1. 1 John 4:20

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen…. Read More

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This passage is so closely interwoven that we are better to read it as a whole and then bit by bit to draw out its teaching. First of all, then, let us look at its teaching on love. … Read More

2. Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. … Read More

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“Man is a talking animal,” we say. But if we are distinguished from the brute creation by the mere fact of speech, how truly are we divided from one another by the use we make of that human faculty! To what height of worthiness one man may rise, and what inestimable service he may render, but to what depth of wrong another man may fall, and what mischief he may work, by the use of his tongue! … Read More

3. 1 John 3:15

Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him…. Read More

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As Westcott has it: “Life reveals the children of God.” There is no way of telling what a tree is other than by its fruits, and there is no way of telling what a man is other than by his conduct. John lays it down that any one who does not do righteousness is thereby demonstrated to be not of God. At present we shall omit the parenthesis and go straight on with the argument. … Read More

4. Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:         haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,         a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,         a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community…. Read More

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The sixth chapter embraces four distinct discourses, each of which is a warning. The subjects treated of are … Read More

5. Leviticus 19:17-18

“‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord…. Read More

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In Leviticus 20:11 , Leviticus 20:14 , Leviticus 20:16 , 35, 36, obedience is inculcated to the eighth and the ninth commandments, which are the laws of honesty and of truthfulness; in Leviticus 20:12 to the third commandment, which is the law of reverence; in Leviticus 20:17 , Leviticus 20:18 , 33, 34, to the sixth commandment, which is the law of love; in Leviticus 20:20 , 29, to the seventh commandment, which is the law of purity; in Leviticus 20:9 , Leviticus 20:10 , Leviticus 20:13 , the s… Read More

6. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…. Read More

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For many this is the most wonderful chapter in the whole New Testament and we will do well to take more than one day to study words whose full meaning not a lifetime itself would be sufficient to unveil. … Read More

7. John 15:18

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first…. Read More

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It is always John’s way to see things in terms of black and white. To him there are two great entities–the Church and the world. And there is no contact and no fellowship between them. To John it is, … Read More

8. Proverbs 8:13

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. … Read More

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14. Fourteenth admonitory discourse concerning Wisdom—her excellence, her origin, her gifts. She is contrasted with the strange woman of Proverbs 7:1-27 ; and the exceeding greatness of the blessings which she offers exhibits in the most marked manner the nothingness of the deceiver’s gifts. One is reminded of the celebrated episode of the choice of Hercules, delineated by Xenophon, ‘Memorab.,’ 2.1. 21, etc. The chapter divides itself into four sections. … Read More

9. John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”… Read More

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Jesus was laying down his farewell commandment to his disciples. The time was short; if they were ever to hear his voice they must hear it now. He was going on a journey on which none might accompany him; he was taking a road that he had to walk alone; and before he went, he gave them the commandment that they must love one another as he had loved them. What does this mean for us, and for our relationships with our fellow-men? How did Jesus love his disciples? … Read More

10. Psalms 97:10

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. … Read More

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Metrically, the psalm consists of four stanzas, each of three verses. There is nothing in its contents to fix its date. … Read More