Monday, May 24, 2010

What is that thing called Love? - Part 2

* Additions on 26th May 2010

1. Unconditional love.
2. Parental or Filial love. *
3. Spousal love.
4. Friendship caring and loving in the Body of the Lord's anointing. *

1 Corinthians 13:2-13
: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 move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and strength I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
:6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
:8 Love never fails.
But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
:10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then 1 shall know just as I also am known.
:13 And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1. Unconditional love.

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 pretty much sums up what unconditional love means. If we have unconditional love within us, it radiates outwards causes us to love others unconditionally when we do not expect anything in return. Like bread when it is thrown into water, it slowly dissolves in water or as it slowly disappears flowing downstream never to be seen again.
But eventually, after a long period of time, the love that we give out will not return empty but will return to us manifold in the Lord.

Logically, can a person actually expect to find again that same piece of bread, which he threw into the waters? It is impossible. When we love the Lord and people in general, do we expect every person that we love to owe us something in return? How does one keep track of who owes who what? It is impossible to keep track. Unless you pick and choose whom you love, and that is why when you can see a neighbour in trouble, you will not lift a finger to help even if it is within your means to help but you do not like that person or something like that which prevents you from casting your dough ($$$) into the waters.

When you give donations, do not publicize according to “Matthew 6:3” and do not expect anything in return. When the Lord sees that which is done willingly and cheerfully out of the heart and not because of foolish pride or loftiness in publicity; the Lord will reward accordingly.

Matthew 6:3
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

Matthew 5:46
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

Luke 6:32
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Unconditional love is like the movie, Pay It Forward. A person may feel that his love and good deeds is unappreciated or like the little boy who started the “pay it forward” project in the movie thought that his project had failed after several attempts, he gives up hope not knowing that his project has reach untold numbers people all over the country.

Like a missionary who strive too hard to convert pagans to Christianity because only one or two persons came forward to confess Christ for conversion while the rest of the people went home quietly. Actual numbers of those who truly believed in their hearts are usually not made known to the preacher immediately because the sole purpose of the preacher of the Kingdom of God is to sow seeds of repentance and salvation. A preacher must never give up even though nobody responded to his preaching. A preacher must never judge his success or failure based on the number of people who came forward to accept Christ because seeds take time to grow.

Many of those people who came forward at the first call of the evangelist to accept Christ are probably not a true convert of Christ but just a “fan” of the evangelist’s enigmatic showmanship or a coward who is afraid to go to hell or even a religious fanatic who has false humility thinking about all the rewards he will have in heaven and on earth if he obeys the Lord.

2. Parental or Filial love.

1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.

Children of God are able to love unconditionally because the Lord loved us unconditionally first. The Lord at first in the beginning loves us as a parent who loves his children and then when we have matured He loves us more intimately as a husband who loves his wife and will share more secrets and wonders with us.

Parents should love their children unconditionally and should not love them blindly. Blind parents are those who do not correct their children when they are doing something wrong or bad and allow their children to do as they please even when they are doing evil works.

What parents are we if we do not admonish our children when they have gone astray? Normal parents usually makes some form of sacrifices to their normal routine life to make room and time for their children’s well-being and growth; just as the Lord Most High stooped down from the High Heavens to come near to mankind as Jesus of Nazareth to guard us and serve us; so that we can grow up strong, mighty and able to fend for ourselves. As such, parents should also learn to listen to their children’s problems and learn to observe their characteristics because the needs and attention of each child is different and as parents we must learn not to be over expectant of our children. Some parents tend to run their children’s lives like a nuclear submarine, not realising that some of the demands are beyond what the child can handle. Therefore be considerate and do not provoke your children to madness because extremities or enforcing rigid life on the young may have adverse results.

Ephesians 6:4
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Frankly speaking, a person will never really know or experience unconditional love until you have become a parent yourself. Parents are always on the giving side from the beginning when the child in the in womb until birth, a child is only aware of taking, as a baby cries to be fed and cleaned. If you do not have unconditional love, you will truly fear being a parent because the responsibility as a parent can be overwhelming and scary without the Lord’s help.

1 John 4:18
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.

As we grow in the love of our Lord, He will cast out our fears. Fear about anything and everything. Fear of the unknown, fear of the devil, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of responsibility, fear of dying, …………… and the list goes on.

When we love and have the fear of the Lord within us, we will see that all other fears will seem to grow smaller by the hour and slowly become as nothing to be afraid of because of the greatness of the Lord that will slowly outshine every evil thing in this world that causes us to fear them.

