Love

 

Let us love one another. — I John 4:7

To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best.

Jesus did not say, “Here I am; I am nothing; walk on me.” But, “Here I am; I am nothing of myself. Let me show you this humility by letting me love you. There is a real parallel between humility and love. — Ray Cross

You are closer to death today than you ever have been before.

The greatest sin is cold indifference.

The true opposite of love is not hate but indifference. Hate, bad as it is, at least treats the neighbour as a thou, whereas indifference turns the neighbour into an it, a thing. This is why we may say that there is actually one thing worse than evil itself, and that is indifference to evil. — J. Fletcher, Situation Ethics, p. 63

The true measure of loving God is to love Him without measure. — Bernard of Clairvaux

God loves everyone as though there were but one of us to love. — Augustine

Speak the truth in love.

While visiting a family years ago I had opportunity to visit with their eleven year old daughter before bedtime. She was asking me questions about God and what he likes. Then she said, “You know, I thought that before I go to bed I kiss my father and my mother; why not kiss God before I go to sleep. So I just kiss Him before I fall asleep–I just kiss and I know He is right there (pointing to her lips).

Christian love does not, indeed, neglect men’s physical welfare;…It relieves distress; …But it always does these things with the consciousness of the one inestimable gift (salvation)…

In the second place, Christian love is not merely intellectual or emotional, but also moral. It involves nothing less than the keeping of the whole moral law. (Gal. 5:14)…it is not Christianity unless it makes men better….The Christian…loves the law of the Lord; he does right because he cannot help it.

In the third place, love involves, a peculiar conception of the content of the law. It regards morality primarily as unselfishness….

In the fourth place, Chrisitian love is not merely love for man; it is also, and even primarily, love of God….

Love, according to the New Testament, is not the means of salvation, but it is the finest fruit of it; a man is saved by faith, not by love; but he is saved by faith in order that he may love. — Greshem Machin, What is Faith? p. 213-214

In courtship the boy should aim at earning the trust of his date, so that she is secure in believing that he will not take advantage of her. The deepening of this trust should be an object in marriage. As this is continually reinforced a couple is able to commit themselves to each other more and more. Love deepens and enriching intimacy of spirit grow through greater trust. True love and true trust–there is nothing more beautiful. — Ray Cross

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. — Victor Hugo

When someone you know becomes a memory, memory becomes a treasure.

As a patient came slowly out of anesthetic he asked, “Why are the blinds drawn, doctor?” The doctor replied, “There’s a fire across the street and we didn’t want you to think the operation was a failure.

Wouldn’t it be neat to know the time and place that you were to die?

What good would that do?

I wouldn’t show up.

Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the one thing hated. — George MacDonald

Love knows what you can be, and yearns for it.

Don’t let your heart run away with your head.

Love one another. Love is patient and kind, not rude or selfish. Love one another. (I Corinthians 13:4-5; John 13:34 NCV)

Love looks for a way of being constructive. ( I Corinthians 13:4 PV)

Love is not possessive and jealous. It wants the best for another. — Ray Cross

Love does not brag and is not proud. (I Corinthians 13:4 NCV)

Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. (I Corinthians 13:5 NCV)

Love does not remember wrongs done against it. (I Corinthians 13:5 NCV)

Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give your brothers and sisters more honor than you want for yourselves. (Romans 12:10 NCV)

The greatest sin is cold indifference.

Love-filled lives overflow.

Let us love one another. (I John 4:7)

Ignorance with love is better than wisdom without it.

Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love. — Buddha

Men with clenched fists cannot shake hands.

If you want love, give it. If you want respect, be respectable.

I am convinced that a woman has a far greater capacity to love a man than a man has to love a woman. I have yet to see a woman who will not respond to love. — Dr. Tim LaHaye

If you love only those who love you, what credit is that to you? (Matthew 5:46 PT)

Love your neighbour as yourself. (Galatians 5:14 NCV)

Most of all, let love guide your life. (Colossians 3:14 LB)

God loves you; doesn’t that prove he has a sense of humour?

Love must be learned and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but wants only to be provoked. — Katherine Anne Porter

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. — Rainer Maria Rilke

We pardon in the degree that we love. — Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Where love is thin, faults are thick.

Love can always wait to give. Lust cannot wait to get.

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. — George Washington Carver

To love someone means to see him as God intended him. — Feodor Dostoevski

Love letters are the campaign promises of the heart. — Robert Friedman

Infatuation , like the common cold must run its course. — Eli J. Schleifer

A little oil of Christian love will save a lot of friction.

Love filled loves overflow.

When skill and love work together expect a masterpiece.

