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Matt. xxii. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Rom. xiii. 9. James ii. 8.
John xiii. 34. A new commandment I give unto you, 'hat ye love one another, as I have loved you; that ye love one another. Ch.
Ver. 35, By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if have love one to another.
Rom. xii. 9. Let love be without dissimulation.
xiii, 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law.
Ver. 10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Gal. v. 14. All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, thon shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Ver. 15.
Eph. v. 2. Walk in love, as Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us.
Phil. i. 9. I pray that your love may abound more and more. Heb. x. 24. Let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works.
xiii. 1. Let brotherly love continue. 1 Pet. iii. 8. Love as brethren. 1 Pet. i. 2. See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. ii. 17. Honour all men, love the brother-hood.
1 John ii. 10. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
iii. 11. This is the message that ye have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Ver. 14. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
Ver. 18. My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1 John iii. 23. This is God's commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
iv. 10. God loved us, and sent his Son, to be the propitiation for our sins.
Ver. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Ver. 20. 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?
Ver. 21. And this commandment had we from God, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.
2 John 5. That commandment we have from the beginning, that we love one another.
II. Of the cause of love, and how it is produced. Prov. xvii. 9. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love.
xviii. 24. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Heb. x. 20. Let us provoke one another to love and to good
Gal. v. 6. Faith worketh by Love.
Ver. 22. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, &c.
Ver. 16. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.
v. 2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.
III. Prayers and thanks to God for Christian love, as being his gift. 1 Thess. iii. 12. The Lord make you to increase and abound in love, one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you. Ch. iii. 1. Col. ii. 2.
Eph. i. 15. After I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Ver. 16. I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
IV. The influence and effests of love upon the temper and behaviour of Christians, one toward another, or how love is evidenced.
Rom. xii. 12. Be kindly affectionate one to another, with brotherly love.
xiii. 10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour. 13. By love serve one another.
Eph. iv. 2. Forbearing one another in love.
Ver. 15. Speaking the truth in love. Ver. 16. Edifying in love. Phil. ii. 2. Be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Philem. 9. For love's sake, I beseech thee.
1 John iii. 18. Let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, &c. See duties of husbands and wives, ministers and people, Commandment Fifth..
V. Charity with other graces enjoined. 1 Cor. viii. 1. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
xiii. 1. Though I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Ver. 2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Ver. 3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Ver. 4. Charity suffereth long and is kind, charity envieth not, charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;
Ver. 5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.
Ver. 6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth. Ver. 7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1 Cor. xiii. 8. Charity never faileth.
Ver. 13. Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.
xiv. 1. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. xvi. 14. Let all your things be done with charity.
Col. iii. 14. Above all things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
1 Tim. i. 5. The end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.
ii. 15. The woman shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith and charity, and holiness, with sobriety.
iv. 22. Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
2 Tim. ii. 22. Flee youthful lusts, but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Tit. ii. 1. Speak the things that become sound doctrine.
Ver. 2. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in the faith, in charity, in patience.
1 Pet. iv. 8. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover a multitude of sins. Prov. x. 12.
v. 14. Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.
2 Pet. i. 5. Add to your faith, virtue, knowledge,
Ver. 6. Temperance, patience, godliness,
Ver. 7. Brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, charity. Jude ver. 12. Your feasts of charity.
VI. Approved examples of charity, and other graces. 2 Thess. i. 3. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all, toward each other, aboundeth. 1 Thess. iii. 6.
2 Tim. iii. 10. Thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictons, &c.
Rev. ii. 18. To the angel of the church of Thyatira, write these things, saith the Son of God.
Ver. 19. I know thy works and charity, and service and faith, and patience. See ver. 3. John ver. 6.
See instances of charitable conduct toward others. 1 Cor. viii. 9, 12, 13.
VII. Hatred, threatenings against it. Lev. xix. 17. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart.
Ps. xxxiv. 21. Evil shall slay the wicked, and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
Prov. xxix. 10. The blood-thirsty hate the upright.
Ezek. xxxv. 5. Because thou (mount Seir) hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel;
Ver. 6. Therefore as I live, saith the Lord, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee.
