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THE LOVE IMPERATIVE! VERSES

A description of God's love for us:

I John 4:8,16 – "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love….."And we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever loves lives in God, and God in him."

John 3:16 – "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

I Peter 1:18,19 – "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."

I Timothy 1:13-17 – "Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.  The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners---of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who could believe on him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."

Romans 5:8 –"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

I John 4:9,10 – "This how God showed his love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

II Chronicles 33:2-6,19 – "He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.  He built the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles.  He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.  He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord has said, 'My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.  In both courts of the temple of the lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts.  He sacrificed his sons in the fire of the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists.  He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger…………. The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.  So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.  In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.  And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God"

Romans 8:31-39(8:31) "What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?"  (8:32) "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all---how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (8:33,34) "Who will bring any charge against those whom God justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died----more than that, who was raised to life---is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (8:35-39) "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I John 2:1,2 – "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense---Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."

I John 4:18 – "There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

Romans 8:31) "What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Romans 8:32  "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all---how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:33,34 "Who will bring any charge against those whom God justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died----more than that, who was raised to life---is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."

I John 2:1,2 – "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense---Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."

I John 4:18 – "There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

Romans 8:35-39 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Our imperative to love God (Matt 22:37,38)

I John 2:5,6 – "But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did."

I John 5:3 – "This is love for God: to obey his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome,"

John 14:15 – "If you love me, you will obey what I command."

Psalm 119:10,11,18,20,40, 97-100, 103 – "I see you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden you word in my heart that I might not sin against you….Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law….My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times…..How I long for your precepts!  Preserve my life in your righteousness…..Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long.  Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.  I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statues.  I have more understanding than the elders for I obey your precepts."

I John 2:15-17 – "Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world---the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does---comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

Matthew 10:37 – "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

James 4:4,5 – "You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?"

I John 4:20,21 – "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."

Romans 1:14 – "I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish."

Our imperative to love each other (Matt 22:39,40)

I John 1:5 – "This is the message we have heard and from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."

I John 2:9-11 – "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.  Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and he walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded him."

I John 3:16-18 – "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."

I John 4:7-12 – "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since Go so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

I John 4:19-21 – "We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, 'I love God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."

Ephesians 4:31-5:2 – "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every from of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Matthew 18:21-35 – "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  Up to seven times?  Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.  The servant fell on his knees before him.  'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.  The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.  But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.  He grabbed him and began to choke him.  'Pay back what you owe me!'  He demanded.  His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him.  'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'  But he refused.  Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.  Then the master called the servant, he said, 'I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'  In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  This is how my heavenly Father will treat each or you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

Matthew 5:43-48 – "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even the pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Romans 12:17-21 – "Do not repay evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:  'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord.  On the contrary: 'If your enemy is hungry is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.'  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

John 13:34 – "A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Ephesians 3:14-21 – "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge---that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen."

I Corinthians 13:4-8a – "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."

I Corinthians 13:1-3 – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."

John 21:5-19 – "When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you truly [devotedly] love me more than these?'  'Yes, Lord,' he said, 'you know that I [affectionately] love you.'  Jesus said, 'Feed my lambs.'  Again Jesus said, 'Simon son of John, do you truly [devotedly] love me?'  He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I [affectionately] love you.'  Jesus said, 'Take care of my sheep.'  The third time he said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you [affectionately] love me?'  Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, 'Do you love me?'  He said, 'Lord, you know all things; you that I [affectionately] love you.'  Jesus said, 'feed my sheep.  I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.'  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  Then he said to him, 'Follow me!'"