Love and Trust Go Together

“We must always aim at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another” (Romans 14:19 GNT). Love is built on trust. When you really love people, you believe in them. You trust them. You build their confidence. You relieve their fears. And then your trust causes them to blossom.If you can’t learn to... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean For Us to Love?

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8 NIV). One of my heroes was Dr. E.V. Hill, pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. He was a tremendous man of God and an intellectual... Continue Reading →

Love Is a Choice

"If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing" (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV). Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice. Even when you don’t feel like it, you can choose to do it anyway.I once talked with a young mother who felt overwhelmed and was battling... Continue Reading →

Love Looks, and Love Listens

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV). What God does for you, he wants you to do for other people.God accepts you unconditionally. That doesn’t mean he approves of everything you do, but he accepts you, no matter what you’ve done. And God says... Continue Reading →

Don’t Give Up on Lasting Love

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT). Lasting love is persistent. It is determined. It is diligent. It is resolute. It endures the worst and is stubborn in its insistence to not give up on a relationship. In fact, the purpose of a relationship... Continue Reading →

Tell It Like It Could Be

“Love . . . always looks for the best” (1 Corinthians 13:7 The Message). When you have high expectations of someone, you don’t tell it like it is. You tell it like it could be. You believe in what God wants to do in and through that person, and you affirm God’s purpose for them.An excellent example... Continue Reading →

Lasting Love Extends Grace

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2 NLT). No relationship will survive without grace. You’ve got to cut people some slack! You’ve got to let things go.The Bible says, “Love patiently accepts all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NCV). In the original Greek, this... Continue Reading →

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