6.10.2017

More Love


If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. // I Corinthians 13

Love is a word so misused in today's culture. We seem to have a lot of it, yet I really think that we don't have enough of it. Enough of the right kind of love, anyway. We have plenty of the wrong, mixed up kind!
The right kind of love is the kind that the Bible instructs us about- the kind of sacrificial love that Jesus displayed. Of course, we can't ever come close to having that kind of love for someone else, but God has given us some guidelines to follow regarding the kind of love we can have with His help. The Bible talks a lot about love in many places, but one of the verses that struck me recently was John 13:35, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” How convicting!

I'm convinced that what the world needs is more genuine love. More love for others, and more love for Jesus. If we have love for Him, we should have love for others, so perhaps starting with loving Him more is the way we need to go. This post is a fantastic look at what loving Jesus more should look like.


None of us can love perfectly, but all of us can love more. That's most important thing. We don't have to- and can never- love perfectly, but we can- and should be- striving to love more as we learn and grow in Christ. That's a huge goal to have, but it's an important one! (Besides, I love having big goals and seeing what comes of them- especially when they're something that can only be done with Jesus' help, such as having more love for Him!) I have a long way to go with this goal, but I know it's vital for the future. And of course, with God, nothing is impossible. ♥

What do you think about this idea of having more love- more love for God, more love for others, more love for the world? Do you have any ideas on how we can love more like Jesus? Comment and join the conversation!

8 comments:

  1. This was such a wonderful post! We do need more love. Love for God, love for each other and love for the lost.

    ~ Pip

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    1. Yes indeed... more love is a must for everyone! Thank you for reading and for your thoughts, Pip! xx

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  2. Very true, Emily, and great post! =) To answer your questions, I think one way to love God and others more is to have the right perspective. If we view ourselves for who we truly are (sinners saved by the grace of God), we will be able to stand before God with utter humility and reverence for the love He has shown us. And then we can show that same humility and love to those around us - realizing that God made them in His image and likeness. And if God chooses to love them, shouldn't we? (I haven't mastered this nor am even close though...these are just some thoughts) =) What do you think are other key aspects of developing love in our hearts?

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    1. Having a right perspective is a wonderful way to show more love, Hosanna! When we do that, we truly do have more awe at what He has done for us, and more love for others based off that response. Also, I think that just keeping close to Jesus and asking Him for more of His love to shine through our lives is another wonderful place to start. What do you think?
      Of course, we can't have a right perspective unless we're spending time with Him anyway, so you were right on. =)
      Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Hosanna! xx

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    2. Of course! If we do have a right perspective (or are striving to attain it), I think we will naturally want to keep close to Jesus and be in His presence. The more we fall in love with Him and realize His grace, the more we will desire to be with Him. ♥ More Jesus = More Love. =)

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  3. My biggest desire to spread Jesus' love is through my job - which I eventually hope will be as a published author. However, right now I'll be working with underprivileged kids this summer which will be an amazing opportunity to do just that - spread my Savior's love to someone who may never get a chance to experience it in his or her's young life.

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    1. What a great way to spread God's love, Kara! Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing! xx

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  4. None of us can love perfectly, but all of us can love more. Wow, I like that so much - it's true and convicting. It's also mindblowing to think that God is love, and in loving more, we're becoming more like Him! xx

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