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In English we say the word “love” all too carelessly. But one name describing our Creator is "love" (1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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). That word in Greek is agape, and it means affection or benevolence. John wrote that love is born of God and we are to love one another (1 John 4:7-11 1 John 4:7-11 [7] Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. [8] He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. [9] 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. [10] Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [11] Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
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). God sent His Son out of His concern or love. But showing our acceptance of that gift of love means formally committing to a lifetime of repentance via baptism (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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). Being generous in love as God is generous allows us to “love” even our enemies (Matthew 5:44 Matthew 5:44But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;
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). It is different than romantic or brotherly love.

Being generous in love means we do have a concern for everyone—even if they are hard to love. It means resisting the urge to just walk away or ignore anyone in need. It does not mean we ought to run about seeing what we can do for just anybody. And of course, being generous in love carries with it the need for wisdom, because some intentions may be misunderstood. For example, a young woman could be misunderstood when she speaks in a friendly way to a man out of godly love. God loves with wisdom and patient understanding. We are to learn to emulate the Father and Son and love as they do.

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