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1.
Christian love is never theoretical or abstract; it is always practical.

Christian love is never theoretical or abstract; it is always practical.

Reference:  Leading With Love, Lewis and Roth, 2006, p. 111-112, Used by Permission. Get this book!


2.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.


Author: Augustine
Topics: Love-Defined
3.
According to the world, we love in order to be loved. According to the Word, we love because God first loved us. Whereas the world falls in love, God’s people are established in love. The love that we possess, however, is not a fleeting whim that comes and goes with every mood and circumstance; rather, it is a love that is beyond ourselves. Our love, true love, has meaning, meaning that cannot be stripped away by any thing, any one, or any feeling. Our love cannot be shaken because it is grounded not in self but in sacrifice.

According to the world, we love in order to be loved. According to the Word, we love because God first loved us. Whereas the world falls in love, God’s people are established in love. The love that we possess, however, is not a fleeting whim that comes and goes with every mood and circumstance; rather, it is a love that is beyond ourselves. Our love, true love, has meaning, meaning that cannot be stripped away by any thing, any one, or any feeling. Our love cannot be shaken because it is grounded not in self but in sacrifice.

Reference:  Love is in the Air, Tabletalk Magazine, May 2004, p. 6. Used by Permission.


Author: Burk Parsons
Topics: Love-Defined
4.
In Himself, God is love; through Him, love is manifested, and by Him, love is defined.

In Himself, God is love; through Him, love is manifested, and by Him, love is defined.

Reference:  Love is in the Air, Tabletalk Magazine, May 2004, p. 6. Used by Permission.


5.
Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

Reference:  Mere Christianity, p. 99.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-Defined
7.
Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; 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 school; and temperance is love in training.

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; 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 school; and temperance is love in training.


Author: D.L. Moody
Topics: Love-Defined
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In biblical thinking, genuine love exists only when good works are done in a context where God rather than the doer gets the credit.

In biblical thinking, genuine love exists only when good works are done in a context where God rather than the doer gets the credit.

Reference:  The Unity of the Bible, Zondervan, 1992, p. 168. Get this book!


9.
Love is not a thing of enthusiastic emotion. It is a rich, strong, manly, vigorous expression of the whole round Christian character – the Christ-like nature in its fullest development. And the constituents of this great character are only to be built up by ceaseless practice.

Love is not a thing of enthusiastic emotion. It is a rich, strong, manly, vigorous expression of the whole round Christian character – the Christ-like nature in its fullest development. And the constituents of this great character are only to be built up by ceaseless practice.


Author: Henry Drummond
Topics: Love-Defined
10.
Feelings change. You can’t promise to have a feeling. So if love is a feeling, the marriage vow makes no sense at all. But the vow does make sense because love is not a feeling. What is it, then? Love is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person. Of course, people who love each other usually do have strong feelings too, but you can have those feelings without having love. Love, let me repeat, is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person.

Feelings change. You can’t promise to have a feeling. So if love is a feeling, the marriage vow makes no sense at all. But the vow does make sense because love is not a feeling. What is it, then? Love is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person. Of course, people who love each other usually do have strong feelings too, but you can have those feelings without having love. Love, let me repeat, is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person.

Reference:  Copied from How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski copyright 2004, p.98. Used by permission of NavPress (Think Books) - www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. Get this book!


11.
Love is NOT:

1. Something you “fall into” – a black hole.

2. Infatuation. Emotional loss of control. “Flipped out…” “Couldn’t help myself.” Romanticism and sentimentalism. “Puppy love.” Boy-crazy; girl-crazy.

3. Evaluating another by external criteria. “She’s a #10.”

4. Selfish. Interested in “getting” to satisfy my needs.

5. Taking advantage of another (age, height, weight, looks, intellect, emotional maturity, spiritual maturity, social standings, social skills, psychological understanding, place of authority, financial superiority, etc.).

6. Improper need fulfillment. Need for love, acceptance, relating, bonding, belonging, to be valued, affirmed, excitement, identity, etc.

