him, “Feed [bosko] My lambs [arnion].” (16) He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agapao] Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.” He said to him, “Tend [poimaino] My sheep [probaton].” (17) He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [phileo] Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love [phileo] Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed [bosko] My sheep [probation].”

 

Romans 5:5

(Our hope is unfailing because the love of God was poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [2 Corinthians 1:22; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13, 14])

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

Romans 5:8

(God demonstrated His love for man by sacrificing His Son [John 3:16; 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:9, 10])

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Romans 8:28

(All things work together for good to those who love God [Romans 9:11, 23, 24; 2 Timothy 1:9])

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

Romans 8:35-39

(Nothing can separate Christians from God’s love in Christ)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Romans 9:3, 4a

(The ultimate expression of love for others [John 15:13; 1 John 3:16])

For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, (4) who are Israelites . . . .

 

Romans 12:9

(Love is not to be hypocritical as one hates evil [Psalm 34:14; 36:4; 97:10; Amos 5:15; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22; Philippians 2:3; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 2:17; 3:8; 5:5; 2 Peter 1:7])

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

 

Romans 12:10-21

(The nature of brotherly love [Philippians 2:1-4; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 2:17;

1 Thessalonians 4:9])

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (11) not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (12) rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (13) distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. (14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (16) Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. (17) Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. (18) If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (20) Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Romans 13:8-10

(Love is the fulfillment of the Law [Matthew 7:12; 22:37-40; Galatians 5:14, 22, 23;

1 Timothy 1:5; James 2:8])

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. (9) For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (10) Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9, 10, 12

(That which is prepared for and revealed by the Holy Spirit to those who love God [Psalm 31:19; Isaiah 64:4; Matthew 13:11; John 14:26; 16:13; 1 John 2:27])

But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. . . . (12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

 

1 Corinthians 8:1b-3

(The advantage of love for God over knowledge [Psalm 1:6; 37:18; Nahum 1:7; John 10:14, 27; 2 Timothy 2:19])

. . . We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. (2) And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. (3) But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-14:1a

(Love is greater than Faith and Hope, which Christians are to pursue [Proverbs 10:12; 1 Peter 4:8])

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (4) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; (5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; (6) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; (7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (8) Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. (11) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (12) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (13) And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (14:1a) Pursue love . . . .

 

1 Corinthians 16:14

(All is to be done with love [1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Peter 4:8])

Let all that you do be done with love.

 

2 Corinthians 2:6-8

(Paul urges the church in Corinth to reaffirm their love [Romans 14:1; 15:1; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:25; James 5:19, 20])

This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, (7) so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. (8) Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.

 

1 Corinthians 4:21

(Love is related to a spirit of gentleness)

What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

 

2 Corinthians 5:14, 15

(The love of Christ compels Christians to live for Him [Romans 5:15; 6:11-12; 14:7-8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:10; 1Peter 4:2])

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; (15) and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

 

2 Corinthians 8:24

(Christians should demonstrate their love)

Therefore show to them and before the churches the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.

 

Galatians 5:6

(In Christ all are one because it is by faith that works through love [1 Corinthians 7:19; Galatians 3:28; 6:15; Colossians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; James 2:18, 20, 22])

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

 

 

Galatians 5:13

(Christians are not to take advantage of their liberty but are to serve one another through love [1 Corinthians 8:9; 9:19; Galatians 6:2; 1 Peter 2:16; 2 Peter 2:19; Jude 1:4])

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

 

Galatians 5:14

(To love one’s neighbor is to fulfill the Law [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 7:12; 22:39, 40; Romans 13:8, 9; James 2:8])

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Galatians 5:22, 23

(The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, against which there is no law against love [John 15:2; Romans 15:14; 1Corinthians 13:7; Ephesians 5:9; Colossians 3:12; James 3:17; 1 Timothy 1:9])

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

Ephesians 1:3, 4

(God chose us to be holy before Him in love [Luke 1:73-75; Ephesians 2:10; 5:27; Colossians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Titus 2:12])

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

 

Ephesians 2:4-7

(God’s grace toward mankind is the product of His great love for mankind [Acts 15:11; Romans 5:6, 8, 10; 6:4-5; 10:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1, 7, 8; Colossians 2:12, 13; 3:1, 3; Titus 3:5])

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (6) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (7) that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

 

Ephesians 3:16-19

(To be rooted and grounded in love is to be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in the inner man, to have Christ dwell in one’s heart through faith, and to know the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God [John 1:16; 14:23; Romans 7:22; 9:23; 10:3, 11, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 1:7, 18, 23; 2:22; 6:10; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:11, 23, 27; 2:6, 7, 9, 10])

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — (19) to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

Ephesians 4:1, 2

(We are to walk worthy of our calling by bearing with one another in love [Acts 20:19; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 3:1; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10; 3:12, 13; 1Thessalonians 2:12; Philemon 1:1, 9])

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (2) with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.

