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Why We Have Been Given the Capacity to Love – Part 1

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If someone has a particular capacity, a capacity for something or a capacity to do something, they have the qualities required to do it.”[1]

The Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God

God is at once both light and love.[2]  To abide in and enjoy His love we must therefore abide in and enjoy His light.[3]

Psalms 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.

I John 1:5-7This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

I John 2:3-5And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in him.

John 14:21He 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 15:10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

By creating us in His image of light and the likeness of His love, God created us with the capacity to love as He loves through the light of His Spirit—through the light of His countenance abiding within us and around us.[4]  John wrote plainly of God’s countenance and His call upon our lives to be like Him in this world.

I John 1:3,4That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1 John 3:10,11In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil; whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

I John 4:13-17Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us,[5] because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world.

Being given this unique capacity to love allows each of us to become one with our Creator in both light and love as vessels of His Holy Spirit—as His temple, His habitation.[6]

II Corinthians 4:6,7For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

All who choose to so dwell in and to express God’s love through His light, shown forth in His Only Begotten Son, have eternal life.[7]

John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish; but have everlasting life.

I John 2:9,10He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

I John 3:14-16We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Only by dwelling in the light and love of God can we truly come to know Him as our heavenly Father and thereby become joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ.[8]

John 17:3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Isaiah 63:16Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not; thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Matthew 6:9,10Therefore after this manner shall ye pray, saying, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Romans 8:14-17For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption; whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Ephesians 5:1,2Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.

Now the End of the Commandment is Charity

Charity is the pure love of Christ.  It is the greatest of all love and it is the love God bestows upon those who love Him and abide in His light and love by following His Son.[9]

Moroni 7:53Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail; But charity is the pure love of Christ, And it endureth forever; And whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with them.  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love which He hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of His Son Jesus Christ, that ye may become the sons of God, that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him—for we shall see Him as He is—that we may have this hope, that we may be purified even as He is pure. Amen.

I Corinthians 13:13And now abideth [remains, endures forever] faith, hope, charity, these three [best gifts[10]]; but the greatest of these is charity.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

To this end then the Father works to perfect the love of Christ in all who willingly receive His Spirit of truth in the hope that they may abide with Him in His kingdom.[11]

Matthew 5:50 Ye are therefore commanded [quickened by God’s virtuous Word] [12] to be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

I Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

I Peter 1:22,23 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God [Jesus Christ], which liveth and abideth forever.

But do we want to be like our Creator in light and love?  Do we want to live in accordance with the love of Christ?  These are serious and eternal questions that we must answer in this life, in the here and now.  God, as love, is not of a mind to answer these questions for us or to settle this matter independent of us.[13]

Matthew 6:24No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

Joshua 24:15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

I Kings 18:21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Alma 16:9For thus saith the scripture, Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.

D&C 37:2bBehold, here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself until I come.  Even so.  Amen.

The Power of God Unto Salvation

Yes, God has commanded us to love Him and each other.[14]  He does not, however, force us to so love as He loves—even though He created us for this purpose.[15]  Instead, with His command to love as Christ loves us comes His offer of an enabling power we can receive to love as He loves by His grace and to His glory.  Our capacity to love is to be made manifest by this unique power to love revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

I Thessalonians 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance [of the Comforter[16]]; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

II Timothy 1:7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.

Just as Jesus commanded the blind to see and the lame to walk, so He commands His followers to love as His Father in heaven loves.[17]  His command equips them with power to love and to share the gospel throughout the earth by way of the same power.[18]  Those who do not harden their hearts against His command to love, or who do not stiffen their necks against the yoke of Christ, will be filled with the necessary power for this purpose.[19]

Matthew 5:50Ye are therefore commanded to be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

I Corinthians 4:6,7For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

God has given each of us our life on earth for a limited time to choose light and love for ourselves.[20]  To agree to be like God in light and love is to choose to live in agreement with and according to the fullness of His image and likeness manifest in Jesus Christ.[21]

I John 5:1-3Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and everyone that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

Luke 14:28,29Therefore, settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you.  For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have money to finish his work?

