Reflections | Where Does Your Righteousness Come From | Building Faith, Hope, Love | A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

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Bible Verse Reading:

“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” 


Hebrews 10: 38 – 39.



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 1


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 2


Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness. We don’t have any righteousness of our own as believers. Our righteousness comes through faith by believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about what Jesus already did for us. And we can have a sure confidence in the work of Jesus. 

The righteousness of God never fails to protect us from enemies and the tricks of the devil because it is pure and holy. 



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 3


Our righteousness on the other hand is as filthy rugs and exposes us to enemies. Let’s learn to lean on God and trust his righteousness. We can then be able to walk confidently, safe in the knowledge that Jesus is our righteousness and because he has us, we won’t be able to shrink back, backslide or lose our way. We can be sure of heaven and prosperity when we have Jesus as our righteousness.




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Bible Verse Reading:

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Hebrews 10: 35 – 36.



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God Bible Verse Social Med 1


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when 2


In the current age in which we live, people often expect quick fixes and quick answers. Most people are impatient. And thanks to technological advancement, life has become faster and we can now get things more quickly thanks to microwaves, heaters, driers, dryers, dishwashers etc. 

House chores are not as burdensome as they used to be. Transportation is faster with airplanes, fast trains and cars.  If you need quick love and sex, there are numerous websites and services that offer that. We love speed and we have access to it. 

And yet not everything in life is easy to come by.

For example:

  • •Some couples take years before getting children.
  • •Some investments take years to grow before yielding.
  • •A quality education takes decades.
  • •Building a great career can take years.
  • •Getting your first house or car may take months or years etc.
  • •Some diseases and sicknesses take months or even years before cure.

There are promises that God has made to us as believers. And some of us have waited for years with no signs of answers. The Bible verse above is encouraging us to hold on and never give up.



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God 3
  • Keep fasting.
  • Keep praying.
  • Keep doing good.
  • Keep obeying God.
  • Keep running the race of faith.
  • Keep giving your tithe and offering.
  • Keep giving to those who are less privileged than you are.
  • Keep serving those around you who need your assistance. 

Despite the persecution and trials please don’t let go of your faith. Your services and sacrifices are not in vain. 

The promises of God are yes and amen. In due time he will reward you. At the right moment he will open the doors that need to be opened. Just keep holding on and never give up. Jesus never fails.




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Bible Verse Reading:

“For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

Hebrews 10: 30.



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3


When people hurt us or take advantage of us, it is an easy trap to feel the urge to pay them back for their sins. 

For example:

1. A spouse cheats and the other spouse cheats back to show the first spouse just how painful their betrayal felt.

2. You are harassed by a bully and your first instinct is to harass the bully back to show them that they have no power over you.

3. You loan someone money and they fail to pay back. To show them how painful their actions were you decide to take some of their own property as compensation.



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 1


The examples for instances where we are tempted to take revenge abound. It’s a weakness of our fleshy bodies.Its very tempting to want to show our oppressors that we have power and might and it’s sadly an easy trap to fall into too. And yet the Bible Verse above is reminding us to put our ego aside and leave it to God.  Scripture is encouraging us to trust God and his methods for payback over our own.

And the truth is we can trust God to restore everything taken from us by the enemy. 

Whether those things are intangible goods like love, health, joy, laughter, freedom or tangible things like money, property and possessions. 

We can trust Jesus because his methods for restoration are much better than ours and his ways are higher than ours. Are you going through the pain of betrayal, hurt, loss and grief? 

Do you feel like taking matters into your own hands and avenging? Please don’t. Instead cast all your cares unto Jesus and he will deal with the situation.




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Bible Verse Reading:

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

Hebrews 10: 26 -27



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



The gospel of punishment for sin, judgement and hell is not a popular one. It is a gospel many people don’t want to hear because it makes them uncomfortable. Unfortunately it is also a gospel that many people have grown indifferent to. Yet despite our reservations towards speaking about sin, judgement, punishment and hell, it is the gospel of truth. 

It is a message even Jesus preached and taught.

Many times we take God for granted. Because of his great mercies, patience and kindness we forget that we serve a holy God who hates sin. 



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 3


The price Jesus paid for our sins is too great for us to keep on sinning. It is an insult to his sacrifice paid on the cross.

As we go about our daily lives and as we run the journey of  faith, let us not fall into the trap that sin sets. A trap of fleeting pleasures. Let us continually remember that we serve a Holy God and let us worship and honor him by living sinless and righteousness lives. It is possible.



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 1



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Bible Verse Reading:

“Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”


Hebrews 10: 25



Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10_ 25 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



Let’s admit it. Sometimes life gets really busy. If you have a job and a family with children for example, the work and bills can pile up. 

Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer people are going to church. 

Cathedrals and traditional churches are becoming empty. Some say it is because many people are losing their faith. But another explanation could be that people are just busier. Despite the reasons given, it’s important to stay in fellowship. 

Fellowship with other believers helps to build our faith, offers encouragement, motivation and inspiration to keep running the race of faith. With increased persecution of believers, having a fellowship and prayer group helps believers to stay strong. 

Fellowships can also be a great avenue to help others who might be struggling and in need of our services. Simply put, fellowships are great places for service and discipleship.

With the increase in technological advancements and the internet, we can’t really have an excuse for not staying in fellowship with our brethren during this modern age. 

So as a believer in Jesus who wants to build their faith, serve others and stay connected how can you keep in fellowship despite a tight schedule?



Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10_ 25 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3


Here are a few ideas:

1. There are various online churches these days. You have an opportunity to attend church without leaving your house.

2. You can listen to sermons and teachings on radio stations, podcasts and youtube where videos are continually being produced and uploaded.

3. You can buy a video or audio tape and listen to it while driving, at home, at the park or anywhere you get an opportunity and chance.

4. With the advent of PayPal and Visa, you can give your tithe and offering online and serve those who are less fortunate than you.

5. There are thousands of books, devotionals and other resources online that you can get to enrich your spiritual life.

6. With the advent of social media you can join prayer groups, activity groups and various spiritual and faith based clubs where you can share your faith with other believers all over the world.

Despite the various changes in our world and landscape, Apostle Paul’s encouragement is still valid even in this modern age. 

Please let’s not give up the habit of fellowship, meeting together, encouraging each other and sharing our faith.




Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10_ 25 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 1


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Bible Verse Reading:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”


Hebrews 10: 24



And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10_ 24 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



It’s often easy to love those who love us. It’s easy to reciprocate requited love. But what about loving those who are difficult to love? 

How can we spur each other to love people who are just difficult to love? 

Those who are prickly and tend to spun our love when we give it to them?



And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10_ 24 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3

Below are a few ways we can consider:

1. We can pray for them and whatever needs they have.

2. We can ask the Holy spirit to soften their hearts and make them receptive to love.

3. We can forgive them when they hurt us instead of choosing to hold a grudge. 

4. We can fast for them.

5. We can keep the doors of our hearts open to them instead of shutting them out.

6. We can patiently wait for them to change and become better.

7. We can tithe on their behalf as we stand in the gap for them.

8. We can keep offering our help and love in places they lack.




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Bible Verse Reading:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10: 23



Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful Hebrews 10_ 23 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



Sometimes life’s storms hit. In this life it is inevitable. And you can never really know when the waves will hit. 


Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful Hebrews 10_ 23 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3

Yet we can trust Jesus and his word. We can put our hope and faith in Jesus who never fails and is faithful. The next time you feel like giving up, the next time you feel your hope waning, please remember that Jesus is faithful and his promises are yes and amen. Trust Jesus, he never fails.



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That year, my boyfriend had forgotten my birthday.
I didn’t take it as a big deal since I wasn’t exactly the party, celebration kind of girl. Plus, I rarely celebrated the day myself unless someone else decided to do it on my behalf. Most years, it just went by like any other day unless someone surprised me like happened that particular year.


I was therefore shocked when I got a call from a friend telling me, “When you are in town, please give me a call, I have something that has your name on it and belongs to you.”


When I eventually got to town, my friend had a package with a number of goodies and among them was the biggest, most expensive looking box of Chocolates I had ever seen in my life!


I looked at the box very surprised and speechless. He looked at me, not sure whether I was happy or not. So he went on to explain further, “I didn’t know what to get you. I wanted it to be a surprise so I didn’t ask whether you like chocolates or not. I hope you love them”


I then told him, ‘It’s not that. I’m just really deeply moved right now. That is why I’m speechless.’


He prodded me, “Go ahead and open the box. These are really delicious chocolates. Plus they are rare to find in these parts. I know you will love them.”


I told him, “No! I will open them later, when I’m home and settled. I want to savor them. Slowly and patiently.”


But something deeply intrigued me. So I asked him, ‘Why did you get me all this?’ He then proceeded to tell me, “Simply because I think you deserve this and much more.” I wasn’t very convinced, so I asked him, “Really? Is it not because it was my birthday a few days ago?”


He told me, “It was your birthday? Why didn’t you tell me? I didn’t know.”


I looked at him speechless and with my eyes a little misty. I don’t know if he saw the pain and untold stories in my eyes that day, but he went on to say, “You deserve every beautiful thing in this world.”


I just looked at him quietly. Deeply moved and speechless. I didn’t know what to tell him. But in my mind I kept thinking, ‘Wow! Wow! God still does create them like this! God you still make them this way, there is Hope for humanity after all.”


That day, as I meditated on the events that had happened, the word, Kindness took on a whole new meaning.
.


There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:18-19

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

1 Corinthians 13:4


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A few weeks back, I got onto twitter and started tweeting about LOVE. That particular morning a few weeks back I had just re-read Paul’s letter in 1 Corinthians 13 with new eyes.


See, at that particular point in time, the notion of love really confounded me (In all fairness, I’m still confounded and learning).


I had movie definitions, dictionary definitions and novel definitions etc.
Anyhow, in my confusion, I read that chapter a few times and yet I still couldn’t get it. How could Paul say love never fails and yet I (mistakenly and supposedly) saw it failing all time? I was pathetically failing to grasp the slippery nuances of this verb or is it noun or is it emotion and thought it very powerless and a waste of precious time.


I mean how dare Paul write assertively, unperturbed and so assuredly about love walloping mighty, tough and hardened faith and hope? Was Paul for real?


Which world was Paul living in? Did Paul know about our current world? Did he even have any inkling at all about the various pressures we faced on a daily basis?


Hadn’t Paul heard people saying love was for the broke, weak and pathetic?
Hadn’t Paul heard that love doesn’t put food on the table?
Was there no pain during Paul’s time? Were people not killing each other over mundane things during his generation? Were the separation/break up/divorce rates not on the rise during his days? Were children not being abandoned, mistreated, thrown into toilets and onto the streets when he lived? Were there no starving and poor people during his age? Theft, robberies, abuse, pride, fear, insults, violence, gossip, slander, rage, deceit etc. Was Paul aware of such plagues or was he just waxing lyrical because he never got to live during the information/knowledge age?


I had too many questions (and no one to answer them) because most of the people I knew were too busy doing one thing or another to try and indulge me in my proclivities. I thus decided to put 1 Corinthians 13 aside.


Another reason was that the more I read that chapter, the more of a fraud I felt like. And wanting to save my skin and mind from dissonance, I decided to shelve it and to dwell on more promising aspects of life.


Anyhow, as God work’s sometimes one cheery morning without me even trying to, I finally got my EUREKA moment! And I went like! BINGO! That is it! This is in fact what Paul was saying when he wrote that famous chapter. It finally started dawning on me why Paul was waxing lyrical.


Paul’s letter says many things but I will share two today:


  • It doesn’t matter how well you communicate/speak/write etc. If you don’t have love, you are kidding yourself.
  • It doesn’t matter how prophetic, knowledgable, intelligent, talented and wise you are; If you don’t have love, don’t pamper yourself.
  • It doesn’t matter how much money/things/time/benefits you give to those less fortunate than you: If it’s not done out of love, you better keep your riches and enjoy them alone.
  • It doesn’t matter how much pain and abuse you can endure at the hands of tormentors. If you are not enduring out of love, please re-think your strategy.

In essence Paul is cautioning us thus:
All those sweeping, dramatic, public displays we keep engaging in, sometimes even with Videos, T.V’s, newspapers, the media helping us to record etc, don’t really matter if we are just doing them for appearances and are not doing it out of love, true humanity and humility. 


I feel the chapter screaming:


  • Forget the public shows.
  • Forget the frivolities.
  • Forget the superficiality.
  • Forget the extravaganza.
  • Forget the plastic surgery.
  • Forget the revisions and correction.
  • Forget the spectacle and displays.

Just forget it all. Instead! Lets go DEEPER!


  • Don’t give me the facade.
  • Don’t show me crocodile tears.
  • Don’t show me your perfection.
  • Don’t show me the nice, decent clothes.
  • Don’t even bother with the manicured nails.

Show me your scars and wounds.
Show me the crevices and cracks.
Show me where it hurts the most.
Show me where you need healing.
Show me where I can attend to you.
Show me the dirt beneath your nails.
Show me your fears and vulnerabilities.


BUT


Show me the beauty too!
Show me the laughter, humor and fun.
Show me the whimsical plays and dreams.
Show me the delicate, cute and pretty lines too.
Show me the guffaws, chuckles, grins and smiles.
Show me YOU, in whatever hues and colors you are created.


Colored, black and white, sepia, with filters, as a portrait or as landscape, with borders or without, with a Lomo effect, HDR or Bokeh.
The applications don’t really matter.
As long as it is you and not a person/picture with no soul!
Some people are breathing but they have no souls. Show me a soul!


BUT please!
Don’t lament to me about other people’s realities.
Don’t share with me another person’s weaknesses.
Don’t tell me other people’s stories without their permission.
I don’t want those stories, myths, tales, fabrications.


Tell me your stories.
Tell me your realities.
Tell me about YOU!


Because:


Love goes deeper.
Love goes to the core.
Love doesn’t float on the surface.
Love is not conventional.
Love runs the extra mile.
Love doesn’t make sense.
Love is overwhelming.
Love beats logic and thinking.
Love goes further and longer.
Love removes bandaids and deals with wounds.
Love is not interested in the flowers, it wants the roots.
Love swims to the deep end and then submerges
itself and lets the torrents crash over it.
Love is grit, gentleness, grace all meshed into one to produce a tapestry of unimaginable dimensions.


