Born to Love
Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:12
Born to Love
1. “The best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself.” 91% of US adults and 76% of practicing Christians agreed “completely” or “somewhat” with this statement.
2. “People should not criticize someone else’s life choices.” 89% of adults and 76% of Christians agree.
3. “To be fulfilled in life, you should pursue the things you desire most.” 86% of American adults and 72% of Christians said, “Yes.”
4. “The highest goal of life is to enjoy it as much as possible.” 84% of adults and 67% of Christians agreed that this was the highest goal of life.
5. “People can believe whatever they want, as long as those beliefs don’t affect society.” 79% of American adults and 61% of practicing Christians.
6. “Any kind of sexual expression between two consenting adults is acceptable.” 69% of American adults and 40% of Christians agreed with this.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye (Mt. 7:1-7).”
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6-8).”
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom. 13:8-10).”
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery…For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love…For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another (Galatians 5:1, 6, 13-15).”
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing (I Cor. 13:1-4).”
“But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed, and in truth (I Jn. 3:17-18).”
“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, ‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.”(Mark 12:28-34).”