what is love?

Love isn’t heart-shaped breakfasts, or Valentine cards. Love isn’t flowers and chocolate. Love is an action verb perfectly displayed by Jesus on the cross and sometimes shown (by His grace) through His people.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35

But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
Psalm 5:6-8

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Psalm 103:7-9

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Luke 6:34-36

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:12-14

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

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