And that is how this pathetic, seemingly, disturbing thing called LOVE manages to trump the ferocious, predominant, popular and powerfully menacing giants called Faith and Hope.

Thats how love beats knowledge, wisdom, beauty, talent, money, education, degrees, fashion and all the other trappings we have grown accustomed to.


For a moment, yes, take a pause please and:


  • Forget their names and locations!
  • Forget how people dress!
  • Forget how stinky their breath is!
  • Forget the tattoos on their bodies!
  • Forget the alcohol they drink!
  • Forget the drugs they binge on!
  • Forget the color of their skin!
  • Forget their religion and ideologies!
  • Forget their sins and favorite pass times!
  • Forget they haven’t taken a shower in days!
  • Forget the language in which speak or worship God!
  • Forget how pathetic and weak they look!
  • Forget the disfigurement and lack or refinement.

Forget all that! Forget all that! Forget it!


Now change your lenses;


Imagine this person was you. Imagine their story was yours.
Picture their reality as yours (I know this is too difficult for some people).
But still!
How would you want to be treated if the tables were suddenly turned (And this can happen at any time and to anyone).
Imagine for a moment you found yourself on the other side of the divide.


Hindus talk of reincarnation. Sometimes I wonder how people would behave if they knew that their present actions may get them reincarnated as something much lesser in another life. I wonder if this would influence how these folks treat others.


I will summarize by saying: Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church is saying that Love:


  • It is patient.
  • It is kind.
  • It doesn’t envy (e.g how come the pastors/corporations/other people are so successful and I’m so poor yet I do a, b, c etc. It’s just not fair).
  • It doesn’t boast.
  • It is not proud (I can never do that! My standards are too high).
  • It does not dishonor others (those who like exposing other peoples secrets, secluded battles, nudes and other private information for sinister motives without permission).
  • It is not self seeking (Me! Me! Myself and I kind of philosophies).
  • It is not easily angered (doesn’t mean it doesn’t get angry. Just means the tempers are even and not short).
  • It keeps no record of wrongs (Lord help our memories).
  • It doesn’t delight in evil.
  • It rejoices with the truth.
  • It always protects.
  • It always trusts.
  • It always hopes.
  • It always perseveres.

Love never fails.


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8


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“My heart goes out to you, and I long to see you all coming constantly to God for a fresh supply of love.”

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“Joy is love exalted; peace is love in response; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in tough situations; and temperance is love in training.”

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“Temperance is love in training.”

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“There has never been a time in my life when I felt that I could take a gun and shoot down a fellow-being. In this respect I am a Quaker.”

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“His is a loving, tender hand, full of sympathy and compassion.”

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“The Spirit of God first imparts love; He next inspires hope, and then gives liberty; and that is about the last thing we have in a good many of our churches at the present time.”

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“Lying covers a multitude of sins – temporarily.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If we have got the true love of God shed abroad in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I tell you there is one thing that draws above everything else in this world, and that is love.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I never knew up to that time that God loved us so much. This heart of mine began to thaw out; I could not keep back the tears. I just drank it in…I tell you there is one thing that draws above everything else in the world and that is love.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Faith makes all things possible … love makes all things easy.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The measure of a man is not how many servants he has but how many men he serves.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If you can really make a man believe you love him, you have won him; and if I could only make people really believe that God loves them, what a rush we would see for the kingdom of God!”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The Gospel of John opens with Jesus Christ in the bosom of God, and closes with the sinner in the bosom of Jesus Christ.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“When a man has no strength, if he leans on God, he becomes powerful.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“A good example is far better than a good precept.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“There’s no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“No matter how low down you are; no matter what your disposition has been; you may be low in your thoughts, words, and actions; you may be selfish; your heart may be overflowing with corruption and wickedness; yet Jesus will have compassion upon you. He will speak comforting words to you; not treat you coldly or spurn you, as perhaps those of earth would, but will speak tender words, and words of love and affection and kindness. Just come at once. He is a faithful friend – a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The last business of Christ’s life was the saving of a poor penitent thief.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Grace means undeserved kindness. It is the gift of God to man the moment he sees he is unworthy of God’s favor.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“It is a wonderful fact that men and women saved by the blood of Jesus rarely remain subjects of charity, but rise at once to comfort and respectability… I never saw a man who put Christ first in his life that wasn’t successful.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Character is what a man is in the dark.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The reward of service is more service.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Jesus came from heaven down to earth. He left all grandeur behind Him, He passed by palaces and thrones-to be born in a manger! He was born lowly, that He might raise men up to God. The poor have a friend in Jesus. If no one else loves them, He loves them. He came to give them liberty, to proclaim to them the gospel of God’s grace.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I went to preaching again. The sermons were not different; I did not present any new truths, and yet hundreds were converted. I would not now be placed back where I was before that blessed experience if you should give me all the world – it would be as dust in the balance.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Lust is the devil’s counterfeit for love. There is nothing more beautiful on earth than a pure love and there is nothing so blighting as lust.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Every one of our children will be brought into the ark, if we pray and work earnestly for them.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Whatever you love more than God is your idol.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“Right now I’m having so much trouble with D.L. Moody that I don’t have time to find fault with the other fellow.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“A worker must win the hearts and affections of the people before he can do any effective work.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If we do not commend the Gospel to people by our holy walk and conversation, we shall not win them to Christ. Some little act of kindness will perhaps do more to influence them than any number of long sermons.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“A great many people wonder why it was that Christ did not come at once to Martha and Mary, whom He loved, whenever He heard of their affliction. It was to try them, and it is the same with His dealings toward us. If He seems not to come to us in our affliction, it is only to test us.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“God has two thrones, on in the highest heavens, the other in the lowliest heart.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If we do not love one another, we certainly shall not have much power with God in prayer.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I thank God that the gospel is to be preached to every creature. There is no man so far gone, but the grace of God can reach him; no man so desperate or black, but He can forgive him.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I never yet have known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If you can’t see His way past the tears, trust His heart.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“What we want is to be real. Let us not appear to be more than we are. Don’t let us put on any cant, any assumed humility, but let us be real; that is the delight of God. God wants us to be real men and women, and if we profess to be what we are not, God knows all about us.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


Thanks be to God, there is hope to-day; this very hour you can choose Him and serve Him.”

Dwight Lyman Moody


“If you do not feel a fervent love and profound pity for humanity, be assured that the gift of Christian eloquence has been denied you. You will not win souls, neither will you acquire that most excellent of earthly sovereignties – sovereignty over human hearts….Love is irresistible.”

