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Lesson 27

Jesus made it clear to the crowds and his disciples that love was the most desirable trait God wants. Love is the trait that will never expire. It is the one trait that will enable those who have it to overcome any obstacle. Love is the trait that most people long to have, but the one that is hardest to practice. True love comes from knowing and following the directions of God. It can be hard to find in our world and when it is, it is often fleeting or a shadow of the true love Jesus brought for the world. Whenever I hear the 1984 song, I Want To Know What Love Is, by Foreigner, I think of mankind’s second resurrection heartfelt plea to finally learn about the love and forgiveness Jesus has brought them. Those who never knew Jesus before will finally learn of his love. How has salvation come to mankind? What must mankind do to receive salvation? How many different ways are there for people to receive salvation? Find your Bible references.

Matthew 22:37-40 New King James Version
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

1 Corinthians 13:8-10…12 J.B. Phillips New Testament
7-8a Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. 8b-10 For if there are prophecies they will be fulfilled and done with, if there are “tongues” the need for them will disappear, if there is knowledge it will be swallowed up in truth. For our knowledge is always incomplete and our prophecy is always incomplete, and when the complete comes, that is the end of the incomplete. 12 At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror. The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face! At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God now knows me! 13 In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 Easy-to-Read Version
33 “In the future I will make this agreement with the people of Israel.” This message is from the Lord. “I will put my teachings in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 People will not have to teach their neighbors and relatives to know the Lord, because all people, from the least important to the most important, will know me.” This message is from the Lord. “I will forgive them for the evil things they did. I will not remember their sins.

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