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12/20/2015 ~ Love


             Love is the light of life.
Without light, there is no love.
Love is what radiates all truth.
            
     Love involves a condition of trust.
Love reveals the deepest part of a soul.
  Love associates with a desire to be close.  
    


  
Love engages an undivided attention often accompanied
with the innocent joy of laughter. There is an enduring
youthful exuberance to love. Such is the thrill of love.


  

I love those who love me, And those who seek me
diligently will find me. ~ Proverbs 8:17


Love is best served on a two way street
where the intersection meets in agreement.


This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. ...
~ 2nd John 1:6


True love is humbled by God in desire to be in service to Him.

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

For the love of God one yearns to be close, pleasing Him.

... My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. ...
~ John 14:21


The fulfillment of a heart can only find solace in obeying the Lordís will.

But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
~ 1st Corinthians 8:3


God sees all hearts especially those that submit to Him in love.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8


Godís love is exposed in His sacrifice to redeem us in His purity.

... let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
~ 1st John 3:18


God looks for genuine hearts in the actions of love.

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God
is perfected in him. ... ~ 1st John 2:5


The light of a heart brightens when commitment in Him is sure.

... Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God,
nor is he who does not love his brother. ~ 1st John 3:10


A true heart shines shamelessly in pursuit of His example of love.

... The LORD loves the righteous. ~ Psalm 146:8

For those that obey the Lord inherit the flow of His love.

The desire of the righteous is only good, ... ~ Proverbs 11:23

The closer to God brings the goodness of a soul to rise.

A righteous man regards the life of his animal, ... ~ Proverbs 12:10

Righteousness is a cherishing of life for the life that is.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, ... ~ Romans 10:10

Through oneís deepest of thoughts
comes what is spoken from the heart.


Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; ...
~ 1st John 4:7-8


To know love is the reason of life and living for
a higher cause beyond self opens a heart.


... 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. ~ 1st John 4:9-10


To live through the love of God is the greatest a soul can achieve.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, ... ~ Colossians 1:13


His love lifts us to eternity where He lives.

... If we love one another, God abides in us,
and His love has been perfected in us. ~ 1st John 4:11-12


Love reflects the true nature of God and to love is to be free of hate.

... Love the brotherhood. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:17

To love one another uncontemptuously is the challenge of the ages.

... God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God,
and God in him. ... ~ 1st John 4:16-17


Belief in Godís love for us deliverers a sure heart to know eternity waits.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment. ... ~ 1st John 4:18-19


Peaceful love can take pause in times of great sacrifice and
suffering before it settles in His overwhelming healing light.
He trusts that we may find Him and become whole in that He is.


But above all these things put on love,
which is the bond of perfection. ~ Colossians 3:14


Perfection can only be had by love brilliantly purging the darkness.

... he who loves God must love his brother also.
~ 1st John 4:20-21


Love is transparent and holds no animosity.

"... you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
~ John 13:34-35


To be of God, love must be the scepter of oneís heart.

... purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from
a good conscience, and from sincere faith, ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:5


Love is the only way to obtain genuine life.

... you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:9


God is clear that we must love if we are to be.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. ...
~ Romans 12:9-10


God wills that decent love would amplify over those
that would cheat it and prowl upon the weak.


And above all things have fervent love for one another,
for "love will cover a multitude of sins." ~ 1st Peter 4:8


Love has the healing force of forgiveness.

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12

Love removes hardship enveloped in His love.
There is no greater hardship than facing darkness.


... Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. ~ 1st Corinthians 8:1

To care simply commands joy.
No matter of any appearance, love always finds comfort.
Above all knowledge, love opens the mind to see.


... but have not love, I have become sounding brass
or a clanging cymbal. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:1


Love holds a silence of heart excluding the noise of life.

... but have not love, I am nothing. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:2

All that one could aspire to be or to attain
is short of what one breath of love delivers.


Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love
does not parade itself, is not puffed up; ~ 1st Corinthians 13:4


Humbled love maintains through the hardships of pain.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:13


Love connects a heart to the eternal.

Let all that you do be done with love. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:14

The more one loves, the greater the strength of spirit reveals the soul.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up
love and good works, ... ~ Hebrews 10:24-25


Desperate times call for the faithful to hold together
for the greater purpose of love.


... comfort your hearts and establish you in
every good word and work. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-17


In word and works love is established.

... that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
~ Ephesians 3:16-19


His light bathes us in the touch of His glory surpassing all knowledge.
Only love enables us to know the extent of the purpose of God
for His creation in our return to Him.


... speaking the truth in love, ... ~ Ephesians 4:13-15

No higher ideal is there than to speak the truth in love.

... that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge
and all discernment, ... ~ Philippians 1:9


Love is a mountain whose summit touches the top of the sky.

... keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ~ Jude 1:20-21


Prayers for mercy is what carries us into eternity.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7


Only those who love with mature control of heart
can reap the patience of a sound mind.


... having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
~ Philippians 2:2


Love unites in the single truth of God.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down
one's life for his friends." ~ John 15:13


To love others with sacrifice defines a character of mercy and grace.

"But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
..." ~ Luke 6:32


Love is deeper than just a matter of local convenience,
but it extends past the immediate.


"But love your enemies, do good, ... For He is kind
to the unthankful and evil." ~ Luke 6:35


Truly enlightened are those that love His creation
in sympathy for those that would despise it.


... always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:15


In the pursuit of goodness, love is realized.

"... with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts
pursue their own gain." ~ Ezekiel 33:31


Distant hearts lack the sincerity of love.

These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast
with you without fear, serving only themselves. ... ~ Jude 1:12


Deception invades truth leaving only an empty hole.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. ... ~ 1st John 2:15

Desires exclusively embedded in worldliness
lack the higher ideals of godliness.


"He who loves his life will lose it, ..." ~ John 12:25

To find God is to release selfish desires.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, ... ~ Galatians 5:22-23

Godliness has clear attributes as defined by fruits of the Spirit.

... call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:22

As life matures in thoughtfulness, it brings reflection to light.

... be an example to the believers in the word, in conduct,
in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. ~ 1st Timothy 4:12

           
Good examples enhance the whole.

... love one another fervently with a pure heart, ...
~ 1st Peter 1:22-23


The incorruptible love of Jesus endures forever.

... love is the fulfillment of the law. ~ Romans 13:10

Love is the fulfilment of what God wills for us.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God
and into the patience of Christ. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:5


Pray God that His love opens our hearts to see.

● Love = God
● Love = of God
● Love = Jesus sent for us to live
● Love = No fear
● Love = Edifies
● Love = Kind
● Love = Not puffed up
● Love = Does not envy
● Love = Does not behave rudely
● Love = Does not seek its own
● Love = Is not provoked
● Love = Thinks no evil
● Love = Does not rejoice in iniquity
● Love = Rejoices in the truth
● Love = Bears all things
● Love = Believes all things
● Love = Hopes all things
● Love = Endures all things
● Love = Never fails
● Love = Fruit of the Spirit
● Love = Bond of perfection
● Love = Fulfillment of the law
● Love = Covers all sins

The be washed in the sacrifice of His blood
is to be bathed in His love.
There is no love in darkness.
He calls to come into His Light.
Love commands over all.
All life is drawn to the light where love is given.




 

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