Dwight Lyman Moody



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“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“When we try to focus our thought upon One who is pure uncreated being we may see nothing at all, for He dwelleth in light that no man can approach unto. Only by faith and love are we able to glimpse Him as He passes by our shelter in the cleft of the rock.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Only to sit and think of God, Oh what a joy it is! To think the thought, to breathe the Name; Earth has no higher bliss. Father of Jesus, love’s reward! What rapture will it be, Prostrate before Thy throne to lie, And gaze and gaze on Thee.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The greatest encouragement throughout the Bible is God’s love for His lost race and the willingness of Christ, the eternal Son, to show forth that love in God’s plan of redemption. The love of Jesus is so inclusive that it knows no boundaries. At the point where we stop caring and loving, Jesus is still there loving and caring.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Mere acquaintance with correct doctrine is a poor substitute for Christ and familiarity with New Testament eschatology will never take the place of a love-inflamed desire to look on His face.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The love of Christ both wounds and heals, it fascinates and frightens, it kills and makes alive, it draws and repulses. There can be nothing more terrible or wonderful than to be stricken with love for Christ so deeply that the whole being goes out in a pained adoration of His person, an adoration that disturbs and disconcerts while it purges and satisfies and relaxes the deep inner heart.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Love casts out fear, for when we know we are loved, we are not afraid. Whoever has God’s perfect love, fear is gone out of the universe for him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Let me seek Thee in longing,” pleaded Anselm, “let me long for Thee in seeking; let me find Thee in love, and love Thee in finding.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Spinoza wrote of the intellectual love of God, and he had a measure of truth there; but the highest love of God is not intellectual, it is spiritual. God is spirit and only the spirit of man can know Him really. In the deep spirit of a man the fire must glow or his love is not the true love of God.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Spiritual sophistication lacks freshness and warmth; God is far away, and there is little communion and little joy in the Lord. To have a cold heart with little pity, little fire, little love and little worship is spiritual lethargy.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The great of the Kingdom have been those who loved God more than others did.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” God actually rises up storms of conflict in relationships at times in order to accomplish that deeper work in our character. We cannot love our enemies in our own strength. This is graduate-level grace. Are you willing to enter this school? Are you willing to take the test? If you pass, you can expect to be elevated to a new level in the Kingdom. For He brings us through these tests as preparation for greater use in the Kingdom. You must pass the test first.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“But when, through the open door of the cross and the name and power of Jesus Christ, I commend myself to the Father’s heart, then God cancels all my past, accepts all my present, swears His holy name for my future and the love of God take me over. Then fear goes out of my heart, because love has come in.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“All things as they move toward God are beautiful, and they are ugly as they move away from Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“In the deep of His mighty nature God thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, and suffers as any other person may.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“I trust I speak in love, but the lack in our pulpits is real. Milton’s terrible sentence applies to our day as accurately as it did to his: “The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.” It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the kingdom, to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God, eager to grasp at least the outskirts of His ways, the abyss of His love for sinners, and the height of His unapproachable majesty.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety. This is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“What God made, God loves, because it’s inconceivable that God should make anything that He didn’t love.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace?”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“There may be a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is a proof of this.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The work of Christ on the cross did not influence God to love us, did not increase that love by one degree, did not open any fount of grace or mercy in His heart. He had loved us from old eternity and needed nothing to stimulate that love. The cross is not responsible for God’s love; rather it was His love which conceived the cross as the one method by which we could be saved. God felt no different toward us after Christ had died for us, for in the mind of God Christ had already died before the foundation of the world. God never saw us except through atonement. The human race could not have existed one day in its fallen state had not Christ spread His mantle of atonement over it. And this He did in eternal purpose long ages before they led Him out to die on the hill above Jerusalem. All God’s dealings with man have been conditioned upon the cross.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“But the sons of this world have not God; they have only each other, and they walk holding to each other and looking to one another for assurance like frightened children.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to have a bright day without the sun.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly
has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets `things’ with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns `my’ and `mine’ look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Let her love God as He is in Himself, and not as her imagination says He is, and pictures Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We get the odd notion that God is showing mercy because Jesus died. No. Jesus died because God is showing mercy.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token homage to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is ABOVE, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choice he makes day after day throughout his life.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“When God looks at a sinner who still loves his sin and rejects the mystery of the atonement, justice condemns him to die. When God looks at a sinner who has accepted the blood of the everlasting covenant, justice.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


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“There must be knowledge of God before there can be love to God: there must be a knowledge of divine things, as they are revealed, before there can be an enjoyment of them.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“In the Salem of our peaceful hearts, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: He has won our love, and He shall wear it.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“There is no physician like Him, none can save as He can; we love Him, and He loves us, and therefore we put ourselves into His hands, accept whatever he prescribes, and do whatever He bids.We feel that nothing can be wrongly ordered while He is the director of our affairs; for He loves us too well to let us perish, or suffer a single needless pang.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“O child of God, be more careful to keep the way of the Lord, more concentrated in heart in seeking His glory, and you will see the loving-kindness and the tender mercy of the Lord in your life.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“My Lord, I leave the infinite to Thee, and pray Thee to put far from me such a love for the tree of knowledge as might keep me from the tree of life.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Love and self-denial for the object loved go hand-in-hand. If I profess to love a certain person, and yet will neither give my silver nor my gold to relieve his wants, nor in any way deny myself comfort or ease for his sake, such love is contemptible; it wears the name, but lacks the reality of love: true love must be measured by the degree to which the person loving will be willing to subject himself to crosses and losses, to suffering and self-denials. After all, the value of a thing in the market is what a man will give for it, and you must estimate the value of a man’s love by that which he is willing to give up for it.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Oh, the stoop of the Redeemer’s amazing love! Let us, henceforth, contend how low we can go side by side with Him, but remember when we have gone to the lowest He descends lower still, so that we can truly feel that the very lowest place is too high for us, because He has gone lower still.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“I would not give a penny for your love to the truth if it is not accompanied with a hearty hatred of error.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“For the least love to God, and the simplest act  of obedience to him, are better than the profoundest knowledge. My  Lord, I leave the infinite to thee, and pray thee to put far from me  such a love for the tree of knowledge as might keep me from the tree of  life.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Slavish fear brings not back the backslider to God, but the sweet wooings of love allure him to Jesus’ bosom.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“You must be conquerors through him who hath loved you, if conquerors at all. Our laurels must grow among his olives in Gethsemane.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had have turned out to be my best days. And when God has seemed most cruel to me he has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless him more than for anything else it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me. Our Father’s wagons rumble most heavily when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of his grace. Love letters from heaven are often sent in black-edged envelopes. The cloud that is black with horror is big with mercy. Fear not the storm. It brings healing in its wings and when Jesus is with you in the vessel the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Jesus does not cherish an offense, loving us as well after the offense as before it.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“No dependence can be placed upon our natural qualities, or our spiritual attainments; but God abideth faithful. He is faithful in His love; He knows no variableness, neither shadow of turning. He is faithful to His purpose; He doth not begin a work and then leave it undone. He is faithful to His relationships; as a Father He will not renounce His children, as a friend He will not deny His people, as a Creator He will not forsake the work of His own hands.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Shame on our cold hearts! We are but poor lovers of our sweet Lord Jesus, not fit to be his servants, much less to be his brides, and yet he hath exalted us to be bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, married to him by a glorious marriage covenant. Herein is love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: He loves her with all His infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Wean our heart from every creature Thee to love and Thee alone.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“God’s Fatherly prerogative, ” is a kingly attribute so sweetly veiled in love, that the King’s crown is forgotten in the King’s face, and His sceptre becomes, not a rod of iron, but a silver sceptre of mercy—the sceptre indeed seems to be forgotten in the tender hand of Him who wields it.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Nothing but the infinite can ever satisfy me; I am such a great sinner that I must have infinite merit to wash my sin away;” but we have had our sin removed, and found that there was merit to spare; we have had our hunger relieved at the feast of sacred love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“To have sweet sleep we must have sweet lives, sweet tempers, sweet meditations, and sweet love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“O, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as this have half our hearts? Shall it have a cold love in return? Shall Jesus’ marvellous lovingkindness and tender care meet with but faint response and tardy acknowledgment? O my soul, tune thy harp to a glad song of thanksgiving! Go to thy rest rejoicing, for thou art no desolate wanderer, but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by thy Lord.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“To trust him is the sure way to every blessing, and he is worthy of the most implicit confidence; but unbelief makes them prefer the cold porches of Bethesda to the warm bosom of his love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Love for God is obedience; love for God is holiness. To love God and to love man is to be conformed to the image of Christ, and this is salvation.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“But, Lord, we have yet another burden — it is that we ourselves do not love Thee as we should.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Men will allow God to be everywhere but on his throne. They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow his bounties. they will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends Hes throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Christ loved the sons of men before there were sons of men, and me before there was me. If he was going to get tired of me, he would have done so before now.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Then no attribute of God can cease to be engaged for us. Is he mighty? He will show himself strong on the behalf of them that trust him. Is he love? Then with lovingkindness will he have mercy upon us. Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“But, Lord, we have yet another burden — it is that we ourselves do not love Thee as we should.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of bliss.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“I feel myself to be a lump of unworthiness, a mass of corruption, and a heap of sin, apart from His almighty love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“May the Lord bring us in contemplation to Calvary, then our position will no longer be that of the pompous man of pride, but we shall take the humble place of one who loves much because much has been forgiven him. Pride cannot live beneath the cross. Let us sit there and learn our lesson, and then rise and carry it into practice.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Though you wear your fingers to the bone with service, weep your eyes out with repentance, make your knees hard with kneeling, and dry your throat with shouting, if your heart does not beat with love, your religion falls to the ground like a withered leaf in autumn.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Humiliation of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill them with his love.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Our gifts are very pleasant to Him. He loves to see us lay our time, our talents, our substance on the altar not for the value of what we give, but for the sake of the motive from which the gift springs.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Is not the gospel its own sign and wonder? Is not this a miracle of miracles, that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish’? Surely that precious word, ‘Whosoever will, let him come and take the water of life freely’ and that solemn promise, ‘Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out,’ are better than signs and wonders! A truthful Saviour ought to be believed. He is truth itself. Why will you ask proof of the veracity of One who cannot lie?”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly and lovingly of it.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Zeal–what is it? How shall I describe it? Possess it, and you will know what it is. Be consumed with love for Christ, and let the flame burn continuously, not flaming up at public meetings and dying out in the routine work of every day.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“The intensity of the love of the upright is not so much to be judged by what it appears as by what the upright long for. It is our daily lament that we cannot love enough.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Oh, blessed trust! To trust Him . . . whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be confounded, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Come in, O strong and deep love of Jesus, like the sea at the flood in spring tides, cover all my powers, drown all my sins, wash out all my cares, lift up my earth bound soul, and float it right up to my Lord’s feet, and there let me lie, a poor broken shell, washed up by his love, having no virtue or value; and only venturing to whisper to him that if he will put his ear to me, he will hear within my heart faint echoes of the vast waves of his own love which have brought me where it is my delight to lie, even at his feet for ever.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“That same spirit which makes us love the praise of men makes us dread the threats of men. You cannot be pleased with the adulation of mankind without becoming fearful of tour censure.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon



