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Love is to feel the joy of another as joy in oneself.
Love is the MORE excellent way!
Love is the MOST excellent way!
It is the only thing that as the power to
preform miracles in and around the heart.
It is one thing to love someone because he can be of service and use to you but quite another to love someone because you can be of service and use to him! Enemies can do the former but only real friends can do the later!
What is real love but love of self overcome and transferred into a passion of self-giving for others.
1 John: 4:8 - 12 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Continuation: 18 - 21 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. We love him, because he first loved 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? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.