"God is love"
- 1 John 4:8
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
- John 15:13
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
- John 13:34-35
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
- 1 Corinthians 13:13
Here's an acronym of LOVE that I have put together:
L - Love fulfils the law of God (Gal. 5:14, Rom. 13:8).
O - Obedience to Christ is a necessary result of love for Christ (Jn. 14:15).
V - Vine-abiding equals spiritual fruitfulness (Jn. 15:4).
E - Eternal life is through Christ alone (1 Jn. 5:11-12).
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
- Matthew 22:37-40
We love God because of who He is. Indeed, His very nature is love.
We love our neighbour not based on who they are but because of who we are called to be, by the enablement of His transforming grace.
All glory always be to God who delivered us out of the power of darkness,
and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love - Hallelujah!
References for the acronym:
"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”"
- Galatians 5:14
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law."
- Romans 13:8
"If you love Me, keep My commandments."
- John 14:15
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
- John 15:4
"And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
- 1 John 5:11-12