“We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” 
(1st John 3:14)

If there is anything better than being loved, it is to love; for this is the mark of discipleship, the evidence of regeneration, and the bond of perfection. It is the nature of God, for “GOD IS LOVE.” It is the old, the new, the great commandment, and all the commandments in one word – love!

It is the first fruit of the Spirit; it is the foundation of all other graces. And of all that abides, it is the “greatest of these.” It castesh out fear, it covers a multitude of sins, it brought Christ to earth to be our Redeemer.

Love sees what no eye sees, hears what no ear hears, and understands that which only love can teach. It can’t be defined, only experienced. It can’t be destroyed as long as God lives. It can’t be developed; it is the gift of God.

Its presence is evidence of God’s presence, and its absence is evidence of God’s absence; for “he that loveth not knoweth not God.” The apostle said, “Make love your aim.” (1st Corinthians 14:1)

Henry Mahan – 1985

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