Him that I love, I wish to be free–even from me. — Anne Morrow Lindberg

Love always desires to have its object near, and it has a faculty of bringing its object near. If you love anybody that person may be far away and yet to your thoughts he is close at hand. Love brings the beloved one so near that the thought of him acts upon its life. — Spurgeon

The master-magnet of the Gospel is not fear, but love. Penitents are drawn to Christ rather than driven. The most frequent impulse which leads men to Jesus is hope that in Him they may find salvation. Love wins the day. One hair from the head of love will draw more than the cable of fear. — Spurgeon

Love is the healing power of God for physical and spiritual healing. A person’s soul or body cannot be healed without God’s love being evidenced in some way. If we would be an instrument of God’s working in salvation, edification, and physical healing we must realize that all these come through experiencing, living, and disseminating the love of God. The love of God is the dynamic of the Chrisitian life, the power, the supernatural prerequisite and sustainer. Love is not static: it must flow to others.

Love does not merely accept. It knows what you can be and yearns for it. — Ray Cross

Familiarity without love may breed contempt; but familiarity, with love, will breed appreciation, joy and comradeship. — Ray Cross

Love seeks the best interests of its object. — Ray Cross

Real love is helping someone who can’t return the favour. — Ray Cross

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,

Remember this terse little verse;

To let a fool kiss you is stupid,

To let a kiss fool you is worse. — E.Y. Harburg

The thicker our love the thinner other’s faults.

Don’t tell me how much you know until I find out how much you care.

Infantile love follows the principle: “I love because I am loved.”

Mature love follows the principle: “I am loved because I love.”

Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.”

Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.” — Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving

Who benfits when everybody puts others first? — EVERYBODY

Who benefits when everybody puts themselves first? — NOBODY

The way many people live suggests that they believe the latter no matter how much they claim the former. — Ray Cross

If everybody puts everyone else first, everybody benefits. — Ray Cross

If everybody puts everyone else first, everyone gets ahead.

If everybody puts everyone else second, everyone falls behind. — Ray Cross

To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best.

We have just enough religion to make us hate, not enough to make us love. — Swift

Love is the foundation from which all Christian virtues flow. — Bosch

Faith without love is fanaticism.

Love without faith is sentamentalism.

Faith with love is evangelism.

People are meant to be loved and things used. Much of our trouble in life stems from the fact that things are loved and people used.

The only safe and sure way to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend. — Ray Cross

There are only two ways to get rid of an enemy — kill him, or make him your friend. It is self evident the route we should choose as people of peace and love. — Ray Cross

Blessed are they who know the power of love.

They dwell in God, for God is love. — John Oxenham

The sunlight of love will kill all the germs of jealousy and hate.

Love needs no rival to slay it; neglect will do it.

Kissing is the only acceptable two-faced action.

Love’s trait:

1. Compassion — the heart

2. Kindness — the act

3. Grace — the munificence

4. Mercy — the disposition

5. Sacrifice — the service

6. Pity — the help

7. Sympathy — the fellowship — Sword of the Lord Scrapbook II, p. 25

Soap-opera love (lust) usually means “I love me and want what you can give. — Joni Eareckson, A Step Further, p. 53

The measure of your heart is not in how much you love others but in how much others love you. — Wizard of Oz

Love makes no reckoning of odds. — Spurgeon

To touch another’s heart, you must use your own.

Every member caring means every member sharing. — Ray Cross

Walking in love keeps the church together despite diversity. (Amos 3: 3) — Ray Cross

To believe that Christ will return — that is faith.

To expect to meet Him — that is hope.

To invite another to meet Him — that is love.

Jesus Christ would rather have your love than your service. — Bob Jones Sr.

Faith working itself out through love–love is the work, faith is the means….The work is love,…It is not a mere emotion, it is not even a mere benvolent desire; it is a practical thing….Christian love includes not merely the wish for the welfare of one’s fellow-men, not merely even the willingness to help, but also the power. In order to love in the Chrisitian sense, a man must be not only benevolent, but also strong and good; he must love his fellow-men enough to build up his own strength in order to use it for their benefit. — Gershem Machin, What is Faith p. 211-212

To concern oneself about a ‘thing’ or a ‘person’ means, to love, to like him or it. Such ‘liking’, understood in a more original way, means, to confer essence. Such ‘liking origin’ is the proper nature of potency (vernogen), which not only can perform this or that, but which can let something be what it is as it stems from its true origin. It is the potency of this loving on the strength of whihc something is in fact capable of being. — Heidegger

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. — David Viscott, “How to Live with Another Person”

Faith makes all things possible; love makes them easy. — Ray Cross

If you can be in love and still use good sense, you are somebody. One of the greatest tests of our character is your ability to be sensible when you are in love. — Bob Jones, Things I Have Learned p. 49

Ignorance with love is better than wisdom without it.

