Scripture for Stewardship
Doing What Love Requires and Scripture
As recorded in John 13, at the Passover supper, just before his betrayal by Judas, Jesus gives the new commandment: "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Jesus loved in word and in deed and so it is for us to do as well.
Both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are replete with the commandant to love, and as followers of Jesus, we understand love as a verb. It is an action. It requires something of us. One of those actions is to give of our resources so that, together, we can carry out God's work in the world. This is what love requires of us.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5 NIV
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
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. No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30 -31 (similar in Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27)
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
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 4:18-19
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12