God is love . . . and more!

John wrote, “God is love.” But there are many other aspects of God’s character. We suggest they are simply various expressions of his love. He is good (Psalm 100:4) and describes his goodness to Moses (Exodus 33:19) as “compassionate . . . gracious . . . slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining…

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Priority of Love: from Paul 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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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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 us (John 13:34). The list…

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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 said that all the Law…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 3: How to Love Our Enemies

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our enemies. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1 and How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 2: How to Love Our Neighbor

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our neighbor. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands to “Love God” and to “Love our neighbor.” The…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 1: How to Love God

Searching the Internet, we found lists of commands from Jesus where the number of commands varied in length from 39 to 120. Jesus actually uses the word “command” (or commandment) only once: “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one…

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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 and be loved. Consider each…

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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 difficult to do because…

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