I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.
Take me with you-- let us hurry. Oh, that the king would bring me to his chambers. We will rejoice and be glad for you; we will praise your love more than wine. It is only right that they adore you.
Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love's flames are fiery flames-- the fiercest of all.
Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And whoever doesn't take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?"
Simon answered, "I suppose the one he forgave more." "You have judged correctly," He told him.
Turning to 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, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair.
You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn't stopped kissing My feet since I came in.
You didn't anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that's why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little."
The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him."
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it You're going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?"
Jesus answered, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him.
A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him.
He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.
If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Maranatha!
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth,
and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-- and you continue to serve them.
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,
For I am full of words, and my spirit compels me [to speak].
But they urged Him: "Stay with us, because it's almost evening, and now the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them.
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it's right in the sight of God [for us] to listen to you rather than to God, you decide;
for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."
We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.
But the natural man does not welcome what comes from God's Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually.
We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-- a ransom for many."
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
You're not considering that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish."
He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children of God.
who gave Himself-- a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.
But we do see Jesus-- made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God's grace He might taste death for everyone-- crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death.
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-- Jesus Christ the righteous One.
He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look directly at Moses' face because of the glory from his face-- a fading [glory]--
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness overflows with even more glory.
because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"
"I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man's trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.
For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses.
however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.