Love


  1. Love -  The real fruit of faith is love.  The love that faith in Christ produces possesses a unique quality.  In is inclusive, and it's nonselective.  We don't pick and chose whom we love. It's easy to love the lovely or those who love you.  Genuine Christianity is evident when we love the undeserving the same way God has loved us.  Love is not a feeling; it is an attitude and an action.  Love is sincerely wishing for another person's best interest and taking whatever action is necessary to see that it is accomplished.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1.
  2. When you affirm others, you give them the wings to fly! Look for opportunities to affirm others. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 2 - pg. 25.

  3. One of the greatest needs of your family, friends, and coworkers is appreciation. Express gratitude to God and others  for the good they do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 2 - pg. 25.
  4. Jesus said. “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”  We can do this only on our knees.  The person we most dislike is still a soul for whom Christ died.  We don’t always have to agree with our critics or defer to our enemies, but loving them unconditionally is simply letting the love of Christ flow through us like warm water through a pipe.  The most unlovable person is the one who needs love the most.  After all, if Christ loved us, He can help us love others.  So find someone you don’t like and pray for that person today!  Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends with them? - Abraham Lincoln  - from page 245 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  5. We bring God glory by loving other believers. When you were born again, you became a part of God’s family. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing; it also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God. John wrote, “Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life.” Paul said, “Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.”
    It is your responsibility to learn how to love as God does, because God is love, and it honors him. Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - From the Day 7 reading from the book: "The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
  6. Submission to authority is a sign of spiritual maturity. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 2 - pg. 25.
  7. John 14:15 - If you love me, you will keep my commandments. If we love others, then we can know that we truly love Jesus and are one of his own. John says it clearly, “Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death” (1 John 3:13–14). According to these words, we can be assured that we are truly born again if, in obedience to Christ’s commands, we find ourselves beginning to love and actually loving others for whom he also died. - From the commentary of John 14:15 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  8. Do not consider yourself as inferior to or better than anyone else.  We are equal in Christ.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 3 - pg. 41.
  9. Be warm and merciful and let no one go from you empty-handed.  The least you can offer is your time and patience, your affection and prayer. - Unknown    - from Expect Great Things compiled by Marvin J. Newell
  10. Love is bighearted, not bigheaded. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 6 - pg. 82.
  11. You impress others with what you know.  You impact others with how you love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 6 - pg. 82.
  12. Christ joins all believers in God's peace and love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 117.
  13. Search the love of God until love becomes the foundation of your life. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3:20 - pg. 134.
  14. Love is a primary characteristic of Christlikeness.  Yet love is more than mere emotion.  Love can increase in knowledge and depth of insight.  Knowledge is spiritual wisdom found in scripture.  Insight is application of this spiritual wisdom to practical living.  Christian love must be rooted in wisdom from God's word if we are to love both God and man in greater ways. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 1:9 - Pg 208.
  15. God will never love you more, or love you less, than he does right now. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 - Pg 248.
  16. The response God longs to find in us is a heart in love. - From location 1190 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners 
  17. Christlike love is not something we attain, a state of being or an emotion; it is an ongoing action that we constantly strive for. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 4  pg. 55. 
  18. Love is what helps us be patient with everyone.  Love is patient.  It does not seek its own way.  Because of our selfish tendencies, we need patience from others, even as we need to be patient.  Perhaps that is why  God can be so patient with us. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5:15  pg. 73. 
  19. It is appropriate that love should lead the list of the Spirit’s fruit; for “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and the greatest of all Christian virtues is love (1 Cor. 13:13). Divine love gives this word its character; for God’s love is great (Eph. 2:4), unmerited (Rom. 5:8), transforming (Rom. 5:5), and unchangeable (Rom. 8:35–39). God’s love sent Christ to die for our sin. Now, because the Spirit of Christ, which is characterized by love, is implanted within the Christian, the believer is to show a great, transforming, sacrificial, and unmerited love both to other Christians and to the world. It is by this that the world is to know that Christians are indeed Christ’s followers (John 13:35).  - From the commentary of John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  20. There is a Christian way to act toward all people who come into our lives - and it is known as love and grace. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5  pg. 78.   
  21. One of the principles of love—either love for a friend or romantic love—is that you have to lose independence to attain greater intimacy. If you want the “freedoms” of love—the fulfillment, security, sense of worth that it brings—you must limit your freedom in many ways. You cannot enter a deep relationship and still make unilateral decisions or allow your friend or lover no say in how you live your life. To experience the joy and freedom of love, you must give up your personal autonomy. - From the Kindle book  "The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by Timothy Keller at Location 930.
  22. True revival awakens a new sense of our responsibility to one another, which is contrary to our selfishness and therefore a more revealing indicator of the presence of the Holy Spirit. - From location 949 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners 
  23. Instead of controversy, our lives should be marked by love - first for God, then for others.  His goal for us is love.  God's definition of love is not sentimental.  It is a love that is trustworthy and active.  It springs from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:5  pg. 146-147.
