God's Words of Comfort

 

A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:


Love – God's Love – Affection – Camaraderie – Love of God – Rapport – Relationship – Brotherhood


Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. Exodus 20:16-17 (KJV)
 
Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV)
 
The LORD didn't set His love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples: but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, has the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand. Deuteronomy 7:7-8 (HNV)
 
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11 (KJV)
 
You have been kind to me, and Your grace has been with me, and Your care has kept my spirit safe. Job 10:12 (BBE)
 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He lYellowstone Still Lakeeads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalms 23:1-6 (NKJV)
 
I know that You delight in me, Because my enemy doesn't triumph over me. Psalms 41:11 (WEB)
 
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul after You, God. Psalms 42:1 (WEB)
 
Your mercy is great, stretching up to the heavens, and Your righteousness goes up to the clouds. Psalms 57:10 (BBE)
 
Because Thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. Psalms 63:3 (KJV)
 
I will get rid of anyone who whispers evil things about someone else; I will not tolerate anyone who is proud and arrogant. Psalms 101:5 (GNT)
 
Oh give thanks to the God of Heaven; For His loving kindness endures forever. Psalms 136:26 (WEB)
 
I spread forth my hands to You. My soul thirsts for You, like a parched land. Psalms 143:6 (WEB)
 
Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind. Yahweh raises up those who are bowed down. Yahweh loves the righteous. Psalms 146:8 (WEB)
 
He takes pleasure in those who honor Him, in those who trust in His constant love. Psalms 147:11 (GNT)
 
For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12 (NKJV)
 
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it"—when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor,who dwells trustingly beside you. Proverbs 3:27-29 (ESV)
 
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17 (ESV)


Lake Yellowstone  SunsetHatred stirs up trouble, but love forgives all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 (NCV™)
 
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. Proverbs 11:12 (KJV)
 
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a kind word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 (WEB)
 
He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. Proverbs 14:21 (NKJV)
 
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (WEB)
 
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble. Better is a simple meal where love is, than a fat ox and hate with it. Proverbs 15:16-17 (BBE)
 
People enjoy giving good advice. Saying the right word at the right time is so pleasing. Proverbs 15:23 (NCV™)
 
Love and truth bring forgiveness of sin. By respecting the Lord you will avoid evil. Proverbs 16:6 (NCV™)
 
A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble. Proverbs 17:17 (BBE)
 
He who has a generous eye will be blessed; For he shares his food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 (WEB)
 
There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand: an eagle flying in the sky, a snake moving on a rock, a ship finding its way over the sea, and a man and a woman falling in love. Proverbs 30:18-19 (GNT)
 
Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband trusts in her. He shall have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, All the days of her life. Proverbs 31:10-12 (WEB)


Poppies and LupineA time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:8 (KJV)
 
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their work. And if one has a fall, the other will give him a hand; but unhappy is the man who is by himself, because he has no helper. So again, if two are sleeping together they are warm, but how may one be warm by himself? And two attacked by one would be safe, and three cords twisted together are not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (BBE)
 
Love is as powerful as death; passion is as strong as death itself. It bursts into flame and burns like a raging fire. Water cannot put it out; no flood can drown it. But if any tried to buy love with their wealth, contempt is all they would get. Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (GNT)
 
"The mountains may be taken away, and the hills be moved out of their places, but My love will not be taken from you, or My agreement of peace broken," says the Lord, who has had mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10 (BBE)
 
"I have loved you, O My people, with an everlasting love; with loving kindness I have drawn you to Me." Jeremiah 31:3 (TLB)
 
"I don't want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don't want your offerings—I want you to know Me." Hosea 6:6 (TLB)
 
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 (KJV)
 
"Therefore tell them: Thus says the LORD of Hosts: 'Return to Me,' says the LORD of Hosts, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD of Hosts." Zechariah 1:3 (HNV)
 
The Word of the Lord came to Zechariah: "The Lord of Hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another." Zechariah 7:8-10 (HCSB)
 
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its salty taste, it cannot be made salty again. It is good for nothing, except to be thrown out and walked on. You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don't hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lamp stand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:13-16 (NCV™)
 
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?" Matthew 5:43-46 (HNV)
 
"Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets." Matthew 7:12 (GNT)
 
"He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." Matthew 10:37 (KJV)
 
"Honor thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matthew 19:19 (KJV)
 
"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
     Jesus answered,
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 (GNT)
 
Sierra Road Fall ColorsNow a crowd was sitting round Him; so they tell Him, "Your mother and Your brothers and sisters are outside, inquiring for You."
    