 

Ephesians 4:13-16

(Our spiritual growth must involve speaking the truth in love in order for the body of Christ [the Church] to be edified in love [Isaiah 28:9; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 11:7; Romans 16:18; 1 Corinthians 14:20; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 1:22; 2:21; 4:25; Colossians 1:18, 28; 2:2, 19; 1 John 3:18])

Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, (15) but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist — (16) from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

Ephesians 5:2

(Walk in love as did Christ for us [Leviticus 1:9; John 13:34; 15:12; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Galatians 1:4; 2:20; Colossians 2:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 7:27; 9:14, 26; 10:10, 12; 1 John 3:11, 16, 23; 4:21])

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

 

Ephesians 5:25-28

(Christ and His sacrifice is the example of Christian love [John 3:5; 15:3; 17:17; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Galatians 1:4; 2:20; Ephesians 1:4; 5:2; Colossians 1:22; 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 5:6])

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, (26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

 

Ephesians 6:23

(Love and faith are co-partners [1 Thessalonians 3:6; 5:8])

Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Philippians 1:9-11

(Our love should abound in knowledge and all discernment so that we may be filled by the fruits of righteousness and achieve glory and praise of God in the Day of Christ [John 15:4-5, 8; Acts 24:16; Romans 2:18; 12:2; 1 Corinthians 1:8; Ephesians 1:12, 14; 2:10; 5:10; Colossians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13; 5:23; Philemon 1:6])

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

 

Philippians 2:1-4

(Characteristics of proper [comforting] love [John 3:29; Romans 12:10, 16; 15:5; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 10:24, 33; 13:5; 2 Corinthians 13:11, 14; Galatians 5:26; Ephesians 5:21; Collisions 3:12; Philippians 1:15, 16, 27; 3:16; 4:2; James 3:14; 1 Peter 3:8; 5:5])

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, (2) fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (3) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

Colossians 2:2, 3

(Christians’ hearts are to be knit together in love as they attain the knowledge of the mystery of God [1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:6, 7; 2 Corinthians 1:6; Ephesians 1:8; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 1:9; 29; 3:14])

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, (3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Colossians 3:14

(Putting on love is the bond of perfection [John 13:34; Romans 13:8; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Ephesians 4:3; 5:2; Colossians 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 3:23; 4:21])

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

(Christian’s earthly labor is to be one of love [Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:6; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10])

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (3) remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (4) knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.

 

1 Thessalonians 3:6a

(Love and faith are co-partners in the Christian life [Ephesians 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:8])

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love . . . .

 

1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13

(To increase and abound in love one to another will establish one’s heart blameless in holiness before God at the coming of Christ [1 Thessalonians 4:9-10; 2 Peter 1:7])

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, (13) so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints [angels].

 

1 Thessalonians 4:9

(Brotherly love’s is rooted in God’s instruction to love one another [Jeremiah 31:34; Matthew 22:39; John 6:45; 13:34; 14:26; 15:12; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:1; Hebrews 8:11; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 2:20, 27; 3:11, 23; 4:21])

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8

(The breastplate of faith is also of love, they are co-partners [Ephesians 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:6])

But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13a

(Those in the ministry should be esteemed very highly in love [1 Corinthians 16:18; Philippians 2:29; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7, 17])

And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, (13) and to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake. . . .

 

2 Thessalonians 1:3

(Christians are to love each other [1Thessalonians 1:2-3; 3:6, 9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13])

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.

 

1 Timothy 1:5

(Love must be from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith [1 John 3:23, Romans 13:8, 10; Galatians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:22])

Now the purpose of the commandment  is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

 

1 Timothy 1:14

(Love, as faith, are in Christ Jesus; they accompany grace [Luke 7:47; Romans 5:20; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Timothy 1:13])

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 

 

1 Timothy 4:12

(We are to be an example to believers in love, etc. [1 Corinthians 16:11; Titus 2:7, 15; 1 Peter 5:3])

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

1 Timothy 6:11

(We are to pursue love, among other qualities [Deuteronomy 33:1; 2 Timothy 2:22; 3:17])

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

 

2 Timothy 1:7

(God has given us a spirit of love, along with power and a sound mind [Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:15])

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

2 Timothy 1:13

(Hold doctrine in faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus [Romans 2:20; 6:17; 1 Timothy 1:10, 14; 6:3; 2 Timothy 2:2; 3:14; Titus 1:9; Hebrews 10:23; Revelation 2:25])

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Timothy 2:22

(Pursue love out of a pure heart [Acts 9:14; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:5; 4:12; 6:11])

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

2 Timothy 4:8

(The crown of righteousness will be awarded to those who love Christ appearing [1 Corinthians 9:25; 2 Timothy 1:12; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10])

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

 

Titus 2:2

(Be sound [wholesome] in love)

that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound [wholesome] in faith, in love, in patience.