    1. pure heart refers to wholeness within the inner, spiritual dimension of a person. The heart is considered the control center of thoughts, motives, and spiritual life.  The pure heart is cleansed from sin in these areas.  Therefore love which springs from a pure heart is sacrificial (1 Cor. 13), free of motives, godly and honorable.
    2. good conscience had a slightly different meaning for the Ephesians than it does today in Western Societies.  A good conscience meant living according to the standards and practices which the group (in this case the church) deemed proper and acceptable.  It meant living without shame among one's peers or companions.  We view the conscience as if it is concerned with right or wrong on an individual basis.  We would do well to recapture the ancient meaning and sense of accountability.
    3. Sincere faith assumes correct behavior because it comes from the revelation of God.  The Word of God provides the directives for Christian conduct and belief.
  24. Love - We all long to possess it, but I wonder how many of us aspire to give it away.  We want to be love's recipient, but do we desire to be the instrument of it's power?  As Christians, we are told to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44), to love God (Matt. 22:37), to love one another (1 Pet. 1:22; John 13:34), to love our neighbors (Matt. 19:19; Rom 13:10), to love our spouses (Eph. 5:25).  In fact, we are to do everything in love (1 Cor. 16:14), for "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (Gal 5:6).  There are no exclusion clauses.  We are to express sincere love in every relationship we can imagine, from God to home, from the community of believers to those outside the faith; we are to include even those who mistreat us and position themselves as our enemies.  Love is required, encouraged, described )1 Cor. 13).  It is the jewel in the eternal triad, outshining faith and hope.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 155-156.
  25. Genuine love is possible only when our consciences are untainted.  We cannot have disputes with other Christians or live in a way that is contrary to the church and expect to have the resources to love fully.  But the foundational element of love is a sincere faith.  It must center on God, who is Love.  Faith involves correct belief about God and his personhood.  Genuine faith cannot be contained; it expresses itself in day-by-day living.  Love that is Godlike comes only from those people who are cleansed by God, obedient to his righteousness, and authentic in the profession and the living of their faith.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 156.
  26. We hear much about love today, and God is assumed to be love. But it is only at the cross of Christ, in his voluntary death for us, that we learn that God truly is love. Love is seen at the cross. For this reason there is hardly a verse in the Bible which speaks of God’s love that does not in the same context, often within the very verse itself, speak of Christ’s voluntary sacrifice. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Or, Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” First John 4:10 declares, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” - From the commentary of John 16:27 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  27. What is Christian love?  It involves showing special regard for the needs of fellow believers without concern for their social or racial position. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13:1,at location 5669.
  28. Law of Love - We are saved by God's gracious mercy, not by keeping the law.  But Christ gave us a special command, " You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 19:19).  We are to love and serve those around us.  Keeping the law of love shows that our faith is vital and real.  When we show love to others, we are overcoming our own selfishness. - From the NIV version of the Life Application Bible, James, Megathemes, page 2234.
  29. These are three things that will endure - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love. 1  CORINTHIANS  13:13.  If I have not love, I am of no value.  There are fifteen things said about love, but one sentence sums up its whole nature: "It does not demand its own way" (verse 5). And again: "Love will last forever" (verse 8). Prophecies, unknown languages, and knowledge shall vanish away. Even faith and hope shall be changed into sight. But love lasts forever. "Love does not demand its own way." Think and pray about this. "Love will last forever." Consider all that means. "The greatest of these is love." Let this love rule in your life.  - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  30. God is love. "God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them" ( 1  John  4:16 ). Let your heart be filled with love so that, by God's almighty power, you may be a witness to the transforming power of love. Then you will be a blessing to all around you. - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  31. The love of Christ is the basis not only of our salvation but also of our daily life and conduct. Jesus clearly says: "Do as I have done to you." The love of Christ is my only hope of salvation. Walking in that love is the way to enjoy that salvation. - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  32. Nothing can overcome the all-surpassing love of our beloved Bridegroom for us. We can rest secure in the assurance of His unconditional and unconquerable love: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ro. 8:31-39). - From Thought 3 (2) from the reading about Song of Solomon 1:8-10 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  33. "Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins" ( Ephesians  5:1 - 2 ). Paul reminds us that love is everything. Christ loved us so much He died on the cross so we could be God's dear children. It follows that we should walk in love. Those who keep close to Christ will walk in love.  - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  34. "Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy. . . .You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony" ( Colossians  3:12 - 14 ). As we walk in fellowship with Him, we are given strength to be like Him!  - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  35. John 17:23 - I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. We see the nature of this in the love of the Father for Jesus. So we naturally turn to it and ask, “But what is this love like? What is the scope of the Father’s love for Jesus?”  God’s love is infinite. God is infinite; therefore, he is infinite in this as in all his other attributes. 
