One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that JESUS had given them a good answer, he asked HIM, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
The most important one," answered JESUS, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD, the LORD is ONE.
LOVE the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
The second is this: 'LOVE your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:28-31Niv
Then Peter came to JESUS and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
JESUS answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22Niv
As soon as Judas left the room, JESUS said, “The time has come for the SON OF MAN to enter into HIS GLORY, and GOD will be glorified because of HIM.
And since GOD receives glory because of the SON, HE will soon give glory to the SON.
Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for ME, but you can’t come where I am going.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: LOVE each other. Just as I have loved you, you should LOVE each other.
Your LOVE for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Simon Peter asked, “LORD, where are you going?”
And JESUS replied, “You can’t go with ME now, but you will follow me later.”
"But why can’t I come now, LORD ?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”
JESUS answered, “Die for ME? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know ME. John 13:31-38Nlt
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in GOD, and trust also in ME. There is more than enough room in my FATHER’S home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with ME where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, LORD,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
JESUS told him, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one can come to the FATHER except through ME.
If you had really known ME, you would know who MY FATHER is.
From now on, you do know HIM and have seen HIM!”
Philip said, “LORD, show us the FATHER, and we will be satisfied.”
JESUS replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen ME has seen the FATHER! So why are you asking me to show HIM to you?
Don’t you believe that I am in the FATHER and the FATHER is in ME?
The words I speak are not my own, but MY FATHER who lives in ME does HIS work through ME.
Just believe that I am in the FATHER and the FATHER is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen ME do.
“I tell you the TRUTH, anyone who believes in ME will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the FATHER.
You can ask for anything in MY NAME, and I will do it, so that the SON can bring GLORY to the FATHER. Yes, ask ME for anything in MY NAME, and I will do it!
“If you LOVE ME, obey MY commandments. And I will ask the FATHER, and HE will give you another ADVOCATE, who will never leave you.
HE is the HOLY SPIRIT, who leads into all TRUTH. The world cannot receive HIM, because it isn’t looking for HIM and doesn’t recognize HIM. But you know HIM, because HE lives with you now and later will be in you.
No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see ME, but you will see ME. Since I live, you also will live.
When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my FATHER, and you are in ME, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who LOVE ME. And because they LOVE ME, MY FATHER will love them. And I will LOVE them and reveal MYSELF to each of them.”
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to HIM, “LORD, why are you going to reveal YOURSELF only to us and not to the world at large?”
JESUS replied, “All who love ME will do what I say. MY FATHER will LOVE them, and WE will come and make our home with each of them.
Anyone who doesn’t LOVE ME will not obey ME. And remember, MY WORDS are not MY OWN. What I am telling you is from the FATHER who sent ME.
I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the FATHER sends the ADVOCATE as MY REPRESENTATIVE—that is, THE HOLY SPIRIT—HE will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really LOVED ME, you would be happy that I am going to the FATHER, WHO IS greater than I AM. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the FATHER requires of ME, so that the world will know that I LOVE the FATHER. Come, let’s be going. John 14:1-31Nlt
GOD is SPIRIT, and HIS worshipers must worship in the SPIRIT and in TRUTH. John 4:24Niv
The woman said, "I know that MESSIAH" (called CHRIST) "is coming. When HE comes, HE will explain everything to us."
JESUS declared, "I, the ONE speaking to you--I AM HE." John 4:24-26Niv
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and THE SPIRIT OF GOD was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2Niv
Whoever does not LOVE does not know GOD, because GOD is LOVE.
This is how GOD showed his LOVE among us: HE sent HIS ONE and only SON into the world that we might live through HIM.
This is LOVE: not that we LOVED GOD, but that HE LOVED us and sent HIS SON as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since GOD so LOVED us, we also ought to LOVE one another.
No one has ever seen God; but if we LOVE one another, GOD lives in us and HIS LOVE is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in HIM and HE in us: HE has given us of HIS SPIRIT.
And we have seen and testify that the FATHER has sent his SON to be the SAVIOR of the world.
If anyone acknowledges that JESUS is the SON OF GOD, GOD lives in them and they in GOD.
And so we know and rely on the LOVE GOD has for us. GOD is LOVE. Whoever lives in LOVE lives in GOD, and GOD in them.
This is how LOVE is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like JESUS.
There is no fear in LOVE. But perfect LOVE drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in LOVE.
We LOVE because HE first LOVED us. 1 John 4:8-19Niv
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to GOD who gave it" Ecclesiastes 12:7Niv
"It is the SPIRIT who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the WORDS that I have spoken to you are SPIRIT and are LIFE. John 6:63Nasb