7. Lust. Hormones. Lasciviousness, sensuality. “Let’s get physical.”

8. Sex. “Making love.”

9. Idolatry. “……is my life.” Totally preoccupied in attention and time.

Love is NOT: 1. Something you “fall into” – a black hole. 2. Infatuation. Emotional loss of control. “Flipped out…” “Couldn't help myself.” Romanticism and sentimentalism. “Puppy love.” Boy-crazy; girl-crazy. 3. Evaluating another by external criteria. “She's a #10.” 4. Selfish. Interested in “getting” to satisfy my needs. 5. Taking advantage of another (age, height, weight, looks, intellect, emotional maturity, spiritual maturity, social standings, social skills, psychological understanding, place of authority, financial superiority, etc.). 6. Improper need fulfillment. Need for love, acceptance, relating, bonding, belonging, to be valued, affirmed, excitement, identity, etc. 7. Lust. Hormones. Lasciviousness, sensuality. “Let's get physical.” 8. Sex. “Making love.” 9. Idolatry. “......is my life.” Totally preoccupied in attention and time.

Reference:  Excerpted from: Courtship, Study Outlines, 1999, www.christinyou.net.


Author: James Fowler
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love is: 1. Respectful of the other person’s values, standards and opinions. 2. Unselfish and unconditional. 3. A decision to relate to the other person at every level – spiritual, psychological and physical. 4. Giving of oneself to the other. 5. Responsible to seek the highest good of the other person “for better or for worse.” 6. God in action (Rom. 5:5; 1 John 4:8, 16).

Love is: 1. Respectful of the other person's values, standards and opinions. 2. Unselfish and unconditional. 3. A decision to relate to the other person at every level – spiritual, psychological and physical. 4. Giving of oneself to the other. 5. Responsible to seek the highest good of the other person “for better or for worse.” 6. God in action (Rom. 5:5; 1 John 4:8, 16).

Reference:  James Fowler Excerpted from: Courtship, Study Outlines, 1999, www.christinyou.net.


Author: James Fowler
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love is giving – giving of oneself to another. It is not getting, as the world says today. It is not feeling and desire; it is not something over which one has no control. It is something that we do for another. No one loves in the abstract. Love is an attitude that issues forth in something that actually, tangibly happens.

Love is giving – giving of oneself to another. It is not getting, as the world says today. It is not feeling and desire; it is not something over which one has no control. It is something that we do for another. No one loves in the abstract. Love is an attitude that issues forth in something that actually, tangibly happens.

Reference:  Christian Living in the Home, P&R Publishing, 1972, p. 99, Used by Permission.


Author: Jay Adams
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love at first is not feeling. Love first can be expressed as giving. That is at the core of love. If one gives, the feeling of love will follow. To love we must give of ourselves, of our time, of our substance, of whatever it takes to show love; for giving is fundamental to the biblical idea of love.

Love at first is not feeling. Love first can be expressed as giving. That is at the core of love. If one gives, the feeling of love will follow. To love we must give of ourselves, of our time, of our substance, of whatever it takes to show love; for giving is fundamental to the biblical idea of love.

Reference:  Christian Living in the Home, P&R Publishing, 1972, p. 41, Used by Permission.


Author: Jay Adams
Topics: Love-Defined
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Biblical love is not emotions or feelings, but attitudes and actions that seek the best interests of the other person, regardless of how we feel toward him.

Biblical love is not emotions or feelings, but attitudes and actions that seek the best interests of the other person, regardless of how we feel toward him.

Reference:  The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 208. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com.  All rights reserved.  Get this book!


Author: Jerry Bridges
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love binds together all virtues of Christian character. Love is not so much a character trait as the inner disposition of the soul that produces them all… Though love may be more a motivational force than an actual display of Christian virtue, it always results in actions on our part. Love inclines us and directs us to be kind, to forgive, to give of ourselves to one another.

Love binds together all virtues of Christian character. Love is not so much a character trait as the inner disposition of the soul that produces them all… Though love may be more a motivational force than an actual display of Christian virtue, it always results in actions on our part. Love inclines us and directs us to be kind, to forgive, to give of ourselves to one another.

Reference:  The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 203. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.  Get this book!


Author: Jerry Bridges
Topics: Love-Defined
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The primary meaning of the word “love” in Scripture is a purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another. In fact, loving God is demonstrated by obeying His Word (Jn. 14:15, 21, 23-24; 1 Jn. 5:3; 2 Jn. 1:6). Powerful emotions may accompany biblical love, but it is the commitment of the will that holds love steadfast and unchanging. Emotions may change, but a commitment to love in a biblical manner endures and is the hallmark of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The primary meaning of the word “love” in Scripture is a purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another. In fact, loving God is demonstrated by obeying His Word (Jn. 14:15, 21, 23-24; 1 Jn. 5:3; 2 Jn. 1:6). Powerful emotions may accompany biblical love, but it is the commitment of the will that holds love steadfast and unchanging. Emotions may change, but a commitment to love in a biblical manner endures and is the hallmark of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Reference:  Self-Confrontation Manuel, Lesson 13, Page 4, Used by Permission of the Biblical Counseling Foundation.


