Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Bible says Love is ......

As valentines day approaches I've been thinking about Love and have turned to the Bible for help on what God says love is.  Here are the key passages I've found and my summary of what they mean to me.

Matthew 22:37-40
Love is from every part of your being.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind"

Love starts from within, it is an acceptance of yourself as you accept others
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Love is everything that matters in life.
Faith, knowledge and service are nothing without Love.
Love means to be patient with others and kind in all thoughts and actions.
Love removes jealousy and exaggeration and resentments; through love is acceptance.
Love is real and life giving, it lasts forever and gives all we ever need in happiness and joy.

Genesis 29:18-20
Love is everything of importance, Jacob served for seven years for the love of Rachel.
Real love is all consuming, you will do anything and wait forever to know that love outpoured.

Galatians 5:22-23
Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit

Romans 13:8-10
Loving your neighbour is the only thing that matters, through actions and words and feelings.
Love is not just merely saying how you feel, it is about demonstrating it in your actions.

1 John 4:16
Love is all that God is, He is full of love for everyone in the world.
When you love someone truly then so does God love you and them.
Love is a gift of yourself and of God.

Mark 12:31
Love your neighbour.

Romans 12:9-11
Love is about truth, honesty, support, adoration, service and effort.
Love the Lord and love others.

John 13:34-35
God loves us unconditionally and totally, so should we love one another.

Matthew 5:43-48
When you love your neighbour this includes loving your enemies.  Love them for themselves and forgive them for their sin; when love is hard it is most worthwhile.  Love everyone.

Proverbs 7:12
Love is waiting for us to find it, seek love and you will find.

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