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John MacArthur on 2 Timothy 3:10

Because God Himself is loving, no devoted servant of His can be without love. This is the volitional, purposeful, unselfish love (agapē) that is superior even to faith and hope (1 Cor. 13:13) and is the first fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). We are to “walk in love, just as Christ also loved [us], and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Eph. 5:2). We are to “love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). Love, in fact, is so crucial to the Christian life that “the one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (v. 8); and, on the other hand, “the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (v. 16). Jesus’ final petition to the Father on our behalf was “that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26)