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Questions And Answers About Love.


What is the definition of God’s love?

Love of God can mean either love for God or love by God. … The Greek term theophilia means the love or favour of God, and theophilos means friend of God, originally in the sense of being loved by God or loved by the gods; but is today sometimes understood in the sense of showing love for God. Wikipedia 


What is love in the Bible?

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


What are the different styles and kinds of love?

“Eros” or Erotic Love. The first kind of love is Eros, which is named after the Greek god of love and fertility. …
“Philia” or Affectionate Love. …
“Storge” or Familiar Love. …
“Ludus” or Playful Love. …
“Mania” or Obsessive Love. …
“Pragma” or Enduring Love. …
“Philautia” or Self Love. …
“Agape” or Selfless Love.  LonerWolf 


What are the signs of love?

  • Give and take in love. …
  • Pure happiness. …
  • Pain and anger. …
  • You make sacrifices for their happiness or wellbeing even if they may not realise it.
  • The right effort. …
  • You can’t hurt them. …
  • You keep your promises. …
  • When you truly love your partner, you see them as part of your life and your future.  Risings 

What defines love in a relationship?

  • 1. A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.
  • 2. A strong feeling of affection and concern for another person accompanied by sexual attraction. Free Dictionary 

Can you explain love?

Love isn’t the easiest of emotions to describe but here are 20 quotes that will helpyou try! Although love is an emotion that can‘t be easily explained, it is the seed to other growing emotions; whether it’s anger, sadness or happiness. All those emotions are evoked from some type of loveYour Tango 


What is God’s love called?

Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agapē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God“. … Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for mankind.  Wikipedia 


Is love a real emotion?

Yet real love is a steadfast promise that repeats itself endlessly through life and beyond death. Love does not increase or decrease in response to its environment, and it does not change with the changing winds. Love is not an emotion; it doesn’t behave the way emotions do. Real love is in a category of its own. Karla Mclaren 


What do I love in a relationship?

Attraction without closeness is more like a crush or infatuation. You’re attracted to someone physically but don’t know the person well enough yet to feel the closeness that comes from sharing personal experiences and feelings. Romantic love is when attraction and closeness are combined. KidsHealth 


What are the languages of love?

  • Words of affirmation. According to Dr. Chapman, this language uses words to affirm other people. …
  • Quality time. This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention. …
  • Receiving gifts. …
  • Acts of service. …
  • Physical touch.  SheKnows 

Is love a real thing?

Love has many permutations, but romantic love is very real. It causes us to move mountains and change the course of our lives. It can break up an existing relationship, and can alter your priorities. … Love is a human construct, and therefore is actually a real thing. Quora 


Is jealousy part of love?

Yes it is. Jealousy is a part of Love. It sounds paradoxical and yet it is the truth. It is important not to confuse envy with jealousy though.


What are some qualities of love?

  • Effortless and Eternal Attraction. When we are truly in love with someone, we discover moments of love and affection in the most normal of situations. …
  • Mutual Respect. …
  • Acceptance. …
  • Selflessness. …
  • Trust. …
  • Healing. …
  • Growth. …
  • Companionship.  Elite Daily 

What is playful love?

Or a couple of lovers. There’s something about the playful connection between them – the way they respond to each other, pay attention to each other, lead each other to happy places and people and things – that makes you think of love. They’re having fun together. A very certain kind of fun. A Playful Path 


What is love affection?

Affection, attraction, infatuation, or fondness is a “disposition or state of mind or body” that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning emotion, disease, influence, and state of being. Wikipedia 


What is infatuation how does it differ from love?

The difference between infatuation vs love is that infatuation is a short-lived passion for someone whereas love is a deep affection for someone that lasts the test of time. … If you’ve only known the person for a short time, then it isinfatuation vs loveLove takes a while to develop. Ilanelanzen 


What words describe love?


Is love a feeling or a choice?

Love is a Choice More than a Feeling. Most of us tend to focus on falling in loveand use the feeling of love to determine the duration of a relationship. Falling inlove is easy to do, almost effortless, but losing that loving feeling is not that hard to do, either. … Feelings, however, can be fleeting. PsychCentral 


Can you stop loving someone if you truly loved them?

The relationship might have ended, but all the feelings that came with it usually insist on following you around. I‘ve been there, so much so that I never really stopped loving the last person I was in love with. … “[You] may never stop lovingthe person,” says Dr. Brenner, “but you‘re not in love.”  Elite Daily 


Can love be proven?

Here are 6 scientifically proven facts about love. While chemistry and passion are a crucial component of love, they are not enough on their own. … Love is a long-term drive. Lust for one person doesn’t last for hours, months and years without stopping.  The Anatomy Of Love 


Is love a chemical?

Researchers say this is due to the dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine we’re releasing. Dopamine is thought to be the “pleasure chemical,” producing a feeling of bliss. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and produces the racing heart and excitement.  How Stuff Works 


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Questions And Answers About Kindness – A Quality Of Love

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What does it mean to have kindness?

The noun kindness can be used for a kind act or to describe someone’s temperament. You might say of someone that her kindness is quite genuine, or on the other hand she fakes kindness to get what she wants.

Vocabulary 

What day is National Kindness Day?

Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. Likewise, on Kindness Day everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration.

Days Of The Year 

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

How can we show kindness to others?

Smile and say “hello” or “good morning” to a stranger walking down the street. …
Pay for the person’s coffee behind you. …
Leave a sweet note for someone you love. …
Let another driver merge into your lane – with a smile on your face. …
Pass along a wonderful book you’ve finished reading. …
Bring a meal to new parents.

Embracing Simple Blog 

What are the effects of kindness?

1) Kindness Makes us Happier. When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good. …
2) Kindness Is Good for the Heart. Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. …
3) Kindness Slows Ageing. …
4) Kindness Improves Relationships. …
5) Kindness is Contagious.

Dr. David Hamilton 

How do you practice kindness?

Ask your roommate or neighbor how they’re doing. …
Smile at a cashier or vendor. …
Tip at least 20%. …
Compliment yourself! …
Offer a friend an ear just to listen. …
Move to the side. …
Let someone go ahead of you. …
Use your cellphone considerately.

Mind Body Green 

How can I be kind to everyone?

Care for others genuinely. …
Don’t be kind for the sake of getting what you want. …
Be kind to yourself. …
Learn kindness from others. …
Cultivate kindness for the good of your own health. …
Make a habit of focusing on kindness. …
Be kind to everyone, not just people “in need”. …
Minimize judgment.

WikiHow

What is an act of kindness?

What is an Act of Kindness? An act of kindness is a spontaneous gesture of goodwill towards someone or something – our fellow humans, the animal kingdom, and the kingdom of nature. Kind words and deeds come from a state of benevolence, generated by a core response deep within all of us.

Kindness 

What does kindness mean to you?

Kindness to me is treating friendship positively at challenging times, for being who the person is and not despite being who the person is. Kindness to me is helping a person without losing one’s true self to negativity. If yes, then not too long.Kindness to me is being honest, firm and gentle when challenged.

Kind Spring 

Can kindness change the world?

Kindness is the best medicine, and being generous can change the world. “One act of kindness towards one human being changes the world. Because to change the world all we have to do is change one life,” says host of the Netflix series TheKindness Diaries, author, and kindness expert Leon Logothetis.

Operation Warm 

Where does the word kindness come from?

Origin of the wordKindness comes from the Old English word ‘kyndnes’ meaning ‘nation’ or ‘produce, increase’. The word is further derived from the Middle Englishword ‘kindenes’ meaning ‘noble deeds’ or ‘courtesy’. The first recorded use of theword kindness was in the 14th century.

Macmillan Dictionary  

Is kindness a virtue?

Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions (see ethics in religion). …Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues.

Wikipedia 

When did Random Acts of Kindness Day start?

Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

National Day Calendar 

Where did random acts of kindness start?

It all started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat.

Make A Diff 

What are some random acts of kindness?

Leave money on a vending machine for someone.
Bake cookies for the elderly.
Serve at a homeless shelter.
Do a 5k for a good cause.
Help at a veterinarian office.
Pick up litter on the beach.
Let someone go in front of you in line.
Give a stranger a compliment.

Natural Beach Living 

How is kindness spread in schools?

Write a ‘thank you’ letter to your teacher. …
Work extra hard this week. …
Volunteer to help clean a classroom or do another chore around school. …
Make a big card for your teacher. …
Pay attention in class. …
Smile. …
Surprise your teachers with a delicious treat! …
Make a positive sign to hang on a door at school.

Parent Tool Kit 

How do you be kind to yourself?

Carve Out Some Time For Yourself. Every day carve out some time for yourself and do something that brings you joy. …
Give Yourself Recognition. …
Cultivate Your Inner Advocate. …
Forgive Yourself. …
Take Good Care of Yourself. …
Respect Yourself. …
Treat Yourself. …
Soothe Yourself.

Daring To Live Fully 

How do I stop being mean spirited?

Imagine how the person you’re with feels or thinks. …
Pause before you react. …
Avoid bringing history into arguments. …
Perform random acts of kindness for no reason. …
Learn to be wrong, lose arguments and walk away. …
Talk to a counselor or therapist.

Live Strong

Is kindness a personality trait?

The character traits for this month are CARIN G/KINDNESS and EMPATHY. Caring/Kindness means to show interest and concern for others – to be friendly and considerate. Empathy is understanding and caring about another person’s thoughts and feelings.

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How do you spread kindness?

Make someone’s day. As children, our parents tell us to make up for misbehaving by doing something nice for someone. …
Act generously. …
Be nice, the right way. …
Respond with kindness. …
Spread positivity. …
Give back. …
Practice self-kindness.

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Why Kindness Is Good for Your Health?

Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional warmth produces the hormone oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body. … This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardio-protective” hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure).

Huffington Post 

What is the kindness project?

About the Kindness Project. … Kindness Project cards have been used around the world to perform random acts of kindness in memory of a child, parent, friend, or spouse who died before their time. The idea is to perform random acts of, usually anonymous, acts of kindness in your community.

Miss Foundation 

What is a kindness card?

Kindness Card is something you can give to the recipient of your kindness. The back of this business-sized card includes a list of various kind acts, to help give the person some ideas of things they can do to be kind and pass it on.

Spread Kindness 

What are kindness rocks?

The Kindness Rocks Project encourages people to create inspirational rocks and leave them for others to find. … That’s the idea behind The Kindness Rocks Project, a pay-it-forward service project created by life coach Megan Murphy in hopes of sparking joy in people’s everyday lives.

Scary Mommy 

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Why We Need More Men Who Cry – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Why We Need More Men Who Cry – Exploring Love In The New Age.


“Real Men don’t cry.” So new age and society have taught men and boys.
Some of the popular adages that society has used to imprison people are beyond me. Teachings like this are how, men started bottling their pain so they could appear manly and stoic.


Now, we find them running to hide their tears and pain in so called Man caves: Bars, T.V, Video games, Sports, Work, Alcohol, Club, Sex, Drugs etc.


