"There is nothing greater than Love on this earth!"
(All that the Bible Says about "Love" has been quoted and has been paraphrased in this Article
in Simple, Practical and Biblical Terms!)
by Dr. John Williams
(Founder/President of IICM)
Key Scripture: 1 Jo 4:20
If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:
for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1. The Key Scriptures on "Love" in the order in which they appear in the Bible and the Paraphrased/Simplified Versions immediately following each verse
shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people,
but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.
(If we truly love our neighbor we will not have any bitterness, grudge, enmity, spirit of
unforgiveness or bitterness.)
LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye
were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people.
(God's motivation for loving us is not in our numbers, quality or any valid reason, but
His love for us is his very nature and intrinsic quality which embodied in him and is
inseparable and irremovable.)
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that
prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know
whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
(When it comes to the question of whether you love God, with all your heart and with
all your soul, no one needs to discern, confirm, vouch or cerity, because God can
discern and detect, and he knows.)
And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love
thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three
times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.
(When we love God, our heart, mind and soul will be intricately intertwined and be
lingering with him.)
nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall
not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they
will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
(A person who truly loves God or any one will never turn their hearts away from them,
will just cleave or become inseparable from them.)
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.
(We have been instructed in the Word of God to love wisdom and to forsake it, because if we do, we will be the losers and not beneficiaries of wisdom.)
not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love
(Loving the rebuke, admonition or exhortation of a wise or a Godly man, is the proof of
ones wisdom. )
not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be
satisfied with bread.
(Loving sleep is forbidden by the word of God, because it implies both laziness and
And they come
unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they
hearthy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth
they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
(If one truly loves God, he will obey and do what God says .)
ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not
even the publicans the same?
(The standard of God's love is way above the standard of this world. The world may love
those who love them, but we should love those that hate us, do evil to us and are
when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
(Our attitudes and acts of love should not be displayed in order to be appreciated and
admired by the people around us)
woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and
pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and
not to leave the other undone.
(While we keep the law of love it is important to obey all the other laws of God
including Tithes, without neglecting them.)
Joh 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (Jesus expressed his sadness over the fact that many did not have the love of God in them.)
were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are
not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you.
(Because our ways, interests, values and priorities are different from that of this world, and we have been separated from the rest of the people of this world and set apart for God, we will be despised and hated by the people of this world.)
......... the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
(1. We have the capacity to love God and our neighbors.
2. If we do not love them, it is because we do not want to or care to love God others,
willfuly or deliberately.)
....... Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
(3. This is the greatest Law, Commandment and Desire of our God.)
1Co 2:9 ...... Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (Those that love God and their neighbors shall be richly reward beyond description and measure. )
If any man
love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
(Not loving the Lord Jesus Christ is the worst, the most cursed and the greatest offense that any one can commit. )
........ not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the
love which I have more abundantly unto you.
(The greatest truth that one should know is that God loves us more that we can even imagine or comprehend.)
2Co 8:8 .......to prove the sincerity of your love.
....but by love serve one another.
(Loving is serving, and without serving others we can not love others. )
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
(Husbands love towards their wives is comparable to God's love to the church His Bride, in nature and magnitude, which does not allow any room for bitterness. )
1 Th 4:9
touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye
yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
(Brotherly love is none other than Godly love or the same love with which we are supposed to love God, brother, neighbor, stranger and even our enemy.)
2 Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Ti 1:7
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.
(God has given us the spirit of Love, which has no fear, but has power and wisdom
which gives us the most rational and sensible mind.)
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love his appearing.
(The real test to find out how much or really a person loves God is to find out
how desperately one is looking forward to or awaiting the appearance of Christ.)
For God is
not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do
(God will never forget all of your acts and labor of love towards him, the saints and all
my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world
rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them
that love him?
(It is not important how poor one is economically speaking, but God has promised to
love those that are rich in faith and has inherited the kingdom of God. )
not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man
love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(If person loves the world or the things in the world, neither can he love God nor can
God love him. )
1Jo 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (Since we have been transformed as the sons of God by the love that has been bestowed upon us, it is imperative that we keep the commandment of love strictly, and demonstrate it to the world. )
We know that we have passed from death unto life,
because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his
brother abideth in death.
(We have been assured everlasting life, and not condemned to death, because we have
made a commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves, which should be kept by us at
any cost and with all diligence. )
children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.
(We are excepted and obligated to express our love to others in tangible ways, because
love is not merely an attitude or a disposition, but an act of goodness involving some
that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
(If the element of love is lacking in a person, we can be certain that he has no knowledge or relationship with God. )
Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation
for our sins.
(It is a marvelous truth and has been declared by Jesus that God loved us first even
before we knew him or loved him, because the of God towards us has been
demonstrated to us by sending his only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins. )
There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not
made perfect in love.
(Those who have the True Love of God, need not worry about anything under any
circumstance or situation, because the love of God will cast all fears. In other words
where there is the spirit of love which is the presence of God, the devil, the wicked one
cannot touch us.
If a man say,
I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth
not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he
hath not seen?
(Loving God is actually loving our neighbors. We cannot just love our neighbors without
loving God. God can love the people on this earth in a tangible way by doing them good
only through us. )
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.
(The greatest commandments of God are loving God and loving our neighbors. It will not
hurt anyone to keep God's commandments, because it will only give us satisfaction and
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth;
and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.
(Every one who has experienced and known about the love of God, is expected to love
every one, with sincerity and honesty.
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment
unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
(God's commandment to love him and our neighbor is an eternal and everlasting
commandment, and it is not something new. )
having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
(It is the love mingled with faith in God without seeing him that gives the greatest and
II. Summary of what is said in the Bible about "Love" ?
A. What is "Love"?
God is love, and love is of God
Love is God's nature, characteristic and attribute
Love is a spiritual quality, because God is a Spiritual Being
Love is an Act of Goodness and Sacrifice
Love is a Commandment of God
Love is a Universal Law of the Whole World
Love is not just an attitude, disposition or feeling
Love has feelings, affection and concern
B. Why should we "Love"?
Because it is the greatest commandment of God
Because it is our duty and obligation
Because it will overcome all evil
Because it will stop battles and bring peace
Because it will bring justice
Because it is the answer for all the problems and questions
Because it is the greatest weapon that we can use against the enemy
Because it is the solution to all problems, disorders and crimes including murder and theft
Because it will bring unity
C. How should we "Love?
By forgiving others
By doing good to others
By sacrificing for others
By serving others
By being humble
By not getting angry
By not hating anyone