God's love is AMAZING!!! It is NOTHING like our lusty, fickle human passions. Godly love is self-sacrificing, NOT self-serving. Godly love is consistently in line with His Law and His promises, NOT self-deluding the way we humans so often fool ourselves with self-justification, that we might indulge our lusts. By the blood that Christ poured out for us on Calvary's cross, God's love seeks to make us into new creatures in God's Christ, IF we will simply choose to exercise the free will that He has given to us that we should choose torepentof our sin and turn wholly to Him in Christ, forthere is no other way to eternal life, but through God's loving gift. Mark 12:28-33 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning
together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the
first commandment of all?
Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments
is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:
this is the first commandment. 31
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32 And the scribe said unto him,
Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none
other but he: 33 And to love him with
all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with
all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all
whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of
2 The same came to Jesus by
night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:
for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?
can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born
of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not
that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every
one that is born of the Spirit. 9
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him,
Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these
things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive
not our witness. 12 If I have told
you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you
of heavenly things? 13 And no
man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even
the Son of man which is in heaven. 14
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must
the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 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. 17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved. 18
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God. 19 And this is
the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that
his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
13 Let no
man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with
evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust,
and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth
death. 16 Do not err, my beloved
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For
the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and
superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which
is able to save your souls. 22 But be
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the
word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a
glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself,
and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1 Timothy 1:5-11
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart,
and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside
unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be
teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they
affirm. 8 But we know that the law
is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but
for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that
defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured
persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
11 According to the glorious gospel
of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
James 4:1-101 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come
they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and
desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye
ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The
spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the
proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your
laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and
he shall lift you up.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work
into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether
it be evil.