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And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

– Luke 10:27 (AMPC)

When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.

– Psalm 94:18 (AMPC)

He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.

– Proverbs 21:21 (AMPC)

There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

– 1 John 4:18 (MSG)

No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.

– John 15:13 (AMP)

May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ.

– 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (AMP)

“This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.

– John 15:12 (AMP)

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For I trust in You.
Teach me the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

– Psalm 143:8 (AMP)

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.

– Isaiah 54:10 (AMP)

And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:13 (AMP)

And may the Lord cause you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

– 1 Thessalonians 3:12 (AMP)

For I have said, “Goodness and lovingkindness will be built up forever;
In the heavens [unchangeable and majestic] You will establish Your faithfulness.”

– Psalm 89:2 (AMP)

He has brought me to his banqueting place, And his banner over me is love [waving overhead to protect and comfort me].

– Song of Solomon 2:4 (AMP)

See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

– 1 John 3:1 (AMP)

The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

– Zephaniah 3:17 (AMP)

Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.

– Romans 12:9 (AMP)

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].

– Proverbs 10:12 (AMP)

If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

– John 14:15 (AMP)

Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].

– 1 Corinthians 16:14 (AMP)

But You, O Lord, are a God [who protects and is] merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.

– Psalm 86:15 (AMP)

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].

– 1 Peter 4:8 (AMP)

Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].

– Colossians 3:14 (AMP)

Owe nothing to anyone except to love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman].

– Romans 13:8 (AMP)

For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our sins, sending them away, completely letting them go forever and ever]; And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You.

– Psalm 86:5 (AMP)

Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].

– Ephesians 4:3 (AMP)

Sitting down [to teach], He called the twelve [disciples] and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all [in importance] and a servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35 (AMP)

God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

– John 4:24 (AMP)

We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].

– Romans 6:4 (AMP)

“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.

– Jeremiah 17:7 (AMP)

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”

– Luke 6:38 (AMP)

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.

– John 3:17 (AMP)

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.

– James 1:5 (AMP)

What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?

– Romans 8:31 (AMP)

“For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord],
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

– Isaiah 41:13 (AMP)

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. And the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.

– Isaiah 65:17 (AMP)

Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.

– Romans 4:7 (AMP)

The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his [godly] beliefs— How blessed [happy and spiritually secure] are his children after him [who have his example to follow].

– Proverbs 20:7 (AMP)

And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up and restore the age-old foundations [of buildings that have been laid waste]; You will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

– Isaiah 58:12 (AMP)

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,

– Philippians 3:13 (AMP)

So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

– Hebrews 4:16 (MSG)

There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

– 1 John 4:18 (MSG)

A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life],But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.

– Proverbs 16:9 (AMP)

Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].

– Colossians 3:15 (AMP)

So teach us to number our days, That we may cultivate and bring to You a heart of wisdom.

– Psalm 90:12 (AMP)

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

– Hebrews 13:6 (AMP)

It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22-23 (AMP)

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

– Romans 5:5 (AMP)

And I will give them one heart [a new heart], and put a new spirit within them. I will take from them the heart of stone, and will give them a heart of flesh [that is responsive to My touch],

– Ezekiel 11:19 (AMP)

But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

– Micah 7:7 (AMPC)

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].”

– Revelation 21:5 (AMPC)

Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

– 1 Peter 1:3 (AMPC)

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!

– Psalm 31:24 (AMPC)

Surely there is a future [and a reward], And your hope and expectation will not be cut off

– Proverbs 23:18 (AMP)

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

– 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMPC)

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

– Isaiah 43:19 (AMPC)

And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.

– Luke 2:52 (AMPC)

Now when they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.”

– Matthew 2:13 (AMP)

And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts—gold and frankincense and myrrh.

– Matthew 2:11 (AMPC)

And she too came up at that same hour, and she returned thanks to God and talked of [Jesus] to all who were looking for the redemption (deliverance) of Jerusalem.

– Luke 2:38 (AMPC)

For with my [own] eyes I have seen Your Salvation,

– Luke 2:30 (AMPC)

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!