The fear of the Lord is not a scary thing but an awesome reverence.

Psalms 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Psalms 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Psalms 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 Peter 3:10
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Lucifer aka Satan our ever accuser and beguiler, even tested the Lord in saying "Does Job fear God for nought?" And so, throughout generations of man, we have been blinded by our own questions on what is the fear of the Lord. Why should we fear the Lord for nothing? Those living comfortable rich lives like Job's initial life are want for nothing and they have no reason to fear the Lord at all.
So Satan goes on to accuse us and say that surely we will curse God and die, if sudden terror and destruction were to hit us. So, did some of you curse God when your lives fall apart?
Matthew 10:28 says that we should fear him who is able to destroy both body and soul, while no matter how scary Satan tries to be, although he can kill the body but he cannot touch your soul which belongs to the Lord.

The Lord is our creator and friend, He only wants what your earthly parents want and hope for in their own children; that is MUTUAL love and respect. There should not be unnatural fear or false humility for these are Satan's lies trying to confuse us.

World English Bible
Job 1:9
Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?

King James Version

Job 1:9
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Job 1:10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

3. Spousal love.

Unconditional love between a husband and a wife are often through helping each other for mutual growth in many areas including spiritually wise as well as spending some intimate quality bonding time together to cherish one another.

The spousal love of the Lord can also be seen when He leaves the comforts of His Heavenly realms to become Jesus of Nazareth and cleaves to His people to nurture and supports us in our daily lives so that ultimately we return to the Heavenly realms with Him in Heaven. As such, this love is reflected in a man when a man leaves his parents and cleaves to his wife and his wife must also learn to support her husband in his work or needs and standby the decisions he makes for his family.

A husband’s firm commitment and unwavering love will inspire his wife to commit all of herself to her husband to love and cherish him with all her heart and strength.
Just as Christ’s unfailing love for us causes us to commit our lives to the service of the Lord, and to love the Lord and ascribe to Him all our heart and all our strength.

Traditionally and usually is the husband’s initiative for the proposal of marriage just as Christ calls all His lambs to His side. It is seldom the other way around although not unheard of, even if the woman thoroughly loves a man and asks him to marry her, it may even causes the man to develop his narcissism and pride which may end badly for this kind of marriage as he may end up being a philanderer because he may not love his wife as much as she loves him.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Ephesians 5:21
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 5:28
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Ephesians 5:29
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Some men goes all out to chase the girl of their dreams and then gets married as if it is a to-do checklist and then stops cherishing their wives and moves on to something else and some even move on to other women at the side. To these people, their actual marriage ended when they came back from their honeymoon a few days or a few weeks after their wedding.

What happened to the happily ever after?

When Isaac was seen sporting with Rebekah, they were not exactly seen playing badminton or any kind of sports, well okay, maybe some form of wrestling. Anyway, the point is that lovemaking should NOT be used as a tool for conquest or disposable lust in fornication or adultery but should be for strengthening spousal relationship.

Genesis 26:8
And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

As the Lord Most High fights through death and humiliation to be together with His people, so must the husband who being a stronger vessel than his wife should help his wife to fight to keep his family together through times of distress, trials and temptations.

A husband who abandons his wife and children because of temptations and tribulations, dishonours and brings shame to himself and pain to his family; and such abandonment wields the sharpest knife to cut asunder his wife what the Lord has joined together in Holy Matrimony.

Therefore, people should never get married too hastily or get married at too young an age. Parents should be at the first line of defense to counsel their children regarding relationships. Next would be your Church elders if parents are not available. Young people especially in their teenage years should try to understand their parents’ love for them first and foremost and then learn to love among friends and learn to cultivate friendship before they get married themselves.
Of course this is never easy when we live in a society besieged by generations of divorce and misunderstood parents and children - but with the Lord, all things are possible, even to the most complicated messed up person, if the Lord is willing, they will find peace and love in their hearts eventually somehow.

Enjoy your freedom as teenagers and young adults before you get married. What is the rush? Did not the Bible says that true love suffers long (patient) and endures all things.

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:39
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:9
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

4. Friendship caring and loving in the Body of the Lord's anointing.

Exodus 33:11
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Isaiah 41:8
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

James 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

The people that you know, are they really your friends?
Most of the time, what we have are acquaintances, colleagues and maybe some good comrade-in-arms but true friends in Christ are precious and few. Jesus the God of Israel of course is our greatest friend (John 15:13 – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”). Have you ever encountered a friend who puts your life and needs before his own?