 

Titus 3:4-7

(The result of the love of God our Savior toward us [John 3:3, 5; Romans 3:20; 9:11; 11:6; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:4, 8, 9; 5:26; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11; 1 Peter 3:21])

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, (5) not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, (6) whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Philemon 4, 5, 7

(Philemon, a Christian who demonstrated proper love [Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:3])

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, (5) hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints . . . (7) For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

 

Hebrews 6:10

(God will not forget one’s labor of love [1 Thessalonians 1:2-4])

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

Hebrews 10:24

(Consider one another to stir up love)

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.

 

Hebrews 13:1

(Let brotherly love continue [Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 2:17; 3:8; 4:8; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 3:11; 4:7, 20-21])

Let brotherly love continue.

 

James 1:12

(The crown of life will be awarded to those who love God, enduring temptation [Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:11, 12; Matthew 10:22; 19:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 9:25; 2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 12:5; James 2:5; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10; 3:1])

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

James 2:5

(God’s promise to those who love Him is to be heirs of the kingdom [Exodus 20:6; 1 Samuel 2:30; Proverbs 8:17; Matthew 5:3; Luke 6:20; 12:21, 32; John 7:48; 1 Corinthians 1:26, 28; 2:9; 1 Timothy 6:18; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; Revelation 2:9])

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

 

James 2:8

(The royal law is to love your neighbor as yourself; to do so is to do well [Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:8, 9; Galatians 5:14; 6:2])

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well.

 

1 Peter 1:6-9

(To love Christ will culminate in the salvation of the soul [1 Peter 1:22])

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, (7) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (8) whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, (9) receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your souls.

 

1 Peter 1:22

(Purifying the soul involves a sincere and fervent love of the brethren [Acts 15:9; Romans 12:9, 10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 2:17; 3:8; 4:8; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 3:18; 4:7, 21])

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

 

1 Peter 2:17a

(Love the brotherhood [Proverbs 24:21; Matthew 22:21; Romans 12:10; 13:7; Philippians 2:3; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:2])

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. . . .

 

1 Peter 3:8, 9

(To inherit a blessing one must love the brethren after the following manner [Proverbs 17:13; 20:22; Matthew 5:39; 25:34; Romans 12:10, 14, 16, 17; 15:5; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 3:16; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 2:17])

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; (9) not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

 

1 Peter 4:8

(Have fervent love for one another [Proverbs 10:12; 1 Corinthians 13:7; Colossians 3:14; Hebrews 13:1; James 5:20])

And above all things have fervent love for one another, forlove will cover a multitude of sins.”

 

1 Peter 5:14a

(Greet one another with a kiss [an expression] of love [Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; Ephesians 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:26])

Greet one another with a kiss of love. . . .

 

2 Peter 1:5-9

(Add love to your faith; its benefit [1Thessalonians 3:12; 5:15; 1 John 4:21])

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (6) to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

 

1 John 2:5a

(The love of God is perfected in the one who keeps God’s Word [John 14:21, 23; 1 John 4:12])

But whoever keeps His Word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. . . .

 

1 John 2:15

(If Christians love the things in the world, the love of God is not in them [Matthew 6:24; Romans 12:2; Galatians 1:10; James 4:4])

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

1 John 3:11

(The message from the beginning is to love one another [John 13:34; 15:12; 1 John 1:5; 2:27; 3:23; 4:7, 21; 2 John 1:5])

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 

1 John 3:14

(Loving the brethren demonstrates our passing from death to life; otherwise, not to do so demonstrates that we abide in death [John 2:9-11; 1 John 3:1])

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

 

1 John 3:16-18

(How we know the love of God, which is our example [Deuteronomy 15:7; Luke 3:11; John 3:16; 15:3; Romans 5:8; 12:9; Ephesians 5:2, 25; James 2:15, 16; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 4:9, 11, 20])

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (17) But whoever has this worlds goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

 

1 John 3:23

(The love content of His commandment [Matthew 22:39; John 6:29; 13:34, 35; 15:12; 17:3; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 2:8, 10; 3:11; 4:21])

And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

 

1 John 4:7-16

(God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him [1 John 2:5a])

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (8) He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (9) In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (10) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (12No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. (13) By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. (14) And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. (15) Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

 

1 John 4:20, 21

(He who loves God must love his brother also [Matthew 22:37, 39; John 13:34, 35; 15:12; 1 John 2:4; 3:17, 23; 4:12])

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  (21) And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

 

1 John 5:2, 3

(When we love God and keep His commandments, we love the children of God [Micah 6:8; Matthew 11:30; John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10; 16:33; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 John 3:9; 4:4, 15; 2 John 1:6])

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

 

2 John 5, 6

(Love is to walk according to His commandments [John 13:34; 15:12; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Timothy 1:5 ; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 2:7, 8; 3:11, 23;])

And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.  (6) This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

 

3 John 5, 6a

(Love is doing for others, brethren and strangers [1 John 3:16-18])

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, (6) who have borne witness of your love before the church. . . .

 

Revelation 2:19

(Christ knows of our love, etc. [Revelation 2:2])

I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.