Author: John Broger
Topics: Love-Defined
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Genuine love is not merely a feeling or an involuntary attraction. It involves a willful choice, and that is why (the word is often) in the form of an imperative. Far from being something we “fall into” by happenstance, authentic love involves a deliberate, voluntary commitment to sacrifice whatever we can for the good of the person we love.

Genuine love is not merely a feeling or an involuntary attraction. It involves a willful choice, and that is why (the word is often) in the form of an imperative. Far from being something we “fall into” by happenstance, authentic love involves a deliberate, voluntary commitment to sacrifice whatever we can for the good of the person we love.

Reference:  The Fulfilled Family, Copyright: John MacArthur, 2005, p. 58-59.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Love-Defined
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[Love] is not a feeling but a determined act of will, which always results in determined acts of self giving. Love is the willing, joyful desire to put the welfare of others above our own.

[Love] is not a feeling but a determined act of will, which always results in determined acts of self giving. Love is the willing, joyful desire to put the welfare of others above our own.

Reference:  1 Corinthians, Moody, 1984, p. 329.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty’s sake, or right for right’s sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one’s own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God’s grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person.

Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty's sake, or right for right's sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one's own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God's grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person. Buy Now

Reference:  Desiring God, 1996, p. 103, Used by Permission, www.desiringGod.org.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Love-Defined
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Selfishness seeks its own private happiness at the expense of others. Love seeks its happiness in the happiness of the beloved. It will even suffer and die for the beloved in order that its joy might be full in the life and purity of the beloved.

Selfishness seeks its own private happiness at the expense of others. Love seeks its happiness in the happiness of the beloved. It will even suffer and die for the beloved in order that its joy might be full in the life and purity of the beloved.

Reference:  Desiring God, 1996, p. 176, Used by Permission, www.desiringGod.org.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Love-Defined
22.
Love is the total giving of self for the welfare of another without requiring anything in return.

Love is the total giving of self for the welfare of another without requiring anything in return (Tony Hart).    


Author: Other Authors
Topics: Love-Defined
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Love is not an emotion to which we may give expression now and then, as we feel inclined; it is a duty required of us at all times by God, and the children of God ought surely to obey their Heavenly Father.

Love is not an emotion to which we may give expression now and then, as we feel inclined; it is a duty required of us at all times by God, and the children of God ought surely to obey their Heavenly Father (Alexander Ross).

Reference:  The Epistles of James and John, Eerdmans, 1954, p. 208, Used by Permission, www.eerdmans.com.


Author: Other Authors
Topics: Love-Defined
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In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.

In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.

Reference:  The Intimate Marriage, P&R Publishing, 1975, p. 53.


Author: R.C. Sproul
Topics: Love-Defined
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To the Christian, love is the works of love. To say that love is a feeling or anything of the kind is really an un-Christian conception of love. That is the aesthetic definition and therefore fits the erotic and everything of that nature. But to the Christian, love is the works of love. Christ’s love was not an inner feeling, a full heart and what-not: it was the work of love which was His life.

To the Christian, love is the works of love. To say that love is a feeling or anything of the kind is really an un-Christian conception of love. That is the aesthetic definition and therefore fits the erotic and everything of that nature. But to the Christian, love is the works of love. Christ's love was not an inner feeling, a full heart and what-not: it was the work of love which was His life.

Reference:  Journals.


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[Love is] a selfless and enduring commitment of the will to care about and benefit another person by righteous, truthful, and compassionate thoughts, words and actions.

[Love is] a selfless and enduring commitment of the will to care about and benefit another person by righteous, truthful, and compassionate thoughts, words and actions.

Reference:  The Exemplary Husband, Focus, 2000, p. 106. Get this book!


Author: Stuart Scott
Topics: Love-Defined
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The desire of love is to give. The desire of lust is to get.

The desire of love is to give. The desire of lust is to get.


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Love: Seeking the highest possible good for the object of your affection, in purity, protection, and provision.

Love: Seeking the highest possible good for the object of your affection, in purity, protection, and provision.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Love-Defined