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 13:34
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:35
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross (and resurrected on the third day) not as a pagan sacrifice to appease blood thirsty gods but as atonement from His own curse against mankind’s disobedience in Genesis 2:17.

With the blood of the New Covenant of the Lord, He will be able to dwell among His people once again, not just in the Spirit but in the flesh also just as the elders of Israel saw Him in person as clear as day and they did eat and drink (Exodus 24:8-11, 29:45).
The Lord came to UNDO His own curse, so that mankind can regain the original Garden of Eden Immortality.

God cursed mankind to become finite in the flesh because of Lucifer's corruption as the Lord needed to contain the corruption as quickly as possible before it gets out of hand. He quickly locked our powers of immortality before we destroy ourselves and the people around us.
Just imagine placing weapons of mass destruction in the hands of a disobedient angry little child. . . . . . . . . . .

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Exodus 24:8
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

Exodus 24:10
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

Exodus 24:11
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Exodus 29:45
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Religion however, turned the blood of atonement of Christ into something out of a vampire movie as this is what we see in Christianity/Roman Catholic. 1st Century Christianity’s Holy Communion was actually Passover celebrations but throughout centuries of corruption and replacement theology, it has become something sinister and evil.

If Christians insist on having their own Holy Communion instead of joining with the Jewish celebrations, then it is this: a gathering together to break bread and drink wine as in the days of Melchizedek when he met Abraham. It was just a gathering together for a light meal and prayers of remembrance to the Lord Most High to refresh Abraham and his companions on their journey.
So today, the Church can gather together for a light meal to remember Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, the God of Israel. No specific day required, as and when people are able and can have the opportunity to gather together for worship.

1 Corinthians 11:24
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:25
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Religion has made slaves of the souls of mankind, stripping us of our rights as an individual Child of God. Instead of making us realise that we are Children of God, SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD, religion entraps us into believing that we must submit to some form of systematic theology and submit ourselves to other men of higher authority who called themselves Pope, Father, Bishops, Deacons, and etc. These people do not have higher authority over other men. They have the same authority as other men in the eyes of the Lord. If those people still claim to have higher authority over other men, then let him come down from his own man made pedestal and be among the people. Live as they live, work as they work, eat as they eat, wear what they wear.

1 Peter 1:6
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 1:8
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1 Peter 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 Peter 2:17
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

The Church Institution’s biggest crime is enforcing 10 percent tithes on normal working people and what does the Church do with the money? They fund idolatry and bigotry. Instead of redistributing to the poor and funding missionaries, they build giant Churches and expand materialism to accommodate and serve the flesh and not the soul.

Always remember what donations and tithes are for; they are for relief of the poor and needy and for the spreading of the WORD of GOD as during the first century Churches.
In the days of Melchizedek King of Salem, those who paid tithes are those who can afford to pay and those who pay from the graciousness of their own hearts because of their love for the Lord Most High and the monies received were always given to needy people and to send aid and relief to distant travellers who passed by the Land.

1 John 2:5
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

James 4:4
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

If you build a giant cathedral, it is not going anywhere. Giant Churches can only hold so much and if it gets any bigger, it will burst like a balloon being pumped with too much air, but if Church ministers were to go out to the fields to walk among men, then it is THE biggest Church ever, the whole planet. How are the needs of the individual being served in giant churches? We are not attending a concert or a sports event and the Church must NOT treat itself like a Concert Hall and the Pastor as the Lead Singer.
The body of Christ is the individual person and not the Church building.
Every Child of God has a voice in his own right.
Disciples of Christ should be seen moving among the peoples of the earth to spread the Gospel of the New Covenant and the Kingdom of God instead of inviting people to go see them perform on stage.

The Lord said that the harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few because the labourers prefer to be boxed up in cages in the size of Church buildings, as most Deacons and Bishops and even Pastors prefer a Church building to the open field because in the open field they are part of the crowd and their self made high status are not recognised beyond the illusions of safety and grandeur within a Church building. Only when you take away the microphone and stop performing on that stage show called a pulpit, then you shall truly feel the freedom to preach the Word of God among individuals, families and small groups of people.

Matthew 9:37
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Preaching the Word of God also means getting to know the people at the same time. How do you know what to preach to a crowd, it is by observation to the needs of that particular crowd? Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to inspire you on what to say. The needs of different crowds of people are different everywhere. If you stuff people from all walks of life into one very large Church building, and you preach the same sermon over and over again, your sermon may only be beneficial to 10 percent of your congregation, while the needs of the other 90 percent are not met.

After a disciple of the Lord have preached in a place (seed planting), the Lord Himself will do the rest because as their Heavenly Father is also their husbandman, only the Lord will meet out what kind of education and lessons are best suited for His child.