As our Creator, God delights in (is pleased with) us when we choose to love Him and other people by faith according to His power.  He therefore gives this power to us to enable our God-given capacity to love and thereby to become one with Him.[22]

John 17:22,23And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Waiting to be coerced by God to so love does not elicit His loving favor.[23]

Briefly understood, then, love is giving.[24]  Instead of using force to constrain us to love, God extends to each of us every necessity for us to love Him and each other by the power resident in the ministry of His abiding Word, Jesus Christ.[25]

Zechariah 4:6… Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

John 6:63It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I [Jesus] speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

II Corinthians 3:17Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Follow In His Footsteps

In addition to writing God is light and God is love, John also wrote of how our love for God is made manifestly evident when we keep His commandments.

I John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

II John 1:5,6And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Jesus is our example in all things pertaining to righteousness.[26]  So did Jesus then express His love for the Father through obedience?  Yes, for as it is written of Him, throughout Jesus’ life among us in this world He kept His heavenly Father’s commands with the utmost devotion and reverence for Him.

John 10:17,18Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received of my Father.

John 12:49,50 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 15:9,10 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Evidence of this devotion was revealed early on in His life when Jesus said to His parents, “Knew ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”[27]

In reply to Jesus’ devotion to Him, our heavenly Father declared He was well pleased with Jesus.  At this same time, the Father commanded us to hear Jesus in all things.  His purpose in calling us to so hear Jesus was to have us follow in His footsteps by faith in His words.[28]

Matthew 17:3,4 … This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

I Peter 1:21-25For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously; Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Abraham, a True Friend of God

Abraham demonstrated his love for God by his obedience in following God’s commands, especially in offering up his beloved son Isaac unto Him at His command.[29]

Hebrews 11:17-19By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called; Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Genesis 22:22And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 26:4,5And I will make thy [Isaac] seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Abraham’s confidence to offer up his son was founded in Abraham seeing the day in which Jesus Christ would come into the world to atone for the sins of the world and then be raised from death to offer eternal life to whosoever would believe on Him.[30]

John 8:56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.

Genesis 18:17,18And the angel of the Lord, said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which the Lord will do for him; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  For I know him, that he will command his children, and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.

James highlighted the link between Abraham’s faith and his obedience by reminding us of how Abraham was called the friend of God for believing God unto obeying His voice.[31]

James 2:22Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how works wrought with his faith, and by works was faith made perfect?  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.  Ye see then that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Like Enoch and Noah before him,[32] Abraham found grace in the sight of God through loving obedience.  God therefore covenanted with him to bless and prosper him and his generations, by lineage and faith, unto the end of the earth.[33]  Abraham hoped against hope by standing by faith on the promises of God to him and to his family yet unseen.

I Nephi 5:130-132He ruleth high in the heavens, for it is His throne and this earth is His footstool.  And He loveth them which will have Him to be their God; Behold, He loved our fathers, And He covenanted with them, yea, even Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, And He remembered the covenants which He had made.

Romans 4:17-21As it is written, I have made thee [Abraham] a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were; who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb; he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

We too may be called the friends of God if we keep the commands of Jesus, which He gives to us from the Father.[34]  For all who love God by keeping His commands, as did Abraham, are his children and thus friends of God with Abraham.[35]

John 15:14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Said another way, by faith in our Lord’s commands, we too can become the children of Abraham by loving God as Abraham loved God through obedience.  This was true of the twelve disciples Jesus chose to minister to Lehi’s posterity.[36]  In teaching nothing varying from the words of Jesus, they demonstrated their love and devotion for Him as their Lord.

Those who truly love the Lord do not stray from His commands and ordinances.[37]  Rather, like Abraham of old, they demonstrate their devotion to God through the same faith, hope and charity evidenced in his life.[38]

Genesis 15:12And it came to pass that Abram [later named Abraham] looked forth and saw the days of the Son of Man, and was glad, and his soul found rest, and he believed in the Lord; and the Lord counted it unto him for righteousness.

For by the scriptures reviewed here we see that Abraham truly had faith, hope, and charity.  He not only had faith and hope in Christ, Abraham also loved God by obedience to this end so He might dwell with Him in the kingdom of God forever.

Hebrews 11:10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham did not just exercise faith or demonstrate that he had hope.  He demonstrated love for God, a love that was revealed in his walking with God like Enoch before Him.  In keeping with his love for God, Abraham had looked for the city of Enoch, a city made by faith—not by the hands of men—according to the promises of God.[39]

By walking with God, Abraham was like those who dwelt in Enoch’s city.[40]  According to the prophecy given to Enoch, Abraham was then blessed by the Messiah coming into the world through his lineage by faith.[41]

This is the Condemnation

By His grace and in the light of His Son, our heavenly Father gives us the freedom to choose what and whom we love.[42]  This gift to so love is what allows us to choose to love God and each other.  At the same time, it permits us to choose not to love God and others.[43]

Our capacity to love also allows us to love darkness (evil, wickedness) in place of God’s light manifested through His revealed Word, Jesus Christ.[44]  Choosing to love darkness not only does not bring God’s favor upon us, it also brings us under His condemnation which results in eternal death to God—that is, if we fail to turn back to Him in the time allotted us to receive and live by His light and love.[45]

Psalm 36:1-4 The wicked, who live in transgression, saith in their hearts, There is no condemnation; for there is no fear of God before their eyes.  For they flatter themselves in their own eyes, until their iniquities are found to be hateful.  The words of their mouth are full of iniquity and deceit. The wicked man hath left off to be wise, and to do good; He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good.

Romans 7:10And when I believed not the commandment of Christ [the Light] which came, which was ordained to life, I found it condemned me unto death.

John 3:18-20He who believeth on him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned; but he who believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed on the name of the Only Begotten Son of God, which before was preached by the mouth of the holy prophets; for they testified of me.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.  For every one who doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 

Because we have the capacity to harden ourselves against God and pursue our own wills and ways, there is the possibility for us to enter eternity entirely separate from God’s presence and thus separate from His light and love.  God understands this, and so He is longsuffering in allowing us to experience tribulation in the hope we will choose Him and eternal life in His kingdom by prizing the good.

Romans 8:20-25For the creature was made subject to tribulation not willingly, but by reason of him [God] who hath subjected it in hope; Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then with patience we do wait for it.

Genesis 6:57And the Lord spake unto Adam, saying, Inasmuch as thy children are conceived in sin, even so, when they begin to grow up sin conceiveth in their hearts, and they taste the bitter, that they may know to prize the good.

All who choose to act upon their God-given capacity to receive and express Christ’s pure and perfect love—for Him and all people—are not under His condemnation.[46]

Romans 8:1,2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Choosing to abide in and by God’s love involves taking up our cross and following Jesus unto expressing His sacrificial love by that faith which works by love.[47]

Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

John 15:12-14This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Accepting God’s call to us to follow Jesus brings not only cleansing and regeneration,[48] but it also brings freedom (liberty) and power to do the good works our heavenly Father has ordained for us to do as bearers of His image and likeness.[49]

Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

This is not all.  God’s call to us to love also commissions us to share the gospel with others so they too may be made partakers of the precious gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18,19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, unto the end of the world.  Amen.

Alma 3:108I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church.  And unto those which do not belong to the church, I speak by way of invitation, saying, Come and be baptized unto repentance that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.

A More Excellent Way

Every command God gives us is achievable by faith in His Word, Jesus Christ.[50]  Take, for instance, the command to be holy as God is holy.[51]  The Father sent His Son to baptize us with fire and the Holy Ghost for this very purpose—for us to be holy.  By obeying God’s Word in being baptized, we enter into a covenant to keep God’s commands and thereby fulfill all righteousness in His new covenant, in which God writes His laws inside of us.[52]

Jeremiah 31:31-34Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord; But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Moroni 8:29And the firstfruits of repentance is baptism, And baptism cometh by faith, unto the fulfilling the commandments, And the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins, And the remission of sins bringeth meekness and lowliness of heart, And because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, Which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, Which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come when all the saints shall dwell with God.

Alma 5:25-29Therefore, come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, which is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.  Yea, I say unto you, come and fear not, And lay aside every sin which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction.  Yea, come and go forth and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with Him to keep His commandments, And witness it unto Him this day by going into the waters of baptism; And whosoever doeth this and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth, the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit which testifieth in me.  And now my beloved brethren, do you believe these things?

What about the command to be perfect?[53]  Again, God sent Jesus Christ into the world for this purpose, to perfect in us His light and love whereby we may be like Him in this world.

I John 4:7-10Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

I John 4:16-18And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Ephesians 4:11,12And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

Because loving others by Jesus Christ’s love does not come naturally to us due to our fallen earthy nature, we must therefore place our hope in Jesus Christ to be able to fulfill God’s commands regarding love.[54]

II Corinthians 9:15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Romans 8:24,25 For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then with patience we do wait for it.

Ether 5:10-13Wherefore, ye may also have hope and be partakers of the gift, if ye will but have faith.  Behold, it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God; Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given.  But in the gift of His Son hath God prepared a more excellent way, and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled; or if there be no faith among the children of men, God can do no miracle among them; Wherefore, He showed not Himself until after their faith.

From these and the following passages of scripture, we see that by our Lord’s design, we are 1) purified by hope, 2) filled with love by hope, and 3) ultimately saved by our hope to be like Jesus.

I John 3:1-3Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Romans 5:5,6And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Ecclesiastes 3:21-24 – This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

That Ye Bear Much Fruit

Jesus Christ is our life.[55]  In Him we live and move and have our being.[56]  Therefore, without faith in Him and His name, we can do nothing that pleases the Father.[57]

Colossians 1:16-18For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him; he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

John 15:4-7Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Since all things were created by Jesus Christ and are maintained by Him, what then is our heavenly Father expecting from us?  Jesus explained our Father’s expectations of us in His teaching on the True Vine.  He identified Himself as the Vine and His disciples as branches grafted into Him by the Father to bear Him much fruit.[58]

John 15:1…7,8I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman… If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Note how bearing fruit for the Father is what it means to be Jesus’ disciple.[59]  To be His disciples we are grafted into Jesus by the Father for the express purpose of bearing our heavenly Father fruit to His honor and glory.[60]  For He is the husbandman (gardener, cultivator).  But what specifically is that fruit for which our Father is looking?

As the One who cultivates the True Vine, our Father in heaven expects and anticipates that we, as branches, will bear Him fruit unique to His True Vine, that of the fruit of His Spirit of truth.[61]  This is the only fruit meet for His kingdom.[62]

Galatians 5:22,23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:9For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.

Romans 14:17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

If a Man Abide Not in Me

In giving us the capacity to love, God made us stewards of this precious gift of bearing Him fruit by way of the power given to us in His Spirit.  If we are found to be unfaithful in our stewardship of the gift of His love—by not bearing Him fruit—this gift can be taken from us.[63]  It bears repeating,[64] then that every person who does not abide in Jesus to bear the Father the fruit He is seeking, the Father will take that person away from Jesus.[65]

John 15:2-6Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he [the Father] taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth [by the Father] as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Hebrews 3:14,15 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; while it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Is there hope for those who sin by failing to so love as God loves?  Will they be cut off from Jesus by His Father for even the slightest of infractions?  Thankfully, to His honor and praise, Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father.[66]  He is the designated mediator between God and man; a Mediator who is committed to intercede forever for those who repent and come to Him in faith by believing on His words.[67]

I John 2:1,2My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. But if any man sin and repent, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Hebrews 7:23,24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

To heal any breach that may form in the graft between us (as branches) and our Lord (as the True Vine), we must do more than just feel sorry.[68]  We must actively choose to repent and love others as Jesus loves us sacrificially.[69]  For when we were enemies to God, Christ died for us.[70]  As part of His body, the church, we are to likewise lay down our lives for each other in sacrificial love.

I John 3:14-18We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue only; but in deed and in truth.

Romans 13:8-10Therefore owe no man anything, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

To be sure we understand that there is a possibility of being taken away from Jesus Christ by the Father, this next scripture passage shows us that it is possible for us to depart from and become separated from the living God.  Such a separation comes of hardening our hearts against His Spirit by choosing to love darkness and bitterness[71] rather than God’s light and love.

Hebrews 3

7   Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,

8   Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

9   When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

The above passage also reveals how the Holy Ghost calls us to forsake darkness and endure in coming to the light of Christ so we may enter into God’s rest in His kingdom.[72]   There, in His kingdom, we are able to partake of the love of God by partaking of the tree of life, which is a representation of His love.[73]

Remember then how power is embedded within all God’s commands to accomplish them by faith in Jesus Christ, including His command to love even our enemies and thus become perfect in love like our Father in heaven.[74]  This miracle is possible because all power in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus Christ by the Father.

Matthew 28:17-19And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, unto the end of the world. Amen.

Through His commands and the power that comes with them, God not only gives all the obedient direction and power, but He also gives them vision and purpose.  For none of His commands are punitive in nature.  All are edifying through His Spirit which quickens us.[75]

John 1:16-18For in the beginning was the Word, even the Son, who is made flesh, and sent unto us by the will of the Father.  And as many as believe on his name shall receive of his fullness.  And of his fullness have all we received, even immortality and eternal life, through his grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but life and truth came through Jesus Christ.  For the law was after a carnal commandment, to the administration of death; but the gospel was after the power of an endless life, through Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father.

I John 1:1-4Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

I am not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ

Thankfully, God did not make us mere robots, as creatures who need to be controlled in all the various aspects of our daily lives.  Rather, He chose to make us stewards of His own image of light and likeness of love.  By so doing, God gave us the opportunity to become one with Him.

Through faith in Jesus Christ, God gives us this capacity and liberty to freely set our hearts on loving Him, and to act upon this love so we might have the fullness of joy.[76]  As such, it is truly sad to see a history of evil in the world that has resulted from people choosing to harden their hearts against God and His light and love shown forth in Jesus Christ.

The freedom to act out of love is the finest of gifts of stewardship.  It is truly incredible for God to have gifted us the capacity to act on what we choose to love and what we set our hearts upon. If we abuse this capacity to love by loving darkness over light, instead of joy this capacity will fill us with the regret that comes of being under God’s condemnation.

While the love of darkness has brought the whole world under condemnation, we do not have to remain separated from God and His love.[77]  This condemnation stems from remaining carnally minded instead of receiving the mind of Christ.[78]  By loving darkness rather than light, we reject His instructions to love the light God has sent into this world by the One and only true Light who can bring peace and harmony among us.

By God sending His living and abiding Word into the world in the flesh to atone for sin He has provided us with the way to be freed from the condemnation that comes of loving darkness.  To receive His precious gift of the atonement of Christ, we must exercise faith in Him by believing in His name, which name means He will save us from our sins.[79]

I Timothy 3:16The pillar and ground of the truth is, (and without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness,) God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Hebrews 1:1-3God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Romans 1:16,17 … I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed through faith on his name; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Mosiah 1:103And lo, He cometh unto His own that salvation might come unto the children of men, even through faith on His name.

D&C 17:6a And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.

In practical terms, Jesus came among us as the Word of God so we might live by God’s every word for us,[80] and thereby love as He loves.  Again, this involves loving others by Jesus’ perfect (complete) love, charity.[81]

To be constrained by Jesus Christ’s perfect love is true and perfect joy.  It is the greatest gift of God, for in His love we receive the gift of eternal life.[82]  Without His love abiding in us, our love is wholly inadequate to live a meaningful and beneficial life according to God’s purposes for creating us in the beginning in His image and likeness of light and love.

Each day a complex array of the actions of the many other stewards around confronts us with decisions about love.  Although we all start out as novices, in time we gain experience in being stewards over our choices to love others, including our enemies.  We mature in this stewardship at differing rates.  We must take care then not to become disillusioned or jaded or even embittered over the challenges to love presented to us in this world.[83]

Awkward as we may be at times in our stewardship of love, God yet allows us to taste the bitter so we might come to prize the good.[84]  We have the capacity to hurt ourselves and others when we fail to love what God loves.  Yet God has seen fit to maintain our stewardship of love in this probationary state in the hope that we will choose Him in love.[85]

If we choose to come to love God and each other through Christ,[86] we will begin to see how God has chosen to rule the universe by His sacrificial, redemptive love.  In doing so, we will also see how He has chosen to link our lives together through the bond of charity[87] so we might freely act together within the gift of His light and love—versus outside of His light and love through, for example, legalism or a self-determined dictatorial mindset.

In fine, God has given us this very short life (compared to eternity) to settle this one thing in our hearts:  whether it is better to love as He loves,[88] or to be captives of the darkness of this present world.[89]  Those who choose to live in His kingdom of light and love will be free to live in the liberty these two special characteristics of God’s countenance.

Let Us Go on unto Perfection

To conclude this study, this present world presents us with challenges and situations that come of everyone acting upon what they love on an individual basis, either by loving darkness or the light of God.  As such, there are plenty of things that will test our love.

Although God created us to be like Him, as love our Lord is now asking us if we want to be what He created us to be.  The love we hold in our hearts (for light or for darkness) will be manifested by our deeds, and our deeds then become our answer to His question and form the basis of His judgment of us.[90]

II Corinthians 5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that everyone may receive a reward of the deeds done in the body; things according to what he hath done, whether good or bad.

Instead of being forced to live under a dictatorship, I for one am glad to live in a kingdom where God gives us this capacity to live as stewards of His light and love.  Even though this is a chaotic world where people try out and live out what and who they love, I am glad God chose to test us for a season instead of concluding the matter for us.  By giving us the liberty to choose, we are involved in where He will eventually usher us on into eternity.

Recall how there are four possibilities where our Lord will usher us on an individual basis into eternity.  We will be restored to the same condition we are in when we die, either as unjust, filthy, righteous, or holy.[91]  Thus, each of us will go on into eternity according to how we have chosen to live in this world based on our capacity to love (good or bad).

Revelation 22:11-14He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Therefore, my hope and prayer are that we all will go on unto perfection by our love becoming perfect through the light of God dwelling within us by His Son, that is, by His everlasting Word abiding in us.  For God is in His Word reconciling the world to Himself.[92]

John 14:21He 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.

I John 4:16-18 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Hebrews 6:1-3Therefore not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.  Of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  And we will go on unto perfection if God permit.


[1] https://grammar.collinsdictionary.com/english-usage/what-is-the-difference-between-ability-capability-and-capacity

[2] I John 1:5 & I John 4:8,16 with Daniel 2:23John 3:14-17 & Romans 5:1-11

[3] John 1:11-18 with I John 4:9-17

[4] Genesis 1:27-29 & Isaiah 42:5-8 with Matthew 5:15-18, John 15:4,5; cf. D&C 85:2a,b with D&C 83:7a-e; see Romans 8:14-21 & Ephesians 1:12-14 with Genesis 6:62. Note the parallels in this sentence by comparing image with light and presence, and by comparing likeness with love and countenance.

[5] John 15:4-7 with John 17:15-23

[6] cf. I Corinthians 3:16,17I Corinthians 6:14-20, I Corinthians 12:3-31, II Corinthians 4:5-7, II Corinthians 6:16 & Ephesians 2:19-22 with John 17:6-23, II John 2:7-11 & II Peter 2:19-21; cf. John 10:30 with D&C 38:6a; cf. Acts 7:48-50 & Acts 17:24-28 with Alma 16:235

[7] John 8:12 & John 12:35,36 with Matthew 4:12-16

[8] John 5:25, 7:16-19 & 8:31,32,36 (14:6 & 16:12-16) with Isaiah 9:6, John 1:14-16, I John 4:16,17 & John 10:4,13,27,28

[9] John 10:4,13,27,28 & I Peter 2:21-25 with Romans 8:28,29, Hebrews 13:20,21 & John 14:21-25

[10] Romans 5:5 with I Corinthians 12:4-31, I Corinthians 13:1-13 & I Corinthians 14:1 (Revelation 19:10)

[11] Moroni 7:50-52 & Moroni 8:18,19 with John 13:34,35, Ephesians 2:8,  I John 4:16,17 & I Corinthians 13:1-13

[12] I Nephi 1:65 with Luke 17:11-2, John 5:8, John 8:10-12 (see “Quickened Together in Christ” starting on page 12 in That Ye May Be Healed).  Note:  All of God’s creation is quickened (made alive) by His eternal commands (e.g. Romans 8:11 & Hebrews 1:1-3 with Genesis 6:57-64).  Because God has given mankind the capacity to love in His light, we have the ability to either abide in or harden our hearts and stiffen our necks to His commands, His words (Hebrews 3:7-19 & Hebrews 4:1-16).  If we harden our hearts against the Lord, we can eventually become broken off from Christ (Romans 11:17-22 with John 15:1-11) for failing to bear God the fruit of His Spirit by faith on His words (John 15:1-11 with Galatians 5:1-26).

[13] cf. Luke 14:26-38 IV with Luke 8:1-18 & D&C 83:7a-7i

[14] Matthew 22:34-39 & Mark 12:33-40 with Matthew 5:40-50, John 13:34,35, John 15:10-14 & Genesis 7:40

[15] Isaiah 43:6-7 & Revelation 4:11 with I Corinthians 15:41-44 & D&C 85:6c-7

[16] Hebrews 11:1 with Hebrews 10:22

[17] Matthew 5:45-50 with John 3:16 & John 13:34,35

[18] Matthew 28:17-19 with Romans 12:1-21

[19] Matthew 11:30 with Hebrews 3:8-15 & II Corinthians 5:14,15

[20] Alma 9:38-61 & I Nephi 3:27-36 with Genesis 6:57, Philippians 2:12-16 & Hebrews 3:5-19; More on this topic may be found in https://hisworkmanship.net/why-we-live-in-an-open-enrollment/

[21] Hebrews 1:1-3 & Philippians 2:5-13 with Colossians 1:9-29& Hebrews 10:1-25

[22] Hebrews 11:1-6, I John 3:1-3,11-24 & I John 4:7-21 (esp. 17,18) with Psalm 37:18-24, Proverbs 11:20, Proverbs 15:8, Jeremiah 9:24, etc.; cf. I Nephi 5:126-137 with Deuteronomy 4:37-40; cf. Revelation 5:8 with D&C 24:3b

[23] I Corinthians 9:17, James 4:17, Matthew 25:24-31, Isaiah 42:21,22, Proverbs 6:6-11, etc. with D&C 58:6f

[24] John 3:16 with Isaiah 9:6,7

[25] John 1:11-16, John 5:15-48, John 15:7-15, Colossians 1:9-29 & Philippians 4:13 with I Nephi 1:65 & I Nephi 5:58-60; cf. D&C 83:7a-e & D&C 90:1a-4c with II Corinthians 3:17

[26] John 8:12 & John 12:35,36 with Matthew 5:15-18; see also I Peter 2:21-25 with II Nephi 13:7-13

[27] Luke 2:49

[28] Matthew 17:4-7 with Acts 3:22-26 & III Nephi 9:60,61

[29] Genesis 22:22 & 26:5 with Hebrews 11:8 & 11:17-19 and with Galatians 5:6 & I Nephi 5:131,132

[30] cf. John 3:14-17 & John 10:17,18 with Genesis 17:3-33

[31] Genesis 13:15 & Genesis 15:1-12 with Genesis 26:5 (Hebrews 11:17-19), Isaiah 41:8 & II Chronicles 20:7

[32] Hebrews 11:5 & Genesis 8:16 with I Nephi 5:131,132

[33]

[34] John 17:4-10 with

[35] John 15:14,15 (as opposed to James 4:4) with John 1:1-18 & Romans 4:1-25

[36] e.g. Isaiah 2:5, Isaiah 53:6 & Jeremiah 18:12,18 with II Nephi 8:21 & IV Nephi 1:13,29-33

[37] Abraham was unlike those spoken of in latter day scripture who stray from God’s words.  See D&C 1:3d,3e with D&C 83:7f-7i.

[38] Genesis 15:4-12 with John 8:56

[39] Hebrews 11:8-11 with Hebrews 10:13-20

[40] Genesis 7:77

[41] Genesis 7:59 with John 8:56

[42] John 8:12 & John 12:35,36 with I John 4:8-21 I Peter 1:22-25; cf. John 8:31-36 with II Corinthians 3:17

[43] Joshua 24:14,15 with II Nephi 1:119-125; cf. Colossians 3:1-17 with Isaiah 7:14-16 & II Corinthians 5:17-21

[44] John 1:11-16 & I John 1:1-5 with Alma 18:11,12

[45] Hebrews 3:7-19 & Hebrews 4:1-16 with Psalm 95:6-11; see also Alma 9:21-32 with II Nephi 6:71,72, D&C 90:5c & D&C 81:1a-2; see also Mormon 2:13,14 versus Jacob 5:39-41, Alma 12:21-27 & Alma 21:132-143 & Alma 25:44; see also Ephesians 3:14-21, Mosiah 2:1-29, Moroni 7:53 & D&C 85:18a with I John 2:10,11

[46] Romans 8:1-11, Galatians 5:13-24, Matthew 4:12-15 (Isaiah 9:2) & John 12:35,36 with D&C 83:7a-7i, D&C 85:1c-3b (85:18a) & D&C 90:1a-6d; see also Acts 10:34,35 & I Peter 1:22-25 with Hebrews 11:1-6; cf. John 8:29 & Romans 15:3 with Isaiah 55:11

[47] Galatians 5:5,6 with Galatians 2:20,21 & Romans 8:1-14; cf. John 15:9,10 with John 10:17,18

[48] I John 1:6-9 with Romans 8:1-14

[49] John 1:11-16, John 13:34,35, John 14:10-12, I John 4:17 with Luke 7:19-22, John 14:8-12 & Acts 10:36-43; Matthew 16:25-30 with I Peter 2:20-25

[50] John 14:6 & Philippians 4:13 with I Nephi 1:65 & I Thessalonians 5:14-24

[51] I Peter 1:13-16 with II Timothy 1:7-10

[52] III Nephi 4:49,50 with Matthew 3:38-46, Mark 1:6-9, Luke 3:23,24 & John 1:27-33; see also Hebrews 8:7-13 with Romans 11:25-36 & II Nephi 13:4-17

[53] Matthew 5:40-50 with Philippians 3:8-15

[54] Hebrews 10:38 & Hebrews 11:1 with Romans 1:16-32, II Nephi 6:74 & Galatians 3:8-14

[55] Colossians 3:1-4 with Acts 17:28 & John 15:3-11

[56] Acts 17:28 with I Corinthains 12:13-31

[57] John 15:3-11

[58] cf. John 15:1-8 & John 17:6-26 with Matthew 5:15-18 & Luke 8:15

[59] Matthew 5:15-18 with Luke 8:1-18

[60] Matthew 5:15-18 with John 14:12

[61] John 14:15-27 with John 16:13-15; cf. Galatians 5:14-26 with D&C 98:13d

[62] cf. D&C 83:8c & D&C 98:13d with Matthew 3:34-39, Matthew 6:38,39, John 14:15-27 & Romans 12:9-21

[63] Matthew 25:13-31 with Matthew 6:16, Matthew 18:21-34 & Matthew 25:32-47; cf. Hebrews 3:14 with Hebrews 10:23-27; cf. Romans 11:20-23 with Revelation 22:12-14

[64] cf. John 8:38 & John 12:49,50 with John 15:1-6

[65] cf. Luke 3:14 & Alma 3:90 with Mark 11:14-24

[66] cf. I John 5:1-12 with I John 2:1,2 & D&C 45:1a-1e

[67] I Timothy 2:4-6 & Hebrews 9:11-16 with Hebrews 7:23,24

[68] II Corinthians 7:9-11 with I Peter 4:12-14

[69] John 15:12-14 & Matthew 25:32-47 with John 13:34,35, I John 3:10-19 &  I John 5:1-3

[70] Romans 5:6-11

[71] Alma 19:75 with Ephesians 4:31,32 & Hebrews 12:14,15

[72] Hebrews 3:12 & I Corinthians 10:17 with Jude 1:14-19, John 15:2 & D&C 3:16a-18; cf. III Nephi 9:60,61 with Acts 3:22-26

[73] Revelation 22:1-5 & Revelation 22:12-14 with I Nephi 3:63-69

[74] Hebrews 1:1-3 & I Thessalonians 1:5 with Matthew 28:17-19; cf. John 16:33 with Matthew 5:40-50, I John 5:1-12 & Hebrews 4:15,16

[75] John 5:21 & John 6:63 with John 1:16

[76] e.g. II Nephi 1:115-125 with Alma 15:55

[77] John 3:18,19

[78] Romans 8:5-8 & II Nephi 6:74 with I Corinthians 2:9-16

[79] Matthew 2:4 (Matthew 1:21 KJV) with Helaman 2:72,73

[80] Matthew 4:4 with Deuteronomy 8:3

[81] I John 4:9,10 with Moroni 7:49-53

[82] II Corinthians 5:14,15 with I Corinthians 13:1-13; see also I John 4:7-9 with D&C 6:5e & D&C 12:3b

[83] Galatians 6:6-10

[84] Genesis 6:57 with II Nephi 1:95-128 & D&C 28:10d

[85] Romans 8:19-23

[86] Matthew 5:50 (Matthew 5:48 KJV) with I John 4:16-18

[87] Colossians 3:14 with Colossians 2:2

[88] Matthew 5:40-50

[89] II Nephi 6:19-50 with II Corinthians 4:3,4

[90] Matthew 12:30,31 with Revelation 22:11-14

[91] Alma 8:99-107 & Alma 19:62-71 with Alma 16:218-239

[92] II Corinthians 5:19 with II Nephi 7:40-44