What do we talk about when we talk about love? Oh, so many things!
We talk about first loves and true loves, unrequited love and unconditional love. We talk about the people we love, the things we love. Love, love, love.
This time of year especially, it seems that we hear talk about love everywhere. And we’re no different.
Which brings us to the topic at hand: Love.
Well, maybe we are a little different. Because while we might be talking about love, we’re going to be talking about what God has to say about love.
And since each of the three of us have a little something to share about this matter…
Let’s talk about it!
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Hilary » No Fear
My favorite love verse calls to mind the trendy t-shirts I used to see people wearing in high school. The shirts would feature phrases like “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space” and “If you can’t win, don’t play.”
These No Fear shirts may or may not still be in circulation, but the mentality expressed in their slogans certainly is. Alive and well is the pressure to rise above the crowd, to be first at all costs, to go big or go home.
And that kind of pressure can cause a lot of stress–and fear. Of failure. Of disappointment. Of inadequacy and embarrassment and so many other things.
Happily, we have an alternative to this mentality and an antidote for fear: Love.
» There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. • 1 John 4:18
We can take heart and have the courage to fight the “if-you’re-not-first-you’re-last” mindset with the knowledge that God’s love for us never fails or falters, no matter if we are first, last, or somewhere in between.
Marcy » God’s Display Case
Things of value or worth are often put in a display case. The function of a display case is not to be noticed in itself but to draw attention to the object on display.
My favorite love verse reminds me that my love for people is how others see God. As believers, our love is God’s display case. When we are loving others well, we are showing off our God–allowing God to be seen by someone who may not see Him another way.
» No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. • 1 John 4:12
Now you may be thinking, that’s a lot of pressure! But we can rest easy because it’s not something we do on our own. The verse continues to explain that because God is abiding in us, His love is perfected in us.
My prayer is this–that God would help me to display His perfect love for people so that others will see His value and worthiness.
Leigh Ann » No Worries
My favorite thing about God’s love is that I don’t have to jump through hoops to attain it. He loves me. Period.
He designed me with loving precision.
» For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. • Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
Nothing can separate me from His love.
» I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. • Romans 8:38-39 (MSG)
The scope of His love is beyond my understanding.
» And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. • Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
I am overwhelmed and thankful!
Which love verses are your favorites?
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