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Nature of love

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Scripture offers an understanding of the source, character and value of love, based on the nature and actions of God.

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God is the source of love

His very character is love

1 John 4:7–8 KJV 1900
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
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The love of God is revealed in the cross of Jesus Christ

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Love is part of the Holy Spirit’s fruit

Galatians 5:22 KJV 1900
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
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The loving-kindness of God referred to in the OT

Jeremiah 31:3 KJV 1900
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
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The love of God in the NT

To describe God’s love for humanity

John 3:16 KJV 1900
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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To describe love for God

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To describe brotherly love

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To describe love expressed by eating together

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To describe love in a negative sense

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Characteristics of love

1 Corinthians 13:4–8 KJV 1900
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
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Love is shown by deeds

1 John 3:17–18 KJV 1900
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
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The pre-eminence of love

1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV 1900
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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