If we had only one word to describe God, I think the word love would be at the top of the list. When Christ shared the greatest commandment it was to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart,’ followed by the command to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’
As I read through a few scriptures at the beginning of this year, I realized that many of the famous scriptures we remember have to do with love. Whether we’re talking about marriage, friendship, sacrifice, finances, or our faith in God, the Bible helps us to put things into perspective when it comes to love.
Since this is a financial blog, I figured I’d start with the verse that deals with the green stuff we talk about every week. Enjoy!
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languagesand special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins
1 John 3:1
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:18-19
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.
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