Scriptures on Love
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].
(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.
(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.
(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 . . .
(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 one’s 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.
(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.”
(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.
(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.
(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 Jesus’ bosom 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.
(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 Father’s, who sent Me.
(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. (10) If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s 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 one’s 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.
(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?”
(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].”
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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, 10
(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. (10) Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
(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.
(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. . . . 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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 head — Christ — (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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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, (3) in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
(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, 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 work’s 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.
(Be sound [wholesome] in love)
that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound [wholesome] in faith, in love, in patience.
(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.
(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.
(Consider one another to stir up love)
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.
(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.
(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.
(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?
(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, for “love 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 world’s 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. (12) No 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. . . .
(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.