JCI-Jesus Christ Incarnation

5. God is Love and we love thereby

1 JOHN 4:16-21- SO WE HAVE COME TO KNOW AND TO BELIEVE THE LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US.  GOD IS LOVE, AND WHOEVER ABIDES IN LOVE ABIDES IN GOD, AND GOD ABIDES IN THEM.  BY THIS IS LOVE PERFECTED WITH US, SO THAT WE MAY BE CONFIDENT FOR THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, BECAUSE AS HE IS ALSO ARE WE IN THE WORLD.  THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE, BUT PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR.  FOR FEAR HAS TO DO WITH PUNISHMENT, AND WHOEVER FEARS HAS NOT BEEN PERFECTED IN LOVE.  WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.  IF ANYONE SAYS, I LOVE GOD, AND HATES HIS BROTHER OR SISTER, THEY ARE A LIAR; FOR THEY WHO DON’T LOVE THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER WHOM THEY HAVE SEEN CANNOT LOVE GOD WHOM THEY HAVE NOT SEEN.  AND THIS COMMANDMENT WE HAVE FROM HIM: WHOEVER LOVES GOD MUST ALSO LOVE THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER.  

 

LUKE 10:29-37- BUT HE, DESIRING TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF, SAID TO JESUS, AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?  JESUS REPLIED, A MAN WAS GOING DOWN FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO, AND HE FELL AMONG ROBBERS, WHO STRIPPED HIM AND BEAT HIM AND DEPARTED, LEAVING HIM HALF DEAD.  NOW BY CHANCE A PRIEST WAS GOING DOWN THAT ROAD, AND WHEN HE SAW HIM HE PASSED BY ON THE OTHER SIDE.  SO LIKEWISE A LEVITE, WHEN HE CAME TO THE PLACE AND SAW HIM, PASSED BY ON THE OTHER SIDE.  BUT A SAMARITAN, AS HE JOURNEYED, CAME TO WHERE HE WAS, AND WHEN HE SAW HIM, HE HAD COMPASSION.  HE WENT TO HIM AND BOUND UP HIS WOUNDS, POURING ON OIL AND WINE.  THEN HE SET HIM ON HIS OWN ANIMAL AND BROUGHT HIM TO AN INN AND TOOK CARE OF HIM.  AND THE NEXT DAY HE TOOK OUT TWO DENARII AND GAVE THEM TO THE INNKEEPER, SAYING TAKE CARE OF HIM, AND WHATEVER YOU SPEND, I WILL REPAY YOU WHEN I COME BACK.  WHICH OF THESE THREE, DO YOU THINK , PROVED TO BE A NEIGHBOR TO THE MAN WHO FELL AMONG THE ROBBERS?  HE SAID, THE ONE WHO SHOWED HIM MERCY.  AND JESUS SAID TO HIM, YOU GO, AND DO LIKEWISE.  

 

MATTHEW 5:43-48- YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AND HATE YOUR ENEMY.  BUT I SAY TO YOU, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY BE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.  FOR HE MAKES HIS SUN RISE ON THE EVIL AND ON THE GOOD, AND SENDS RAIN ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST.  FOR IF YOU LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU, WHAT REWARD DO YOU HAVE?  DO NOT EVEN TAX COLLECTORS DO THE SAME?  AND IF YOU GREET ONLY YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WHAT MORE ARE YOU DOING THAN OTHERS?  DO NOT EVEN THE GENTILES DO THE SAME?  YOU THEREFORE MUST BE PERFECT, AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT.