THE PLUMB LINE IS LOVE A PRINCIPLE?
LOVE IS APPARENT: UNIVERSE 1 JOHN 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. What is love? MATTHEW 22:35-39 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying, Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
LOVE IS VERTICAL & HORIZONTAL BY DEFINITION MATTHEW 22:37, 39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
LOVE PRECIPITATES ACTION DEUTERONOMY 4:12, 13 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only [ye heard] a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, [even] ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. EXODUS 20:3-17 (Ten Commandments) MATTHEW 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
LOVE WITHOUT LAW… JAMES 2:10-12 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. HEBREWS 4:12, 13 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
LOVE IS A PRINCIPLE MATTHEW 5:27, 28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. MATTHEW 19:5-8 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
…They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
LOVE SEEKS NO UNJURY TO OTHERS 1 CORINTHIANS 6:18 [Fornication: His/her body] 1 PETER 4:3 [Lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries] are the will of the gentiles. • Love for God: REVELATION 12:17 • Keep the commandments • The Testimony of Jesus Christ PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
LOVE FOR GOD: TRANSFORMING NOT CONFORMING ROMANS 12:1, 2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 But we all, …are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
LOVE FOR GOD: NEW/CLEAN HEART 1 PETER 3:2-4 …But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.