The strength of love is shown in great things; the tenderness of love in little things.
"God is Light." "God is Love." That which professes to be light yet lacks love, is not of God; while that which calls itself love, but is not according to light is equally not of God.
If the first mark of a true and living church is love, the second is suffering. The one is naturally consequent on the other. A willingness to suffer proves the genuineness of love.What Christ Thinks of the Church: An Exposition of Revelation 1 - 3 (Grand Rapids, Baker: 2003) 35
Genuine love is so contrary to human nature that its presence bears witness to an extraordinary power.
A little love has made me willingly study, preach, write, and even suffer...
Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Wherever the fear of God rules in the heart, it will appear both in works of charity and piety, and neither will excuse us from the other.
...man is distinguished from both animals and machines on the basis of his moral motions, his need for love, his fear of non-being and his longings for beauty and for meaning.Death in the City (Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press: 1969) 95
To love as Christ loves is to let our love be a practical thing and not a sentimental thing.
What we love usually manages to get into our conversation. What is down in the well of the heart will come up in the bucket of the speech.
Love is the livery of Christ.
Love, and do what you like.
He loves Thee too little who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.
It is terrible to find how little progress one's philosophy and charity have made when they are brought to the test of domestic life.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
Love is not a possession but a growth. The heart is a lamp with just oil enough to burn for an hour, and if there be no oil to put in again its light will go out. God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.
The love of wealth makes bitter men; the love of God, better men.
The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
Just as love makes law enjoyable, law makes love practical.
Faith , like light, should always be simple and unbending; while love, like warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.
Love is not blind. Lust is blind. If love is blind, God is blind.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.
Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out of the windows which hope has opened.
Because we love something else more than this world we love even this world better than those who know no other.
The best testimony that Stephen bore was his last: not when preaching and working miracles, but when he pleaded for his persecutors; for then he most resembled the Lord Jesus in patience, forgiveness and love.
Love must be learned and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.
In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the one thing hated.
Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations.
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
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