"Who are My mother and My brothers?" He replied. And, fixing His eyes on the people who were sitting round Him in a circle, He said, "Here are My mother and My brothers. For wherever there is one who has been obedient to God, there is My brother--My sister--and My mother." Mark 3:32-35 (WNT)
 
"Whenever you stand praying, if you have a grievance against any one, forgive it, so that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your offences." Mark 11:25 (WNT)
 
Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what will I do to inherit eternal life?"
     He said to him,
"What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"
     He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
     He said to him,
"You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live." Luke 10:25-28 (WEB)
 
"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?"
     "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said,
"Go and do the same." Luke 10:36-37 (The Message)
 
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17 (KJV)
 
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 (WEB)
 
"If ye love Me, keep My commandments… He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." John 14:15, 21 (KJV)


"Even as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and remain in His love." John 15:9-10 (WEB)
 
"This is My commandment to you, to love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this--a man laying down his life for his friends." John 15:12-13 (WNT)
 
God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 (WNT)
 
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (WEB)
 
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37 (ESV)
 
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Romans 12:1 (The Message)
 
Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right. As for brotherly love, be affectionate to one another; in matters of worldly honor, yield to one another. Romans 12:9-10 (WNT)
 
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not give false testimony," "You shall not covet," and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love doesn't harm his neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the Law. Romans 13:8-10 (WEB)
 
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NRSV)
 
We know that "we all have knowledge." Knowledge puffs you up with pride, but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 (NCV™)
 
[1 Corinthians 13 is commonly referred to as the “Love Chapter” in the Bible, where Paul presents true love’s characteristics and accomplishments:]
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
     Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
     Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away… So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13 (ESV)

 
Pumpkins2Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (WEB)
 
My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. The whole Law is made complete in this one command: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Galatians 5:13-14 (NCV™)
 
Brothers and sisters, if someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin, too. By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the Law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2 (NCV™)
 
So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters. Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT)
 
Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6 (NLT)
 
But God's mercy is so abundant, and His love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience He brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 (GNT)
 
And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God Himself. Ephesians 3: 17-19 (TLB)
 
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)
 
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her… So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:25, 28 (NKJV)


Steel Gray Cloud FrontThis is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good; that you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ; that you will do many good things with the help of Christ to bring glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NCV™)
 
In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ Himself was like God in everything. But He did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for His own benefit. But He gave up His place with God and made Himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when He was living as a man, He humbled Himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused His death -- death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (NCV™)
 
You are the people of God; He loved you and chose you for His own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 (GNT)
 
The purpose of this command is for people to have love, a love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a true faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 (NCV™)
 
The Lord corrects everyone He loves, and punishes everyone He accepts as a child. Hebrews 12:6 (GNT)
 
Let brotherly love always continue. Do not neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests. Remember prisoners, as if you were in prison with them; and remember those suffering ill-treatment, for you yourselves also are still in the body. Hebrews 13:1-3 (WNT)
 
Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn't change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon. James 1:17 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 (WNT)
 
Last of all, see that you are all in agreement; feeling for one another, loving one another like brothers, full of pity, without pride: Not giving back evil for evil, or curse for curse, but in place of cursing, blessing; because this is the purpose of God for you that you may have a heritage of blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9 (BBE)

Above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:8-9 (NKJV)
 
He who loves his brother man continues in the light, and his life puts no stumbling-block in the way of others. 1 John 2:10 (WNT)


Glacier Mountain GoatDo not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, there is no love in his heart for the Father. 1 John 2:15 (WNT)
 
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it - we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who He is or what He's up to. But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows how we'll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll see Him - and in seeing Him, become like Him. All of us who look forward to His Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:1-3 (The Message)
 
The Message that you have heard from the beginning is to love each other. Don't be like Cain. He was a child of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did Cain murder his brother? Because the things Cain did were evil and the things his brother did had God's approval. Brothers and sisters, don't be surprised if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love other believers. The person who doesn't grow in love remains in death. 1 John 3:11-14 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave His life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers. Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God's love be in that person if he doesn't bother to help the other believer? Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. 1 John 3:16-18 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (WEB)
 
Utah OverlookBeloved, if God loved us so, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 (WEB)
 
As for us, we know the love which God has for us, and we confide in it. God is love, and he who continues to love continues in union with God, and God continues in union with him… Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love. We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:16, 18-19 (WNT)
 
If a man says, I have love for God, and has hate for his brother, his words are false: for how is the man who has no love for his brother whom he has seen, able to have love for God whom he has not seen? And this is the Word which we have from Him, that he who has love for God is to have the same love for his brother. 1 John 4:20-21 (BBE)
 
The fact that we love God Himself, and obey His commands, is a proof that we love God's children. 1 John 5:2 (WNT)
 
The love of which I am speaking consists in our living in obedience to God's commands. God's command is that you should live in obedience to what you all heard from the very beginning. 2 John 6 (WNT)
 
Keep yourselves safe in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which will result in the Life of the Ages. Jude 21 (WNT)
 
"I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act." Revelation 3:19 (GOD’S WORD®)


 
 
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