– Luke 2:11 (AMPC)

So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger.

– Luke 2:16 (AMPC)

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

– Luke 2:15 (AMPC)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

– Luke 2:8 (AMPC)

And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.

– Luke 2:7 (AMPC)

And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

– Luke 2:12 (AMPC)

And He has raised up a Horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Helper, the Author of salvation] for us in the house of David His servant—

– Luke 1:69 (AMPC)

Blessed (praised and extolled and thanked) be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and brought deliverance and redemption to His people!

– Luke 1:68 (AMPC)

But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit.

– Matthew 1:20 (AMPC)

Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].

– Luke 2:14 (AMPC)

And He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages; and of His reign there will be no end.

– Luke 1:33 (AMPC)

He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David,

– Luke 1:32 (AMPC)

And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

– Luke 2:4 (AMPC)

Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.

– Luke 1:35(AMPC)

And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.

– Luke 1:30 (AMPC)

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

– Zechariah 9:9 (AMPC)

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

– Luke 2:10 (AMPC)

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.

– Isaiah 9:6 (AMPC)

And you shall have joy and exultant delight, and many will rejoice over his birth,

– Luke 1:14 (AMPC)

She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].

– Matthew 1:21 (AMPC)

But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity).

– Malachi 5:2 (AMPC)

And there shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit.

– Isaiah 11:1 (AMPC)

Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us.

– Matthew 1:23 (AMPC)

BEHOLD, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Whom you desire, behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts.

– Malachi 3:1 (AMPC)

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].

– Isaiah 7:14 (AMPC)

We are ever giving thanks to God for all of you, continually mentioning [you when engaged] in our prayers,

– 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (AMPC)

O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

– Psalm 136:26 (AMPC)

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

– Psalm 34:1 (AMPC)

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

– Hebrews 12:28 (NLT)

But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMPC)

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

– Colossians 4:2 (AMPC)

O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!

– 1 Chronicles 16:8 (AMPC)

Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!

– Psalm 103:22 (AMPC)

Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

– Psalm 150:6 (AMPC)

Bless, give thanks, and gratefully praise God in full congregations, even the Lord, O you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.

– Psalm 68:26 (AMPC)

Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!

– Psalm 113:1 (AMPC)

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises with the harp or the lyre to our God!—

– Psalm 147:7 (AMPC)

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]!

– Psalm 145:10 (AMPC)

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous ordinances.

– Psalm 119:62 (AMPC)

I will give great praise and thanks to the Lord with my mouth; yes, and I will praise Him among the multitude.

– Psalm 109:30 (AMPC)

We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

– Psalm 75:1 (NLT)

Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

– Psalm 150:6 (AMPC)

Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!

– 2 Corinthians 9:15 (AMPC)

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness!

– Psalm 150:2 (AMPC)

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever.

– Psalm 136:7 (NLT)

I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving,

– Psalm 69:30 (AMPC)

To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

– Psalm 30:12 (AMPC)

My lips shall pour forth praise [with thanksgiving and renewed trust] when You teach me Your statutes.

– Psalm 119:171 (AMPC)

For this I will give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to Your name.

– 2 Samuel 22:50 (AMPC)

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMPC)

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

– Ephesians 5:20 (AMPC)

But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.

– Psalm 50:23 (NLT)

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

– Psalm 95:2 (AMPC)

That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works.

– Psalm 26:7 (AMPC)

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

– Psalm 100:4 (AMPC)

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

– 2 Corinthians 10:5 (AMPC)

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.

– Isaiah 48:17 (NLT)

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

– Romans 12:1 (AMPC)

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

– Galatians 5:25 (NLT)

But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.

– 1 Peter 1:25 (AMPC)

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

– 2 Timothy 3:16 (AMPC)

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

– 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.

– Proverbs 9:10 (AMPC)

Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].

– Galatians 6:2 (AMPC)

A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

– Proverbs 15:23 (AMPC)

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

– Isaiah 43:19 (AMPC)

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

– 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)