Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23  meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
 
 
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The Love Of God
 
Is a part of his character - 2Corintians 13:11; 1John 4:8; 
2Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brothers, rejoice. Perfect yourselves; encourage yourselves; mind the same thing; be at peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
1John 4:8  The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love. 
 
Christ, the especial object of - John 15:9; John 17:26; 
John 15:9  As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; continue in My love.
John 17:26  And I made known to them Your name, and will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
 
Christ abides in - John 15:10; 
John 15:10  If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
 
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Sovereign - Deuteronomy  7:8;  Deuteronomy 10:15; 
Deuteronomy 7:8  But because Jehovah loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, Jehovah has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of slaves, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:15  Only Jehovah had a delight in your fathers to love them, and He chose their seed after them, you above all people, as it is today. 
 
Great - Ephesians  2:4; 
Ephesians 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us 
 
Abiding - Zephaniah 3:17; 
Zehaniahp 3:17  Jehovah your God is mighty in your midst; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; He is silent in His love; He rejoices over you with joyful shout.
 
Unfailing - Isaiah 49:15-16; 
Isaiah 49:15  Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. 16  Behold, I have carved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are forever before Me. 
 
Unalienable - Roman 8:39; 
Romans 8:39  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
 
Constraining - Hosea 11:4; 
Hosea 11:4  I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as those who take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently give food to him. 
 
Everlasting - Jeremiah 31:3; 
Jeremiah 31:3  Jehovah has appeared to me from afar, saying, Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you. 
 
Irrespective of merit  Deuteronomy 7:7; Job 7:17; 
Deuteronomy 7:7  Jehovah did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people, for you were the fewest of all people.
Job 7:17  What is man, that You should magnify him, and that You should set Your heart on him, 
 
MANIFESTED TOWARDS
 
Perishing sinners - John 3:16; Titus 3:4; 
John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
Titus 3:4  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 
 
His saints - John 16:27; John 17:23; 2Thessalonians 2:16; 1John 4:16; 
John 16:27  for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from God. 
John 17:23  I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. 
2Thessalonians 2:16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 
1John 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 
 
The destitute  - Deuteronomy 10:18; 
Deuteronomy 10:18  He executes justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the stranger in giving him food and clothing. 
 
The cheerful giver - 2Corinthians 9:7; 
2Corinthians 9:7  Each one, as he purposes in his heart, let him give; not of grief, or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
 
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The giving of Christ - John 3:16; 
John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
 
The sending of Christ - 1John 4:9; 
1Jhnn 4:9  In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. 
 
Christ's dying for us while sinners - Romans 5:8; 1John 4:10; 
Romans 5:8  But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. 
1John 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.
 
Election - Malachi 1:2; Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:11-13; 
Malachi 1:2-3  I have loved you, says Jehovah. But you say, In what have You loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? says Jehovah; yet I loved Jacob, 3  and I hated Esau and made his mountains a desolation, and his inheritance to be for the jackals of the wilderness. 
Romans 9:11  (for the children had not yet been born, neither had done any good or evil; but that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who called,) 12  it was said to her, "The elder shall serve the younger." 13  As it is written, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." 
 
Adoption - 1John 3:1;
1John 3:1  Behold what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
 
Redemption - Isaiah 43:3-4; Isaiah 63:9; 
Isaiah 43:3-4  For I am Jehovah your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you. 4  Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.
Isaiah 63:9  In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them, and carried them all the days of old. 
 
 
Freeness of salvation - Tius 3:4-7; 
Titus 3:4  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 
 
Forgiving sin - Isaiah 38:17; 
Isaiah 38:17  Behold, I had great bitterness for peace; but You loved my soul from the pit of destruction. You have cast all my sins behind Your back. 
 
Quickening of souls - Ephesians_2:4-5; 
Ephesians 2:4-5  But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us 5  (even when we were dead in sins) has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved), 
 
Drawing us to himself - Hosea 11:4; 
Hosea 11:4  I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as those who take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently give food to him. 
 
Temporal blessings - Deuteronomy 7:13; 
Deuteronomy 7:13  And He will love you and bless you and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your grain, and your wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle, and the flocks of your sheep, in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you. 
 
Chastisements - Hebrews 12:6; 
Hebrews 12:6  for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives." 
 
Defeating evil counsels - Deuteronomy 23:5; 
Deuteronomy 23:5  But Jehovah your God would not listen to Balaam, but Jehovah your God turned the curse to a blessing to you, because Jehovah your God loved you. 
 
Shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit  - Romans 5:5; 
Romans 5:5  And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. 
 
Saints know and believe - 1John 4:16;
1John 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 
 
Saints should abide in - Jude 1:21; 
Jude 1:21  keep yourselves in the love of God, eagerly awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to everlasting life. 
 
 
PERFECTED IN SAINTS
 
By obedience - 1John 2:5;
1John 2:5  But whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of God is perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.
 
By brotherly love - 1John 4:12; 
1John 4:12  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us. 
 
The source of our love to him - 1John 4:19; 
1John 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us. 
 
To be sought in prayer - 2Corinthians 13:14; 
2Corinthians 13:14  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.