Blog Posts | Loving Others

The Hopelessness and Hope of the Greatest Commandments

| Dec 23, 2013

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And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”—Matthew 22:37-39 There are no commandments in the Bible more […]

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Unquestionably Called to Serve

| Nov 25, 2013

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…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.—Matthew 20:26–28 When we face major life decisions, it is tempting to obsess over what we […]

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Seeing Jesus in “The Love Chapter”

| Sep 23, 2013

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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.—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 I […]

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Happy Receiving and Happier Giving

| Aug 27, 2013

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Help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”—Acts 20:35 When I see someone who is weak—say a homeless person begging on the side of the road—it is tempting for me to ignore and, worse, to judge him. Thoughts of […]

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Serving: To Please Ourselves or Not to Please Ourselves?

| Jan 27, 2012

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John Piper defines love as “the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others” (Desiring God, 119). Love, or serving others, does involve joy — it is pleasing to ourselves. Paul told the Thessalonians, “You are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:20). The Macedonian churches loved out of joy (2 […]

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To Strengthen Your Hope and Increase Your Love

| Sep 12, 2011

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Often one of the things that keeps us from loving others is that we doubt God’s ability and inclination to care for us. In unbelief, we think, “If we are generous toward others, nobody will provide for our own needs.” This verse, by the power of the Spirit, is given to you to strengthen your […]

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