Why? Because society has wrongly taught that real men don’t feel pain and thus don’t cry. But then we discover that as they bury their pain, instead of it dying, it starts festering like an ulcer and builds up like an air tight ballon.
And when the ballon can’t take anymore, it erupts and bursts into flaming fires.


Is it any wonder we have so many angry men filled with rage and venom these days? Society has so boxed them in, they have no idea how to handle their emotions anymore except to run to caves.


And when they finally come out of their caves, they find that while they were away hiding, the enemy came, stole, killed and destroyed what they had built . Thus compounding an already bad situation.


Despite these populist views, I know a real man who cried. He is the realest man ever and he wept. Publicly and unashamedly even in front of his friends and enemies, he bared his soul.


Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” John 11_35-36 Pink Square Image

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.

Luke 19:41-42

Jesus had emotions and he was sensitive too. Hallelujah thank God he was a real human who felt and he was not a robot.


When he lost someone he loved deeply because he was late getting to his friend, he wept. See, when he first heard of his friend’s sickness, he procrastinated. And when he finally got there, and found his friend was gone, he wept. He could have acted like a Macho, retro-sexual caveman and been all puffed up and brusque but NO! He chose to be a human and to feel and to empathize.


Maybe he blamed himself for letting his friend die. Or maybe he wept because of the pain in his heart when he saw the tomb and Mary and Martha’s sorrow at the loss. I don’t really know the exact reason, but the Bible says when he saw Mary crying, his spirit was troubled and he wept and when those around him saw him do this, all they could imagine was how much he loved.


 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

John 11:35-36

Weeping is a much deeper emotion than crying. Weeping cuts very deep. Weeping is not for the weak! It takes a brave person to feel that strongly. A society that teaches that men shouldn’t be sensitive is a society leading men to bury their humanity in caves and become animals.


To all the men who are human and daring enough to cry for causes that touch them, we say bravo. To men who feel deeply and ache, we laud you.
You are a rare breed in this world where insensitivity and misogyny are worshipped like the god Baal.


The tears you shed are not in vain.


Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalms 126_5-6 Square Image

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Psalms 126:5-6


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The Greatest Symbol Of Love I Ever Found Is An Empty Tomb

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The Greatest Symbol of love I ever found is an empty tomb.

I have spent my life searching for love and where-ever I have looked, whether in my house, work place, family, friends, I have never found a more powerful symbol than Jesus’s empty tomb.

Jesus’s empty tomb is the most profound, most powerful show of love I have ever found.

Many people have written that the cross at calvary is the greatest symbol of love expressed by Jesus.

While I believe, the cross of Jesus was an expression of love, I don’t believe it is the greatest show of love.

To me, the  cross was just the semi-circle. The full circle happened three days later.

That Sunday morning when Magdalene and the others run, bated breath, panting to the grave just to check and see if their master had indeed kept the promises he had made to them.

We all know how some people will make promises they never intend to keep. Now I imagine Magdalene and the others though: Sprinting to the place of the tomb, spices in tow like people excitedly waiting for their love to show up.

I can just picture the whole episode of them getting to the burial grounds and finding an empty tomb.
And how in that moment, they must have felt.

Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.Matthew 28_5-6 Square Image

Maybe afraid, empty, disappointed, betrayed?

Or

Elated, excited, joy filled.

I think they felt joy instead of pain.

Yes, the tomb was empty, yes the body of Jesus was nowhere in sight and yet the emptiness of the tomb meant he had kept his promise to them just like he had said he would.

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

Mark 10:33-34

By an empty tomb, Jesus Christ showed himself to be true. A man of honor and integrity. A man of his word.

He had risen again after 3 days just like he said he would. The savior risen. Oh I can just picture the scene in my mind. Magdalene and Mary’s joy at the news from the angels.

Without Jesus resurrecting and being alive, I have no idea where we would all be today. The greatest evidence for my beliefs is the  resurrection.

Indeed the resurrection is power personified.

From the partial completion of the cross, Love was made complete and perfect in an EMPTY TOMB.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
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6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
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7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
Matthew 28:5-7

Jules

Refresh Me With Apples, For I Am Lovesick – Love Bible Verses

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Refresh Me With Apples, For I Am Lovesick – Love Bible Verses.



The Song of Songs has been called Names Like:

. The Song Of Solomon.

. The Best Song.

. Songs.


The Songs of Songs was written by King Solomon and it is filled with allegories, metaphors, imagery and direct messages that teach us a number of things on Love;

  1. The Love Between Jesus as the Bridegroom and His Bride The Church. 
  2. The Love Between A Man and Woman.
  3. The Love Between God and Israel his Nation.

The Songs of Songs also provides Christian romantics with prose, poetry and lyrics they can share with their spouses and partners to spice their unions and add color. Below are some of my favorite Bible Verses on love from the Song of Songs.



Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

Song of Songs 8:7


O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, Lovely as Jerusalem, Awesome as an army with banners!

Song of Songs 6:4


Tell me, O you whom I love,
Where you feed your flock,
Where you make it rest at noon.
For why should I be as one who veils herself
By the flocks of your companions?

Song of Songs 1:6-7


Behold, you are fair, my love!
Behold, you are fair!
You have dove’s eyes.

Song of Songs 1:14-15


I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys. The Beloved 2 Like a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters.

Song of Songs 2:1-2


I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

Song of Songs 8:4


He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. 5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick.

Song of Songs 2:4-5


By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. 2 “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. 3 The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?” 4 Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, Until I had brought him to the house of my mother, And into the chamber of her who conceived me.

Song of Songs 3: 1- 4


How fair is your love, My sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, And the scent of your perfumes than all spices!

Song of Songs 4:10


Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death.

Song of Songs 8:6


Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—For your love is better than wine. 3 Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.

Song of Songs 1:2-3


How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights!

Song of Songs 7:6



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He Will Love You And Bless You And Multiply You – Love Bible Verses

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He Will Love You And Bless You And Multiply You – Love Bible Verses.



Love is a great and beautiful force that makes the world go round. Love transcends all our knowns and unknowns. God is love and this is shown by his many sacrifices for mankind.

  • Love Grows
  • Love Lights
  • Love Repairs
  • Love Satisfies
  • Love Protects
  • Love Redeems
  • Love Supports
  • Love Sanctifies
  • Love Encourages
  • Love Positively Increases
  • Love Makes Impossibilities Possible

In exploring the different faces of love for example the love that God has for his people and how he expects us to love other people, I found these relevant and powerful scriptures on Love from the old testament that I think you will love. 


“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16


You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:18


“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5


The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8


“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Deuteronomy 7:9


I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, Surpassing the love of women.

2 Samuel 1:26


You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 13:3


And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 7:13


Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Amos 5:15


‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:33-34



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What Valentine’s Day Should Mean To Christian Believers

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It can be very tempting to get swept with the worldly pressures that valentine’s day comes with and to forget the true message that underlies the holiday!

And it’s a simple but very powerful message.

It’s the message of True Love! Eternal Love that never fail.

The Apostle Paul succinctly and powerfully tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 what True Love is about.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 

5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Below, A Fewox who has a wonderful Blog at Fewox where he blogs on often difficult topics that few people are willing to speak about, writes about Valentine’s Day and what it should mean to Christians.

