1 John 4:8 NLT But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 - Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 - Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Love isn’t a trade off – it’s a give away
“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.”
-Dr. Billy Graham
Jeremiah 1:5 NIV "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
“Give & It Will Be Given”
Luke 6:45 AKJV A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Matthew 15:17-19 BSB "Do you not yet realize that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then is eliminated 18 - But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man. 19 - For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander
Matthew 13:15 NIV For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
Luke 21:34 NLT "Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,
Psalm 51:10 ESV Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Luke 6:27-38 NIV “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 - bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 - If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 - Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31- Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 - “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 - And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 - And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 - But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 - Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 - “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
3 Things About Love
1) There’s A Return On Love
2) There’s A Reputation Of Love
3) There’s A Ripple From Love
Luke 23:34 NLT Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.