Priority of Love: from Peter the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved...

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Priority of Love: from John the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved...

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The Commands of Jesus—Part 4: How to Love Jesus

Concluding our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1, How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2 and How to Love Our Enemies in Part 3. Remember, Jesus...

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Understanding Our Essential Needs

Our “essential needs”—met or unmet—affect our thinking, emotions and ultimately our behavior. The following list describes 10 of our essential needs and how we may respond depending on the circumstance. Understanding our potential response can help us to better navigate difficult situations as well as how we can better love...

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The Love-Based Apology

The four parts of the love-based apology are expressing (1) remorse and (2) repentance, taking (3) responsibility for the wrong and (4) making restitution.1 All four elements are important for healing and rebuilding trust. Remorse: Remorse shows love and soothes the pain with empathy, comfort, and compassion. This is very...

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When We Are Unloving (Part 2)

Let’s look a little closer at the other word I (Mark Fee) deliberately use when talking about sin or being unloving: the word “harm.” Whether we have passive or open aggression toward another, this is where we are being intentional to cause pain. We can do this in all kinds...

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When We Are Unloving (Part 1)

What do we do when we are unloving, when we sin? I (Mark) use the term “unloving” for a reason. When we talk about sin we often mean failing to live up to some standard. Romans 3:23, for example, reminds us that, “all have sinned and fall short of the...

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