Romans 8:37 NLT No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
1 Peter 4:8 NLT Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Matthew 22:36-40 NLT “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
The phrase “love conquers all” is derived from the following phrase in the Latin poet Virgil's Eclogues X.69: "Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori." It means "love conquers all, let us all yield to love." The beginning of the phrase was subsequently translated as "love conquers all" by Geoffrey Chaucer, an English poet of the Middle Ages, and thereafter passed into popular usage.
Events of this past few weeks and months, in fact over the last few years, have really pointed out the divisions that exist between us here in this country and throughout the world. Divisions of race, gender, religion, politics, nation against nation, I could go on and on. The answer is love and that's who God is.
1 John 4:7-8 NLT Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (emphasis mine)
In His The Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus said that we should agree with our advisory.
Matthew 5:25-26 NLT “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.
Later in this same sermon Jesus said that not only should you agree with your adversary, but that you should also love your enemy.
Matthew 5:44 NLT But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
He was even more specific than that at another time. When He was asked what was the greatest commandment;
Matthew 22:37-39 NLT Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
To make it plain He went on to describe, with a parable, exactly who that neighbor we are to love is. We know that parabIe as the story of the good Samaritan. In His parable that neighbor actually turns out to be an enemy. What Jesus was saying through this parable is that we are supposed to show love to everybody, friends, enemies, everybody, no matter who they are.
What does love have to do with solving the problems that we have here in this country and in the world? I may be naive but, if we love each other then we can talk to each other, if we love each other we can admit that we all have problems, if we love each other we can agree to seek help to solve our problems.
In order to have that kind of love, we have to love like God loves. Scripture tells us that God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 NLT Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
The scriptures also tell us that if we believe in Jesus that we are born of God.
1 John 5:1 NLT Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
When you are born of God as we mature we should become more like God. God is love so we should become love.
Love is a wonderful thing and if we all really start to love each other there will be big changes, not only here in America, but throughout the world.
What matters to God is our love for Him and our love for each other. Wealth, power and status count for nothing in the kingdom of God. When we truly love our neighbors, we do our part to make the world a better place, and we find our own fulfillment in life.
Scripture tells us to love one another, and bear one another's burdens. In that way love does conquer all.
John 13:34 NLT So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Galatians 6:2 NLT Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.