The Lord said, call no man “father” which means that the Roman Catholic church fathers should try to cease to use that name. It is also not advisable to call each other Rabbi because only the Lord Most High is your teacher / Rabbi. Change always need time, and when King of the Jews, the God of Israel arrived to govern the world in Jerusalem, then maybe we shall see these form of self righteous human reverence slowly disappear among the religions of this world.

Matthew 23:8
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

Matthew 23:9
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Matthew 23:10
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

I remember when I was attending Church services regularly during my early teens. After Sunday service, there are activities after activities all throughout the week and somehow, it begins to feel as if the Church is my second home and I became a little distant from by own house. There are people who have grown so attached to a Church that their own home is neglected. Going to Church should not overtake your responsibility to pay attention to the individual’s family unit. The time you spend in a Church building should not exceed a few hours a day in one week. It would be better if Church ministers can come to your house instead because real problems usually lie hidden at home.

Jewish Sabbath day is a day of rest!!!
When you follow the Jews, you should not be in Church on Sundays in the first place.

Your day of rest is with your family.

You already spend 5 to 6 days working and the devil wants to add to your distress over Church attendance on your day of rest.
Satan is the task master of the Church, not God.
God wants you to rest, Satan wants to you continue working on your day of rest as the whole family puts on their Sunday best and drag themselves to Church only to be filled with the latest gossips, mindless chatter and the occasional brainwash with false doctrine of men.

Ephesians 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

I am not asking you to demolish the Church building but the Church institution and mentality must change because it chokes the life out of little seedlings. Even before a Christian has any deep roots, the Church activities itself will erode away that tiny plant of faith that is growing within his soul.

Matthew 13:22
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Today in the comfort of modern times, how far is a person willing to go or do for his friend? Today a man will even think of 10 different excuses why he would not be able take one day off to visit someone he claimed to be his beloved who is just a few thousand miles away, let alone someone who is just a friend, then, there would be no cause to visit at all. Busy schedule, inconvenient situation, awkwardness, etc, etc……. excuses, excuses as if he is embarking on a journey to the planet Pluto or a journey to Hades to save his friend ….. and yes, unconditional love among friends can be quite unprofitable, so this is another good excuse not to acknowledge your friends.

Our Lord and Saviour, the God of Israel, came all the way from the comforts of His Heavenly dimensions to save his friends, Abraham’s descendants and yet we constantly seek to always undermine His saving grace and authority on earth.

Even the son of man did not receive anything from his “so called friends”; not even the cheapest sugar cane to quench his thirst. Instead his so called “friends” prefer to weary him with their iniquities. So is there any hope left for those who are simple strangers, hungry, thirsty, naked, sick people and prisoners? Will there be any friends to visit them when their own family has cut them off?

John 1:11 “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”

Isaiah 43:24
Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.

Matthew 25:35
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Matthew 25:36
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 25:37
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Matthew 25:38
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Matthew 25:39
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

True friends are like “Jonathan and David” where they loved each other as their own soul. This is the same commandment of the Lord Most High as said in Luke 10:27 where we are to love our neighbour as ourselves.

1 Samuel 18:3
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

Luke 10:27
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Gay people must not misinterpret Jonathan and David as gays; the Lord forbid. Clearly it is written in the Bible that same sex relationships that are sexual in nature are an abomination in the sight of the Lord. But we do not judge you now, (only the Lord will judge you when He comes into His Kingdom) because the whole world has been at war for the past 6 thousand years where the forces of the fallen angels are constantly fighting against the forces of the Lord Most High. Mental confusion and strong delusions of men goes unchecked and rampant. We cannot expect to rehabilitate a person in one day, let alone rehabilitate the entire nation and generations of men in one hour. But if you feel it in your heart that what you are doing now is something wrong, it is not too late to stop doing what you are doing now and turn a new leaf and sin no more.

Ephesians 3:17
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 4:2
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Ephesians 4:15
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Ephesians 4:5
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:6
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

A true friend is quick to help but knows when to draw a line and not to be intrusive in his friend’s personal life.

A true friend is slow to anger but apt to teach in hoping that to be able to learn together.

A true friend will not cause or persuade his friends to commit sin.

A true friend will love any brethren irrespective of persons or wealth.

A true friend will not judge another friend.

A true friend will last forever.

A true friend will is true helper indeed.

A true friend will listen before he speaks.

1 John 4:20
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?

1 John 4:21
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Proverbs 22:11
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Proverbs 27:9
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

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