Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. … Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world— just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us … This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.