1 Corinthians 13:4
ESV - 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
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Jesus' comandment to us was to love God and love people. All love comes from God. If we love others we will not steal from them, talk bad about them, covet anything they own, or treat them unkindly in any way. We will also do what ever is in our power to do to help them with their needs. We will weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who are rejoicing. When we see others' faults we will remember we have our own faults and overlook theirs. We will love them because Jesus loved us and forgave us all our sins. Our basis for treating others is based on what Jesus did on the cross for us. Love does not boast in its own righteousness. Love is not proud and arrogant. Instead of demanding perfection from others we remember that Jesus forgave us all our sins and is still forgiving us all our sins. If you say you have no sin you are a liar and do not the truth. We will not pick at little things and put others under the letter of the law. Love always gives the other person the benefit of the doubt. We have no love in ourselves and it all has to come from God. If we loved others the way Jesus loves us there would be very few divorces or church splits. We shouldn't fight over the smallest details, but sometimes we do. Love gives with no reward expected. Love says people are more important than precepts. Love is the opposite of hate. Love and compassion are the opposite of religion. Religion is what we do to gain God's favor. Love is what we do because we have His favor.
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