love for the Lord

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what is love for the Lord?

ii john 1-6 ESV

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

exodus 34:6 CSB

Then the LORD passed in front of him and proclaimed:

Yahweh — Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth...

psalm 86:15 CSB

But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.

psalm 119:10 ESV

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

proverbs 3:3 NKJV

Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart...

i peter 1:22 NLT

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

psalm 25:10 CSB

All the LORD’S ways show faithful love and truth to those who keep His covenant and decrees.

hosea 6:3-7 NLT

Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

two sides of the same coin

How Truth and Love compliment and complete each other...

truthfaithful love
psalm 86:11 psalm 86:12
jer. 22:15-16 prov. 10:23
psalm 51:6 psalm 62:8
john 3:21 i john 1:7
1 john 1:9 luke 7:36-47
i john 2:4 i john 2:5
i john 2:7
deut. 6:5
lev. 19:18
i john 2:8
john 13:34
john 15:12
john 15:4-5 john 15:9-10
john 3:33 i cor. 13:63
i john 4:19-5:2 i john 5:3
ps. 119:43-44 psalm 119:41
psalm 119:45 ps. 119:47-48
psalm 119:57 psalm 119:58
psalm 119:59 psalm 119:60

truth and love: example 1

psalm 86:11 NIV11 [truth]

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

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psalm 86:12 NIV11 [faithful love]

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

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truth and love: example 2

jeremiah 22:15-16 NIV11 [truth]

"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.

16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD."

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proverbs 10:23 NASB [faithful love]

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

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truth and love: example 3

psalm 51:6 NIV84 [truth]

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

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psalm 62:8 ESV [faithful love]

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

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truth and love: example 4

john 3:21 NASB [truth]

But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

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i john 1:7 ESV [faithful love]

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

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truth and love: example 5

i john 1:9 ESV [truth]

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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luke 7:36-47 ESV [faithful love]

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "Say it, Teacher."

41 "A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43 Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly." 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."

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truth and love: example 6

i john 2:4 ESV [truth]

Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him...

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i john 2:5 ESV [faithful love]

...but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.

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truth and love: example 7

i john 2:7 NIV11 [truth]

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

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deuteronomy 6:5 ESV [truth]

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

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leviticus 19:18 ESV [truth]

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

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i john 2:8 NIV11 [faithful love]

Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

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john 13:34 ESV [faithful love]

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

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john 15:12 ESV [faithful love]

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

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truth and love: example 8

john 15:4-5 NLT [truth]

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

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john 15:9-10 NLT [faithful love]

"I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love."

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truth and love: example 9

john 3:33 NIV11 [truth]

Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

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i corinthians 13:6 NIV11 [faithful love]

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

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truth and love: example 10

i john 4:19-5:2 ESV [truth]

We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

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i john 5:3 NLT [faithful love]

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

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truth and love: example 11

psalm 119:43-44 ESV [truth]

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever...

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psalm 119:41 CSB [faithful love]

Let Your faithful love come to me, LORD, Your salvation, as You promised.

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truth and love: example 12

psalm 119:45 NLT [truth]

I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

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psalm 119:47-48 NLT [faithful love]

How I delight in your commands! How I love them! 48 I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your decrees.

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truth and love: example 13

psalm 119:57 NKJV [truth]

You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words.

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psalm 119:58 NIV11 [faithful love]

I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.

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truth and love: example 14

psalm 119:59 CSB [truth]

I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to Your decrees.

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psalm 119:60 CSB [faithful love]

I hurried, not hesitating to keep Your commands.

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