Verse 16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Seven Bible facts about love:
- Love is God’s nature.
1 John 4:8, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
1 John 4:16, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
- Godly love is giving, sacrificial love John 3:16.
1 John 4:9, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”
1 John 3:16-17, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
- Love is the greatest thing
1 Corinthians 13:13, “The greatest of these is love.”
- Love is an evidence of being Christ’s disciple.
John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
- Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…”
- Love is the first thing the Apostle mentioned concerning Christian living
- True Christian love cannot be separated from truth and holiness and obedience.
Philemon 1:9, “Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
2 John 1:3, “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”
3 John 1:1-4, “The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”