Monthly Archives: April 2013

God’s Love For Us

Love

John 3:16

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.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1If I speak in the tongues a of men or of angels, but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift
of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship
that I may boast, b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not
delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge,
it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood
behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we
shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

1 Peter 4:7-10

Living for God

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves
also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the
body is done with sin. 2As a result, they do not live the rest
of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for
the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past
doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust,
drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless,
wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to
give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who
are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human
standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in
regard to the spirit.

7The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober
mind so that you may pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality
to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you should use whatever
gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of
God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, they should
do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves,
they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all
things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the
glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that
has come on you to test you, as though something strange were
happening to you. 13But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in
the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his
glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name
of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God
rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer
or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed,
but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for
judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with
us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the
gospel of God? 18And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should
commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

John 15:9-14

9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept
my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so
that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command
is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one
than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends
if you do what I command.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12

Fear the Lord

12And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the
Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13and to observe the
Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

14To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens,
the earth and everything in it. 15Yet the Lord set his affection on your
ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all
the nations—as it is today. 16Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do
not be stiff-necked any longer. 17For the Lord your God is God of gods
and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no
partiality and accepts no bribes. 18He defends the cause of the fatherless
and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food
and clothing. 19And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves
were foreigners in Egypt. 20Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to
him and take your oaths in his name. 21He is the one you praise; he is your God,
who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
22Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord
your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Galations 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave himself for me.

Romans 8:35-39

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or
persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of
God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalms 50:14-15
14“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15and call on me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

 

Jas 4:10

Submit Yourselves to God

1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires
that battle within you? 2You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet
but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have
because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask
with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4You adulterous people,a don’t you know that friendship with the world means
enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that
he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in usb ? 6But he
gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your
laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will lift you up.

11Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a
brother or sisterd or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you
judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12There is
only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.
But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
1 John 4:7-10

God’s Love and Ours

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who
loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know
God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his
Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we
love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.
14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of
the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them
and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is
made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this
world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or
sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,
cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command:
Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

 

Col. 3:12-15

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above,
not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is your a life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality,
impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath
of God is coming. b 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice,
slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have
taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew,
circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all,
and is in all.

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another
if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over
all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called
to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach
and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the
Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether
in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him.
John 13:34-35
34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding
gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it
keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,
they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and
we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When I was
a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became
a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as
I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Amen. (-: