In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Then God said,Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
And God said to Moses,I AM WHO I AM.And He said,Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you."
Jesus said to them,Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.
For the LORD is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.
As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one;
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
Jesus said to her,I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we are still sinners, Christ died for us.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and sayingTeacher, which is the great commandment in the law?Jesus said to him,You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it:You shall love your neighbor as yourself.On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.