Amos v. 10. They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
Mic. iii. 2. Who hate the good, and love the evil, Matt. x. 22. Jesus said, ye shall be hated of all men, sake. Ch. xxiv. 9.
xxiv. 10. They shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. John vii. 7. The world hateth me, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
xv. 18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Ver. 19. If you were of the world, the world would love his own, but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Ver. 20.
xvii. 14. Jesus said of his disciples, the world hath hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Tit. iii. 3. We ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
1 John ii. 9. He that hateth his brother is in darkness. Ver. 11. iii. 13. Marvel not, brethren, if the world hate you.
Ver. 15. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death, whosoever hateth his brother, is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 John iv. 20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar, for he who loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
VIII. The duty of the righteous toward those that hate them. Exod. xxiii. 5. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burthen, thou shalt surely help with him.
Matt. v. 44. Do good to them that hate you.
Rom. xii. 21. Overcome evil with good.
IX. Prayers and complaints to God, against the hatred of the wicked. Ps. ix. 13. O Lord, consider my trouble, which I suffer of them that hate me.
Ixix. 14. Let me be delivered from them that hate me. See also Ps. xxv. 19.-xxxv. 19.-xxxviii. 19.-xli. 7.—lv. 3.—lxxxvi. 17.
X. Promises to those that are unjustly hated, and threatenings against their haters.
Job viii. 22. They that hate thee shall be cloathed with shame.
xliv. 7. Thou hast put them to shame that hated us.
Ps. cvi. 10. He saved his people from the hand of him that hated
cxviii. 7. The Lord taketh my part, therefore I shall see my desire on them that hate me.
Isa. Ixvi. 5. Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word, your brethren that hated you, and cast you out for my name's sake, said, let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Luke vi. 22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name, as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Luke vi. 23. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for behold your reward is great in heaven..
See Gen. xxiv. 60. Deut. vii. 15.—xxx. 7.—xxxiii. 11. The righteous hate only the haters of God. 2 Chron. xix. 2. Ps. xxvi. 5.— xxxi. 6.-lxviii. 1.-cxxxix. 21, 22. Ps. xv. 4.
XI. Envy forbidden to the righteous. Prov. xxiii. 17. Let not thine heart envy sinners, but be thou in the fear of the Lord, all the day long.
xxiv. 1. Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. Ver. 19.
Ps. xxxvii. 1. Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Rom. xiii. 13. Let us walk honestly, not in strife and envying. 2 Cor. xii. 20. I fear lest there be envying amongst you.
Gal. v. 28. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Pet. ii. 1. Laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and evil speaking.
Ver. 2. As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby. See Ps. Ixxiii. 2. Compare Job xxi. 7. Jer. xii. 1. Hab. i. 3. Prov. iii. 31. Isa. xi. 13. James v. 13.
XII. The wicked, their envy hurtful to themselves. Job v. 2. Envy slayeth the silly one.
Prov. xiv. 30. Envy is the rottenness of the bones.
XIII. Envy toward others, is a mark of an unconverted state.
Matt. xxvii. 18. The Jews for envy delivered Jesus to be put to death. Mark xv. 10.
Acts v. 17, 18. The Jews filled with envy, laid their hands on the apostles, and put them into the common prison.
vii. 9. The patriarchs moved with envy sold Joseph.
xiii. 45. The Jews filled with envy spake against the things that were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Ch. xvii. 5. Rom. i. 29. The reprobate mind is filled with all unrighteousness, envy, &c.
Phil. i. 15. Some preach Christ of envy.
1 Tim. vi. 4. Doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, &c.
Tit. iii. 3. We (in our unconverted state) were foolish, living in malice and envy.
James iv. 5. The spirit that dwelleth in us, lusteth to envy.
1 Cor. iii. 3. Whereas there is among you envying and strife, &c. are ye not carnal?
Gal. v. 19. The works of the flesh are envyings, murders, &c. Ver. 21.
James iii. 14. If ye have bitter envyings and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Ver. 15. This wisdom descendeth nor from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.