    This means that there are no limits on God’s love. Second, the love of the Father for the Lord Jesus Christ is eternal which is, we must note, not the same thing as being infinite. An infinite love is, as we said, a love without limits. An eternal love is a love without end. 
    The third characteristic of the love of God the Father for Christ is perfection. His is a perfect love. Consequently, his love for us is perfection as well.
    if we believe that God loves us with the same perfection of love he has shown to Jesus Christ—then we will not be gripers because plans do not turn out the way we would like them to. We will not be despondent because of some undesirable circumstances. On the contrary, we will be encouraged, knowing that indeed “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). - From the commentary of John 17:23 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  36. We must have a burning desire to receive this heavenly love into our hearts - a love that is holy and can conquer sin and unbelief. When we gain an insight into what God's Word is - a living power in our hearts - we will be filled with the love of God by the Holy Spirit, living and working within us. - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  37. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. EPHESIANS  5:2  - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  38. Love worthy of the name manifests itself in a life of continual self-sacrifice. Love gives strength to endure, whatever the circumstances. Loving others may mean tears, heartache, and much persevering in prayer; but love overcomes all obstacles. - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  39. Do you long to know the love of Christ in all its fullness? Then yield yourself to Him. Think of yourself as a channel through which the highest love can reach its aim. Begin to suffer with and intercede for those around you. Eventually you will realize what this life of love is: to live wholly for the welfare and happiness of others. - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray. 
  40. "Love, and do what you will." - Love is the most powerful force in the world. Those who truly love God will do nothing but what is pleasing to Him. Indeed, it is well-nigh impossible for them to do what is displeasing to God. True love will find a way to do good! - From the Introduction from the book "Daily Meditations with Saint Augustine." by John E. Rotelle.
  41. Proverbs 3:27 - "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it."  We have an outstanding debt to "love one another" (Romans  13:8). Even the poor person is bound by this universal law to his poorer neighbor. Everyone has a claim on our love. Every opportunity to do good is our calling to do so. Kindness is not an option but an obligation. It is an act of justice, no less than an act of mercy. If we withhold it, that will be to our eternal condemnation (Matthew  25:41 - 45). - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  42. Proverbs 3:28 - A little given in time of need is more than a larger amount when the needy moment has passed. We should cultivate the habit of being sensitive to the needs of others, putting ourselves in their place. We should not only do good but be prepared to do good (Titus  3:1; 1  Timothy  6:18). The Gospel presents every neighbor to us as a brother or sister who needs our help, who is to be loved and cared for in the same way that we look after ourselves (Leviticus  19:18). Why are we so slow to acknowledge this? May the Lord deliver us from our selfishness and mold us to his own image of love and mercy. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  43. One of the best ways we experience our lives to the fullest is by loving people. Not just some people—everyone we encounter, even the ones we don’t like. - From location 1086 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  44. As John Maxwell often says, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. - From location 1090 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  45. One of the many things I appreciate about Jesus is how he loved the unlovely. Here he was, pure holiness and perfection, God come to earth, and yet he was not afraid to embrace imperfect, flawed, impure people. His holiness didn’t drive people away—just the opposite! They were attracted to the life, the hope, the breath of fresh air that he offered them. - From location 1102 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  46. Based on Jesus’ example, we must make a decision about how we’re going to treat other people. He accepted them, loved them, believed in them. He never piled guilt on them or condemned them as the religious leaders seemed to enjoy doing. He always respected people, encouraged them, offered them hope where they had given up. We’re called to extend the same kind of love to those around us. - From location 1106 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  47. Scripture makes it clear that we’re called to put our faith in action: “Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions” (1 John 3:18, TLB). - From location 1110 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  48. Of course, your love for others will find fuel in your love for God himself. As I shared earlier, my life message is to encourage people to draw closer to Jesus. That’s because I know what it’s like to move from a life-draining, exhausting, self-propelled faith to one that’s life-giving, invigorating, and Spirit-propelled. Discover more of who God is. Enjoy the fullness of who he is as your Lord, your Father, your Creator. Look to him as your source of significance and satisfaction. - From location 1112 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  49. Jesus marks love for God as the single most important goal in life.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  50. Love God with all your heart, Jesus said. Listen to your life: to its passion, its dreams and disappointments, its tedium as well as its drama. It came to you as a gift and each day, too, unravels as a gift. God wants an invitation to share in its every detail. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  51. Deuteronomy charges us to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength; Jesus changed that last word to mind. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  52. You shall love God with everything you have and everything you are. Everything. Every longing, every endowment, each of your intellectual gifts, any athletic talent or computer skill, all capacity for delight, every good thing that has your fingerprints on it — take all this, says Jesus, and refer it to God. Take your longing, and long for God; take your creaturely riches, and endow God; take your eye for beauty and appreciate God. With your heart and soul and mind, with all your needs and splendors, make a full turn toward God.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  53. To adore but not seek to fathom — perhaps in those words lies a clue to loving God with all my soul. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  54. 1 Corinthians 23:24 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.