"We too often love things and use people,
when we should be using things and loving people."
"When love is viewed as a verb, its focus is on giving not receiving."
R. Robert Flatt, The Nuggets, December 2016
"Nobody will know what you mean by
saying that 'God is love' unless you act it as well."
[Lawrence Pearsall Jacks]
"To love someone means to see him as God intended him."
"Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.
It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves.
Love, therefore, is its own reward."
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
[Jesus in John 14:15]
"Love makes obedience lighter than liberty."
[R. W. Alger]
"I never knew how to
worship until I knew how to love."
[Henry Ward Beecher]
"To love is to find pleasure in the happiness of the person loved."
"To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage."
"True love stories never have endings."
"Friendship is Love without his wings!"
"I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved."
"God did not create woman from man's head, that he should command her, nor from his feet,
that she should be his slave, but rather from his side that she should be near to his heart."
"Love does not dominate; it cultivates."
[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"
[John 3:16 NKJV]
"The essential question is not, however, how love began, but whether it is growing."
"Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has
walked across it in his barn boots."
"Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope."
[Henry Wheeler Shaw]
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
"I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me."
[Solomon - Song of Solomon 7:10]
"I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love."
[Henry Ward Beecher]
"Love never asks what benefit it will derive from love.
Love from its very nature is a disinterested thing.
It loves for the creature’s sake it loves, and for nothing else."
[C. H. Spurgeon]
"We look forward to the time when the power to love of will replace the love of power.
Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
"Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."
[Thomas Fuller 1608-1661]
"Those who deserve love the least need it the most."
"Love comfortheth like sunshine after rain."
"You may give without loving, but cannot love without giving."
[Amy Carmichael - 1867-1951]
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
I found the following quote by Goethe that can serve
as a commentary on these words.
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
"The most important thing a father can do for his
children is to love their mother."
[Henry Ward Beecher]
"A mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute,
in face of the world's condemnation, a mother still lives on."
"Love is not blind - it simply enables one to see things others fail to see."
"The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice."
"Love not only forgives but it also seeks forgiveness."
[R. Robert Flatt]
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us." [Romans 5:8 NKJV)]
"Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family.
Having both - is a blessing. "
"One forgives to the degree that one loves."
[François de La Rochefoucauld]
“The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost, to the least deserving.
That’s what God did. At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving,
God gave the best gift – the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.”
"Love is like gravity; hard to see, but easy to feel"
[The Church Mouse]
"God proved His love on the cross. When Jesus hung, and bled, and died,
it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.'”
"Whatever you love most, be it sports, pleasure, business or God, that is your god!”
"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred."
[Solomon in Proverbs 15:17]
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
"Part of obedience to the Golden Rule is knowing how to respond once you've behaved
in an unloving way."
"The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him."
"But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need,
and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?"
[1 John 3:17 NKJV]
"That best little portion of a good man's life - his little nameless unremembered acts of
kindness and love."
"The love of wealth makes bitter men; the love of God, better men." [W. L. Hudson]
"Love keeps on expecting the best! Because love keeps on trusting God even when the right choices
you make don't turn out the way you want them too!"
"Love doesn't give up just because something goes wrong or because your feelings are hurt.
God is in charge, so those who love just keep on loving."
"Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do."
"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get,
it's what you are
expected to give — which is everything."
"Love does not seek things for itself."
"Love is doing what is best for a person regardless of the cost or response."
[R. Robert Flatt]
"Love is costly. To forgive in love costs us our sense of justice. To serve in love costs us time.
To share in love costs us money.
Every act of love costs us in some way,
just as it cost God to love us. But we are to live a life of love just as Christ loves us
and gave Himself for us at great cost to Himself."
"Faults are thick where love is thin."
"Love is the seed of all hope. It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to try, to go on."
"There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out
your affections on one you love. And when the time comes - seize it, don't miss it. "
"The first duty of love is to listen."
"Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them."
[Apostle Paul - Colossians 3:19]
"The person determined to love others will always find a way to do so."
"So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself."
[Apostle Paul - Ephesians 5:28]
"Jesus said to him," 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind.'...And the second is like it:
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
[Matthew 27:37, 39]
"Jesus is a friend who knows all your faults and still loves you anyway."
[God's Little Instruction Book for Women]
"No one will know what you mean by saying that 'God is love' unless you act it as well."
[Lawrence Pearsall Jacks]
"Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the
divine nature which beams full of all goodness."
"Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave."
[Song of Solomon 8:6]
"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."
[Sir Arthur Wing Pinero]
"Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn."
"My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged
when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens."
[Hebrews 12:5b, 6a]
"Love that is true, never grows old."
"Married men, be affectionate to your wives, and do not treat them harshly."
[Apostle Paul - Colossians 3:19 Weymouth's New Testament]
"Love is a four-letter word composed of two consonants, L and V;
two vowels, O and E; and two fools, you and me."
"Love is like a tennis match; you'll never win consistently until you learn to serve well."
[Dan P. Herod]
"Tell me how much you know of the
sufferings of your fellowmen
and I will tell you how much you have loved them."
"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the
tax collectors do the same?"
(Jesus in Matthew 5:46)
"When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest,
I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now."
(C. S. Lewis)
"Not every effort at loving difficult people will
have a positive ending...We don't love people
in hopes of a happy ending. We love them because it's the right thing to do."
"In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person."
"The Ten Commandments are an expression of God's love carved in stone. We see
them as narrow restrictions but God meant them to be for our protection. We view them
as taking the fun out of life but God uses them to point us to the source of life - Jesus Christ."
[R. Robert Flatt]
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails."
(1 Corinthians 13:1 - 8a NKJV)
"Love communicates an immense value to our smallest actions."
"The success of a marriage comes not in finding the 'right' person, but in the ability of both
partners to adjust to the real person they inevitably realize they married."
"Romantic love is emotional.
It has no rhyme or reason and it's conditioned by circumstance.
Real love is volitional.
It is an act of the will to do what is best for a person and is oblivious to circumstance."
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
[1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV]
"Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away."
"Patience with others is Love, patience with self is Hope, patience with God is Faith."