And he that shuts Love out, in turn shall be

Shut out of Love, and on her theshold lie

Howling in outer darkness. — Tennyson

Love brings its own illumination to difficult decisions and vexing relations. He who loves radiates light that enables others to walk in the light and not stumble. — Matthew Henry, re. I John 2:11

If a mother breast-feeds her baby, the way that God designed for her to feed him, the baby’s head is next to the mother’s heart during the feeding process. Some of the world’s philosophers and artists, and a number of our modern scientists, feel that the association of the heart-beat of the mother with the security of new or unborn life universally causes the human race to associate love with the physical organ of the heart–even though, in fact, all of our human emotions are really experienced in a portion of the brain called the hypothalmus. Of course, nobody ever says, ‘I love you with all my hypothalmus.’ It is always, ‘I love you with all my heart.’ In their portraits of babes-in-arms, the masters of art inevitably place the head of the baby on the left side of the mother’s chest with the ear toward the mother’s heart. The heart ‘s symbolism of love could be rooted in the fact that all of us began our life nestled beneath our mother’s heart, close enough to hear it best day and night for several weeks before we were born. — Dr. Richard Dobbins, “Is There Life After Self” p. 79-80

 

 

Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases
and pleases wherever it goes
.

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Don’t think of him as gone away;
His journey’s just begun.
Life holds so many facets;
This earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
From the sorrow and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days or years.

Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away

Think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.

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Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
— Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, dramatist (1855 – 1934)

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Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day.
So many things have happened,
Since you were called away,
So many things to share with you
Had you been left to stay.
Everyday memories of you, come our way,
Though absent you are ever near
Still missed and loved always dear.

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You had a sense of humour
And a sparkle in your eyes,
A hleping hand in time of need
On that you could rely.
No longer can we touch your hands
Or see your smiling face,
No longer can we hear you voice,
Or fell your warm embraces.
But something we will always have
Hold safely in our hearts
Our love for you, their love for us
Will never let us part.

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May the winds of love blow softly
And whisper for you to hear
That we still love and miss you
And wish that you were here.
We cannot bring the old days back
When we were all together
But happy days and loving thoughts
Will live with us forever.

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There is a special place in our hearts
for those we have loved,
for those who have loved us without question,
without a word or promise…
There is a special place where there is no pain or fear,
where love flows freely…
There is a special place to rest in our hearts forever.

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Grief is the price we pay for love.  – Anonymous

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Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of years, but they die young.  – Arthur Wing Pinero

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Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, 
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one’s gone.
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,
for as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.

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Love Lives On
Those we love are never really lost to us – we feel them in so many special ways-
through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days… in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone… Those we love are never really lost to us – For everywhere their special love lives on.   — A. Bradley

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If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.   —  Winnie the Pooh

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Those who loved can truly tell, the heartache of parting without farewell.
—  Anonymous

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Love like ours can never die.
—  Rudyard Kipling, author and poet (1865 – 1936)

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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
—  Anonymous

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Grief is the price we pay for love.  —  Anonymous

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Light
The night has a thousand eyes.

And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes.
And the heart but one:
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.
—  Francis Bourdillon, poet, tutor and translator (1852 – 1921)

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If I Should Go Tomorrow
If I should go tomorrow

It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.
— Anonymous

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I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
—  Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate (1809 – 1892)

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A Parting Guest
What delightful guests are they

Life and Love!
Lingering I turn away,
This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
Their high hospitality.
So with face lit with delight
And all gratitude, I stay
Yet to press their hands and say,
“Thanks. So fine a time! Goodnight.”
— James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (1849 – 1916)

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No one perfectly loves God who does not perfectly love some of His creatures.

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WHY
We cannot ask the reason why,
Nor can we question God,
We cannot doubt His wisdom,
Or understand His Love.

For it was Love that made Him
Taste death for every man;
And it is Love that guideth
His never failing hand.

And it was Love that granted grace
So we could bear the pain;
And it was Love that gave us peace
And made us smile again.

And it is Love that gives us
The strength to live each day;
And it is Love that promised
That He would never fail.

For one day we’ll see Jesus,
And see His lovely face;
Then Love’s plan will be made plain,
We’ll understand His ways.

We cannot ask the reason why,
Nor can we question God.
We cannot doubt His wisdom,
Or understand His Love.
— Doug Howell

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They That Love Beyond The World
They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it,

death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can spirits ever be divided that love
and live in the same divine principle,
the root and record of their friendship.
If absence be not death, neither is theirs.
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas;
they live in one another still.
For they must needs be present,
that love and live in that which is ominipresent.
In this divine glass, they see face to face;
and their converse is free as well as pure.
This is the comfort of friends,
that though they may be said to die,
yet their friendship and society are,
in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
— William Penn, Quaker and founder ofPennsylvania (1644 – 1718)

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His Journey’s Just Begun
Don’t think of him as gone away

his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
— Ellen Brenneman

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It hurts very deeply when we lose someone we love. But in the midst of the heartache and confusion, It is comforting to know we can find peace in the presence of Jesus. He understands our hurt and desires to heal the pain which has touched us so deeply.