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"If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother or sister, they are a liar; for the one who does not love his brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:20


"Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light . . ."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 2:7-10


"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made manifest in us."    - John the beloved ; I John 4:12


"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love."    - Jesus ; John 15:9


"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."    - Jesus ; John 13:34,35


"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:11


"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:7


"We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love remains in death."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 3:14


"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him."    - John the beloved ; 1 John 4:16


"The history of mankind is crowded with evidences proving that physical coercion is not adapted to moral regeneration, and that the sinful dispositions of men can be subdued only by love; that evil can be exterminated only by good; that it is not safe to rely upon the strength of an arm to preserve us from harm; that there is great security in being gentle, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy; that it is only the meek who shall inherit the earth; for those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword."      - Leo Tolstoy ; The Kingdom of God Is Within You


"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    - Jesus ; John 13.34, 35


"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    - John the Beloved ; John 13:35


"A theology of love cannot afford to be sentimental. It cannot afford to preach edifying generalities about charity, while identifying ‘peace’ with mere established power and legalized violence against the oppressed. A theology of love cannot be allowed merely to serve the interests of the rich and powerful, justifying their wars, their violence and their bombs, while exhorting the poor and underprivileged to practice patience, meekness, longsuffering, and to solve their problems, if at all, nonviolently. A theology of love may also conceivably turn out to be a theology of revolution. In any case, it is a theology of resistance, a refusal of the evil that reduces a brother or sister to homicidal desperation . . .  Instead of preaching the Cross for others and advising them to suffer patiently the violence which we sweetly impose on them, with the aid of armies and police, we might conceivably recognize the right of the less fortunate to use force, and study more seriously the practice of nonviolence and humane methods on our own part when, as it happens, we possess the most stupendous arsenal of power the world has ever known."
   - Thomas Merton ; Toward a Theology of Resistance


“Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself others by first do no harm or take no more than you need. What if the mightiest word is love? Love beyond marital, filial, national, love that casts a widening pool of light, love with no need to pre-empt grievance. In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun. On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp, praise song for walking forward in that light.”    - Elizabeth Alexander ; Praise Song for the Day


"Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”    - Jesus ; Matthew 22.37-40


"Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, nor will rivers overflow it; if a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, it would be utterly despised."    - Solomon the wise ; Song of Solomon 8:6-7


"Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. But the one [whose love] endures to the end, he will be saved."    - The Apostle Matthew ; Matthew 24:12-13


"When days grow dark and nights grow dreary, we can be thankful that our God combines in his nature a creative synthesis of love and justice which will lead us through life’s dark valleys and into sunlit pathways of hope and fulfillment."

   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart


"The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:8


"No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:12


"Hatred ever kills, love never dies - such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred."    - Mahatma Gandhi ; Unsourced Quotations


"I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love."    - Red Cloud ; Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)


"When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very far behind."    - Dr. Emilie M. Townes ; Journey to Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology


"We can come to know the world as paradise when our hearts and souls are reborn through the arduous and tender task of living rightly with one another and the earth. Generosity, nonviolence, and care for one another are the pathways into transformed awareness. Knowing that paradise is here and now is a gift that comes to those who practice the ethics of paradise. This way of living is not Utopian. It does not spring simply from the imagination of a better world but from a profound embrace of this world. It does not begin with knowledge or hope. It begins with love."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 409


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