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Love, for one another

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

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Reasons for loving one another

God commands it

Galatians 5:14 ESV
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
James 2:8 ESV
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
Matthew 22:38–39 ESV
This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:37–40 ESV
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:39 ESV
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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Love for foreigners commanded:

Deuteronomy 10:17–19 ESV
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Dt 10:17-19
Leviticus 19:33–34 ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
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James 2:8 ESV
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
the second greatest commandment; Jesus Christ commands his disciples to love one another; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

God has taken the initiative in showing love

1 John 4:11 ESV
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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God’s people are known by their love

John 13:35 ESV
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
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Love maintains fellowship

1 Peter 4:8 ESV
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
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Love promotes sacrificial service

1 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV
So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
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Expressing love for one another

In caring for the sick

Matthew 25:36 ESV
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
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In meeting material needs

Matthew 25:35 ESV
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
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In affectionate greetings

2 Corinthians 13:12 ESV
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
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Examples of the demonstration of love for one another

Abraham for Lot; Moses for Israel; Jonathan; the Roman centurion for his servant; the good Samaritan; ; the Philippian jailer; ; ; ; ; ; ; Onesiphorus; ;

Paul’s love for his churches

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