8298 love, for one another

8298 love, for one another

Scripture instructs God’s people to love one another and illustrates what this means in practice.

Reasons for loving one another

God commands it Gal 5:14 See also Lev 19:18 Love for foreigners commanded: Lev 19:34; Dt 10:19
Mt 22:39 pp Mk 12:31 the second greatest commandment; Jn 15:12 Jesus Christ commands his disciples to love one another; Ro 13:10; 1Th 4:9; Heb 13:1; Jas 2:8; 1Pe 1:22; 1Pe 2:17; 1Jn 3:23; 1Jn 4:21; 2Jn 5

God has taken the initiative in showing love 1Jn 4:11 See also Mal 2:10; 1Co 8:11-13; 1Jn 3:16

God’s people are known by their love Jn 13:35 See also 1Jn 2:10; 1Jn 3:14; 1Jn 4:7,16,20

Love maintains fellowship 1Pe 4:8 See also Pr 10:12; Pr 17:9; Eph 4:2

Love promotes sacrificial service 1Th 2:8 See also Pr 17:17; 2Co 12:15; Gal 5:13; Php 2:30; Php 4:10; 1Th 1:3

Expressing love for one another

In caring for the sick Mt 25:36 See also Job 2:11; Gal 4:14

In meeting material needs Mt 25:35 See also Dt 15:7-8; 1Jn 3:17

In affectionate greetings 2Co 13:12 See also Ge 33:4; Ge 45:14-15; Ac 20:37; Ro 16:16; 1Co 16:20; 1Pe 5:14

Examples of the demonstration of love for one another

Ge 14:14-16 Abraham for Lot; Ex 32:31-32 Moses for Israel; 1Sa 18:3 Jonathan; Lk 7:2-6 the Roman centurion for his servant; Lk 10:29-37 the good Samaritan; Ac 4:32; Ac 16:33 the Philippian jailer; Ac 20:38; Ro 16:4; 2Co 2:4; Eph 1:15; Php 1:8; Php 4:1; 2Ti 1:16-17 Onesiphorus; Phm 12; 3Jn 6

Paul’s love for his churches Corinth: 2Co 1:3-6; 2Co 2:4
Gal 4:19 Galatia Philippi: Php 1:3,7; Php 4:1 Thessalonica: 1Th 2:7-8; 1Th 3:7-10,12

See also

5777admonition
5802care
6718reconciliation, believers
7025church, unity
7028church, life of
7030unity
7925fellowship among believers
8230discipline
8291kindness
8318patience
8342servanthood
8452neighbours, duty to

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