(Gal 5:22-23)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

Love: A deep and active concern for someone, or something, that results in a desire to encourage and serve that person's best interest. A willingness to subordinate one's self in favor of another. God is love. (1 John 4:8 & 16)

Joy: Great delight or happiness.

Peace: Serenity. Freedom from anxiety.

Kindness: Courtesy, consideration, and respect.

Goodness: Virtue, righteousness, moral excellence.

Faithfulness: Fidelity and consistent devotion to a person or idea as demonstrated by one's actions.

Gentleness: Not rough or overly severe in speech or action.

Self-control: The ability to restrain or guide one's thoughts and actions.

 

Importance and attributes of love: (1 Cor 13:1-8)  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. {2} If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. {3} If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. {4} Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. {5} It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. {6} Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. {7} It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. {8} Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

(Rom 12:9-16)  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. {10} Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. {11} Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. {12} Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. {13} Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. {14} Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. {15} Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. {16} Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 

A commandment: (Mat 22:37-40)  Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' {38} This is the first and greatest commandment. {39} And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' {40} All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

 

Required for salvation: (Mat 24:12-13)  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, {13} but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

 

To be given unilaterally: (Luke 6:32-33)  "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. {33} And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that.

 

(Rom 5:8)  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Requires choice and commitment: (Luke 16:13)  "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

 

A sign of discipleship: (John 13:34-35)  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. {35} By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

 

Requires keeping the commandments of God: (John 14:15)  "If you love me, you will obey what I command.

(John 14:24)  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

 

(John 15:9-14)  "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. {10} If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. {11} I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. {12} My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. {13} Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. {14} You are my friends if you do what I command.

 

Separates Christians from the world: (John 15:19)  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

 

Provides assurance of God's help in our lives: (Rom 8:28)  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

Fulfills the law: (Rom 13:10)  Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

The pre-eminence of love: (1 Cor 13:13)  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

(1 Cor 16:14)  Do everything in love.

(Gal 5:6)  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

 

Is enhanced by knowledge and insight: (Phil 1:9)  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

 

Considers others above self: (Phil 2:3-5)  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. {4} Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. {5} Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

 

Binds all virtue together: (Col 3:12-14)  Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. {13} Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. {14} And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

A lack of love is a sign of the "Last days": (2 Tim 3:1-5)  But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. {2} People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, {3} without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, {4} treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- {5} having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 

Doesn't show favoritism: (James 2:8-10)  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. {9} But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. {10} For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

 

Requires good speech and good living: (1 Pet 3:10-11)  For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. {11} He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.

(1 John 3:18)  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

 

Covers a multitude of sins: (1 Pet 4:8)  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

(1 John 2:2)  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

(1 John 3:1)  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

 

Without love we are dead: (1 John 3:14)  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

 

Provides correction and discipline: (Rev 3:19)  Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

 

Love of God overcomes love of life and fear of death: (Rev 12:11)  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

 

Love is God in us: (1 John 4:7-19)  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. {8} Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. {9} This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. {10} This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. {11} Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. {12} No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. {13} We know that we live in him and he in us,

because he has given us of his Spirit. {14} And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. {15} If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. {16} And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. {17} In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. {18} There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. {19} We love because he first loved us.

(John 15:4)  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.