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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Love To Christ
 
Exhibited by God - Matthew 17:5; John 5:20; 
Matthew 17:5  While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. And behold a voice out of the cloud which said, This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear Him. 
John 5:20  For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all the things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these, so that you may marvel.
 
Exhibited by saints - 1Peter 1:8; 
1Peter 1:8  whom having not seen, you love; in whom not yet seeing, but believing in Him you exult with unspeakable joy, and having been glorified,
 
His personal excellence is deserving of - Songs of Solomon 5:9-16; 
Songs of Solomon 5:9  What is your Beloved more than another beloved, most beautiful among women? What is your Beloved more than another beloved, that you adjure us so? 
 
His love to us a motive to - 2Corintians 5:14; 
2Corinthians 5:14  For the love of Christ constrains us, judging this, that if one died for all, then all died;
 
MANIFESTED IN
 
Seeking him - Songs of Solomon 3:2; 
Songs of Solomon 3:2  I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the broad ways; I will seek Him whom my soul loves. I sought Him, but I did not find Him. 
 
Obeying him - John 14:15; John 14:21; John 14:23; 
John 14:15  If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
John 14:21  He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him. 
John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 
 
Ministering to him - Matthew 27:55; Matrhew 25:40; 
Matthew 27:55  And many of the women were there, watching from a distance, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, watching from a distance; 
Matthew 25:40  And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me. 
 
Preferring him to all others - Matthew 10:37; 
Matthew 10:37  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 
 
Taking up the cross for Him - Matthew 10:38; 
Matthew 10:38  And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
 
A characteristic of saints - Songs of Solomon 1:4; 
Songs of Solomon 1:4  Draw me, we will run after You. The King has brought me into his chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in You, we will remember Your love more than wine; the upright love You. 
 
An evidence of adoption - John 8:42; 
John 8:42  Jesus said to them, If God were your father, you would love Me, for I went forth and came from God; for I did not come of Myself, but He sent Me. 
 
SHOULD BE
 
Sincere - Ephesians 6:24; 
Ephesians 6:24  Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. 
 
With the soul -  Songs of Solomon 1:7; 
Songs of Solomon 1:7  Tell me, You whom my soul loves, where do You feed, where do You lie down at noon? For why should I be as one who is veiled beside the flocks of Your companions? 
 
In proportion to our mercies - Luke 7:47; 
Luke 7:47  Therefore I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he loves little
 
Supreme - Matthew 10:37; 
Matthew 10:37  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
 
 
Ardent - Songs of Solomon 2:5;  Songs of Solomon  8:6; 
Songs of Solomon 2:5  Feed me with raisin cakes, comfort me with apples, for I am sick with love. 
Songs of Solomon 8:6  Set me as a seal on Your heart, as a seal on Your arm; for love is strong as death. Jealousy is cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a flame of Jehovah. 
 
Unquenchable - Songs of Solomon 8:7; 
Songs of Solomon 8:7  Many waters cannot quench love, nor will the rivers overflow it. If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be scorned. 
 
Even to death - Acts 21:13; Revelation 12:11; 
Acts 21:13  Then Paul answered, What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. 
Revelation 12:11  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul until death.
 
Promises to - 2Titus 4:8; James 1:12;
 2Timothy 4:8  Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing. 
James 1:12  Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 
 
 
Increase of, to be prayed for - Phillians 1:9; 
Phillipians 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and in all perception; 
 
Pray for grace to those who have - Ephesians 6:24;
Ephesians 6:24  Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
 
THEY WHO HAVE
 
Are loved by the Father - John 14:21; John 14:23; John 16:27;
John 14:21  He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him. 
John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 
John 16:27  for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from God.
 
Are loved by Christ - Proverbs 8:17; John 14:21; 
Proverbs 8:17  I love those who love me; and those who seek me early shall find me. 
John 14:21  He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him. 
 
Enjoy communion with God and Christ - John 14:23; 
John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 
 
Decrease of, rebuked - Revelation 2:4; 
Revelation 2:4  But I have against you that you left your first love. 
 
Want of, denounced - 1Corinthians 16:22; 
1Corinthians 16:22  If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. The Lord comes! 
 
The wicked, destitute of - Psalms 35:19; John 15:18; John 15:25; 
Psalms 35:19  Let not those who are my lying enemies rejoice over me, those who hate me without cause wink with the eye. 
John 15:18  If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 
John 15:25  But that the Word might be fulfilled that is written in their Law, "They hated Me without a cause." 
 
Exemplified
 
Joseph of Arimathaea - Matthew 27:57-60; 
Matthew 27:57-60  When the evening had come, a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, came, who also himself was Jesus' disciple. 58  He went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59  When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in clean linen, 60  and laid it in his new tomb, which he had cut out of the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed.
 
 
Penitent woman - Luke 7:47; 
Luke 7:47  Therefore I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he loves little. 
 
Certain women - Luke 23:28; 
Luke 23:28  But turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 
 
Thomas - John 11:16; 
John 11:16  Then Thomas (he being called Twin) said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him. 
 
 
Mary Magdalene - John 20:11; 
John 20:11  But Mary stood outside of the tomb, weeping. And as she wept, she stooped down into the tomb. 
 
Peter - John 21:15-17; 
John 21:15-17  Then when they broke fast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs. 16  He said to him the second time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My sheep. 17  He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him a third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep. 
 
Paul - Acts 21:13; 
Acts 21:13  Then Paul answered, What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.