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"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us."
...Ephesians 2:4

(God has such great understanding because His love is so intense toward us. We too can increase understanding with these keys -Ephesians 3:17,18,19; Hebrews 11:3

Daniel made a decision to set his heart to understand, and answers came.

"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men,even as we do toward you."
...1Thessalonians 3:12

 "The first condition of real life is something to love, and the second condition is something to revere." ... Jowett

Many college students live on love the love of their parents!

Only 'right' we have is to love -Ephesians 4:1-3. If you're an unloving person, you have no rights, you only think that you have them -Romans 13:8 "Owe no man any thing but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
    What law? -Galatians 5:14 "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Romans 13:10 "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." James 2:8 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well."

Love is why life is worth living. Not loving is dangerous! Even with all the disappointments we have, life is still life, love is life, and hate, resentment and anger are part of the way of death.

To love is the sum of life and yet how many think they are living who feel unable to be loved and love in return! Those who deserve love least, need it most!

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." ...Victor Hugo

Another key to open up understanding is 2Corinthian 3:16 with 1John 4:8,16.

Loving one another is the highest thing we can do on this human plane.
    But what is it that breeds love? -Luke 7:47
    And how do we show it? 
    Having compassion makes a difference in keeping one's self and others in the love of God -Jude 1:21,22. God 'keeps' us near Him the more of His love we understand. It's the same in any relationship; we only enjoy being around those who love us (accept us unconditionally, see our best, are non condemnatory, are helpful, kind, understanding, generous, and have fun with).

Without love, we might as well close the door tomorrow on the human race. Love knows no boundaries.

Love is a direction, not so much a destination. In true love there is no change of direction -Hebrews 13:5 ".....for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Ephesians 2:4 "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us." God calls people to Him, not with threats of punishment, but with kindness.

"The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they are still alive."
... O.S. Battista
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"Love that never tells its story, that never utters itself in word, or gift, or service, fades away into drowsy indifference." ...Jowett
We just don't believe that God loves as much as He does to have planned what He has planned () and is implementing it for us all in this great plan of Earth, man and God.
    If we have never been loved-(abused neglected child, told we were no good, stupid, etc.), we find the concept of God's love little more than flowery phraseology. Ask God for help to see yourself as God sees you, and that IS-holy, righteous and perfect. That's how He right now, and from now on, will forever see you
    Just as you had nothing to do with the sin you were born into, you also had nothing to do with God's free gift of righteousness, reconciling you to have a relationship with Him. All of us long for a relationship with someone who would love us unconditionally.
    And, this relationship with God is all just beginning, and goes on after the physical life you and me are now leading is long over with.
    You came here from there, just for learning.

One of love's expressions is a smile. Do you ever think of God as smiling at you because He's happy with you? -Jeremiah 31:3 "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love. Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." Romans 8:31

"Agape" is the word God inspired to be used in the Bible when He says that He loves us.. That word, in the original Greek, means 'rapport', 'a relationship with'. It's love-(feeling, thoughts, partnership with, etc.)-in a relationship that is constantly deepening and increasing in understanding of each party.
    When rapport exists, each time together the relationship takes a step up, somehow, even after working out problems. If Christ is in both parties this should always happen.
    Use the baseball rule in relationships--three strikes and you're out! If it gets to the 3 strikes point in a relationship, something's wrong. One or both of you are stubborn, hardhearted, and overly concerned about the self. It'll just get worse as the years go by. But if you're in a relationship already like that, and, many years have gone by, consider yourself as having done pretty well. Why screw it up even more by a major change?
    But, know this -God never strikes you out! He has the power to change us.. His love is not--'do things for me and I'll do them for you', as it is with many unspiritual persons in relationships. His love is 'baby, I love you any way you are, and if you don't like the way you are, I can change yuh!'

True love is devoid of a guarded-(hypocrisy)-aloof 'sophistication', where one is fearful of showing any 'weakness'. 
    True love expresses from incredible strength, and is unafraid if personal vulnerability is noticed by another, as true love is imbedded within the source of all love and power and confidence -James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

1John 4:7,8,11,16 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and every one that loves is born of God. He that loves not, doesn't know God, for God is love.....Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another...And we have known (original Greek is 'experienced') and believed the love that God has to us....."

God is all love, pure love, brilliant love, love through and through great love. It's His nature to care, to be concerned, to be compassionate, to be merciful, to be kind, to be forgiving, and to now overlook, thanks to God killing Jesus so we can have a clear path for a relationship with this spiritual family of God.
    Love is not just an attribute of God, rather, it's His complete nature, used in all He plans, thinks, and does -1John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." Love is all these things. Love is His purpose -1John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all."
    Believing God loves you makes your love perfect -1John 4:16,17. Believing God allows more of His Holy Nature, the Holy Spirit, to indwell you, and your nature's base now is as His

What is love? And what about loving too much? One of the tragedies of modern life is that love is often being defined by those who have yet to experience it.
    1John 4:16 "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth (original Greek is 'stays in a given place') in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
    How encouraging. Isn't that just great!-One of the things Christ wants is for you know that the Father loves you. Love God. Love others.
    Your new nature will lead you to love. Our love is being made perfect, and the more we are sure God dwells in us, the more we are as He is in our dealing in society -1John 4:16,17 "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. Because as he is, so are we in this world."-...continue?

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