1 Corinthians 13:4-10
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not
envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not
rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with
the truth. it always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are
prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know
in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection
comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I
talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I
became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see
but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know
in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and
love. But the greatest of these is love."
"I am overwhelmed with joy in the
Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me
in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a
bride with her jewels. The Sovereign Lord
will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His
righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, filled with young plants
springing up everywhere.
The Lord will hold you in his hands for all to
see—a splendid crown in the hands of God."
"I have loved you even as
the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I
obey my Father and remain in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled
with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! I command you to love each other in the same way
that I love you. And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown
when people lay down their lives for their friends. You are my friends if you obey me. I no longer call you servants, because a master
doesn’t confide in his servants. Now you are my friends, since I have told you
everything the Father told me.
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go
and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you
ask for, using my name.
I command you to love each other."
"But God’s plan was seen
from the beginning of creation, for ‘He made them male and female.’ ‘This explains why a man
leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no
longer two but one,
let no one separate them, for God has joined them
1 John 4:7-12
"Dear friends, let us continue to
love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and
knows God. But anyone who does not love does
not know God—for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by
sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through
him. This is real love. It is not that we
loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we
surely ought to love each other. No one has
ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been
brought to full expression through us."
"My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my
commands in your heart, for they will give
you a long and satisfying life. Never let
loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them
deep within your heart. Then you will find
favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not
depend on your own understanding. Seek his
will in all you do, and he will direct your paths."
"Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation."
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Place me like a seal over your
heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as
strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It
blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot
quench love; rivers cannot
wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his
house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.