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1 Has Love, True Love, Become Another Four-Letter Word? Romans 12:9-13; 13; 1 Peter 1: 22-23; 23; Acts 2:42ff

2 Oh Please, Not The Whole Love Thing...Again! Has the word love become mundane and overused in the English language? We love everything... Desensitized to its use Greek words for love: Philia: Brotherly/Friendship love Eros: Passionate love Agape: Sacrificial, Unconditional love Storge: Familial love

3 Romans 12: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

4 1 Peter 1: Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

5 What s s Love Got To Do With It? Luke 10: John 3: John 13: John 14: 15, 21, Romans 5: 6-86 Romans 13: John 2: John 4: 7-87

6 John 3: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

7 Romans 5: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

8 Luke 10: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love' your neighbor as yourself. " 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

9 John 13: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

10 Romans 13: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet, "and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love" your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

11 1 John 2: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

12 Galatians 5:6b... The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

13 Colossians 3: Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

14 I Want To Know What Love Is, And I Want You To Show Me... John 14: 15, Acts 2: 42ff 1 Corinthians 13 Galatians 5: Colossians 3: John 3: 16-20

15 Acts 2:42ff 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

16 John 14:15, 21, "If you love me, you will obey what I command. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

17 L ISTEN TO GOD (James 1:19) O V E BEY GOD (John 14:15, 21-25; 25; James 1:18) ALUE OTHERS AND YOURSELF (Matthew 22:36-40) NCOURAGE OTHERS (Ephesians 4:29; Hebrews 3:13)

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