 

On Valentines Day coming up real soon, we must ask ourselves, What is a “whoremonger” according to God’s Word, The Holy Bible ?

There is a huge difference between love and lust. Most folks in the world speak of love, when in reality, they are speaking of lust. This love vs lust is verifiable, not only statistically but also, in reality.

Lots of lust, sexual immorality being committed every day in this world, especially on Valentines Day where this sinful behavior is multiplied and seems to be the goal of most.

Just look around at all the divorce and re-marriage going on around us. The Bible speaks of the marriage bed as being undefiled. A man and woman who are married are free to enjoy the sexual relationship between each other as God has designed for man and wife, Adam and Eve, NOT ADAM AND STEVE!

26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:26-30

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Walk in Light
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

Ephesians 5:1-14

If You Find Yourself Alone Or Lonely I Hope You Are Met By Love

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Valentine’s day comes every year on February 14th.

Some people are blessed to have a partner, spouse, friends and family to celebrate with.

Others find themselves lonely or alone during this time.

For the lonely and alone, I pray you run to Jesus when you are feeling unloved, alone, lonely, uncared for or rejected.

The arms of Jesus are open wide to give you the love you desperately need and are searching for.

So, on this day, I send out love, light, hope, faith and prayers to all those who are alone, hurting, lonely and those searching for true love.

Jesus is true love!

And if you need proof of his love for you, just look to his cross.

His cross is awash with immeasurable words like:

You matter

You are loved

You are worthy

You are precious

You are awesome

You are beautiful

You are handsome

You are cherished

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this 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 also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:7-11

I dedicate United Pursuit’s Song, Met By Love:

There is none, none like You
Who can know my heart like You do?
For all creation sings Your song
I will join with them, Declaring Your glory

There is none, none like You
Who can know my heart like You do?
For all creation sings Your song
I will join with them, declaring Your glory

We can run straight into Your arms, unafraid
‘Cause every time we need You, we’re met by love
And we can lift our hands to Heaven, full of faith
‘Cause every time we worship, we see Your face

We see Your face
We see Your face
We see Your face
We see Your face

There is no one like You, Lord
You, Lord
Oh, there is no one like You, Lord

John

What Does Love Mean To Children

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What does love mean to children as they grow up?

What does love mean to children as they grow up?

Are we teaching children the true meaning of love and helping them not only know the love of Jesus Christ but love for others?

I found five children at the park and decided to ask them what love meant to each of them. They gave me some delightful answers.

Thomas – Age 6 – “Love is when Daddy tucks me in to sleep at night and reads me a story.”

Jenny – Age 5 – “Love is when mummy buys me dolls and treats.”

Benjamin – Age 5 – “Love is being all nice and good.” 

Gerry – Age 7 – “Love is when my mummy and my daddy kiss and look at each other with that look in their eyes.”

Regina – Age 6 – “When my friend Destiny shares her toys and snacks with me while we are playing, that is love.

Ritu is a working mother who has two adorable children.

She shares her experiences on, “What love means to kids”  in an awesome blog post. Her post was inspired by a question she asked her two children on what love meant to them.

Her children gave very creative  responses.

In answering the question, they imaginatively expressed themselves by drawing pictures, writing posts and some very heart warming poetry. She starts her fabulous blog post by telling us: 

“I asked my children what love meant, and both of them, at separate times, mad faces at me, and went “Yuck!” Typical reactions for an 11 and 9-year-old! Love = boys/girls = kissing. Of course, that’s ‘yuck’ to them! After a little more explanation, the best we came up with was this; Lil Man There” ……. 

via Day 17 #Loveuary ❤ What Does Love Mean to Kids — But I Smile Anyway…

To read the Full Blog Post, please click the Link above

As we help children learn how to love wholesomely, we should remember to teach them the 1 Corinthians 13Bible definition of love which I summarized as:

Love is patient

Love is kind.

Love does not envy

Love is not boastful

Love is not puffed up

Love does not act improperly

Love is not selfish

Love is not provoked

Love thinks no evil

Love does not keep a record of wrongs

Love takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true

Love bears all things

Love believes all things

Love hopes all things

Love endures all things

Love never fails

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Hannah

To Get Rid Of An Enemy One Must Love Him And Other Love Quotes – Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy also known as Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Famous Russian Nobleman, Writer and Philosopher who became a Christian Anarchist after going through a Spiritual Awakening.


He believed in Nonviolent Resistance in achieving political transformation. In addition to his more famous works like, “War and Peace”, he wrote a Spiritual book titled, “The Kingdom Of God is Within You” which I encourage you to read because of it’s depth into spiritual matters.


Based on his writings, one is moved by how he believed in Love and it’s power. Below we found some amazing quotes he wrote on love. We hope you enjoy them.


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Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.” 

Leo Tolstoy



“Every heart has its own skeletons.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where Love should be.” 

Leo Tolstoy



“But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“It’s hard to love a woman and do anything.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“They’ve got no idea what happiness is, they don’t know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us–there is no life.” 

Leo Tolstoy



“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.” 

Leo Tolstoy



Love those who hate you.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” 

Leo Tolstoy



“He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.” 

Leo Tolstoy


Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them - Leo Tolstoy Quote Social Media Square Image

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” 

Leo Tolstoy



Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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Yes, love, …but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object is needed. And I know that blissful feeling now too. To love one’s neighbours; to love one’s enemies. To love everything – to Love God in all His manifestations. Some one dear to one can be loved with human love; but an enemy can only be loved with divine love. And that was why I felt such joy when I felt that I loved that man. What happened to him? Is he alive? …Loving with human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change. Nothing, not even death, can shatter it. It is the very nature of the soul. And how many people I have hated in my life. And of all people none I have loved and hated more than her…. If it were only possible for me to see her once more… once, looking into those eyes to say.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“Everything I know, I know because of love.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“To get rid of an enemy one must love him.” 

Leo Tolstoy


“We are asleep until we fall in love!” 

Leo Tolstoy


“He went down trying not to look long at her, as though she were the sun, but he saw her, as one sees the sun, without looking.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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“The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness.” 

Leo Tolstoy


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Those Whom I Love I Rebuke And Discipline – Love Bible Verses

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Love is both a verb and noun. It’s something we can express through our actions and also through speech. Love is beautiful, very powerful and transcends all the senses.


The Bible is a book of Love which clearly shows us:


– How much Love God has for us.
– How God demonstrated and still shows his Love for us.
– How we can Love other people.
Love is also one of the most powerful forces in the world


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Love Heals.
Love Builds.
Love Fulfills.
Love Renews.
Love Inspires.
Love Cleanses.
Love Restores.
Love Multiples.
Love Motivates.
Love Nourishes.
Love Beautifies.
Love Resurrects.
Love Strengthens.
Love Rejuvenates.
Love turns enemies to friends.


In learning about love, I searched and found these totally awesome Bible verses on love, illustrating both God’s love and human love from the New Testament that I think you will find helpful.


We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

1 John 4:19-21


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This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 John 3:16


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If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:17-18


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The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5


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The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:7-10


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Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

1 Peter 3:8-10


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God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 6:10-12


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We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:4-5


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Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Colossians 3:12-14


Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:19-20


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