The epistles of the New Testament are love letters. Reading these letters, it is difficult to understand how Christians have so often strayed into the land of arrogance, judgementalism, negativity and exclusivisim. How does the Gospel of Love end up being an instrument of attack, rather than the way to more deeply and fully express the love embodied in Jesus?

be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1,2)

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight. (Philippians 1:9)

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14)

may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. (I Thessalonians 3:12)

since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love. (I Thessalonians 5:8)

pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. (I Timothy 6:11)

God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love. (2 Timothy 1:7)

pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love (Philemon 1:9)

let us consider how to provoke one another to love (Hebrews 10:24)

Let mutual love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)

You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ (James 2:8)

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth – so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply – from the heart. (I Peter 1:22)

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (I Peter 3:8)

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. (I Peter 4:8)

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. (I John 3:1)

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