Love God And Love Others. Those Are The Two Greatest Commands!

Love God and love others is the greatest command! NeedEncouragement.com

 

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Remember that God has given us free will and brains to think with and use as we see fit. Also, remember that the devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy each of us. So, walk close to God each day and remember this. In essentials unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love! ~ Bill Greguska

Luke 10:27  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

 

 

 

 


 

There Are Four Types Of Love…

1. Storge—Empathy Bond.

2. Philia—Friend Bridge.

3. Eros—Erotic Relationship.

4. Agape—Unconditional “God” Love. 

 

 

 


 

The Greatest Witness of God’s Compassion For Us!

 


Love Makes Life Worth Living!

The love of family and friends!

It’s not just a feeling, and it is also a choice!

All types of love are not the same. For example, I could say that I love pizza, but I could also say that I love my mom. That is why there are four types of love. Love is not necessarily a feeling, as many think; it is a decision made with the intellect followed by emotions. It is like a train engine being like the intellect or mind, and the caboose is the feelings that follow. God has given us life and freedom to choose right from wrong, good from evil, and equipped us with everything we need for life and godliness. 

God is so extraordinary that He gave his life for us by dying on the cross for our sins. There is nothing more significant than that! There is no greater love than what God gives us! Parents typically take great care of their children, but that is no comparison to our heavenly Father towards us. Yes, God does not give you everything you want, but He does provide you with everything you need! Learn more. ~ Bill Greguska

 

 


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Pastor Charles Stanley Says: Since love is essential to our lives, we must understand what it truly is. 

  1. It is more than an emotion. It’s a genuine commitment to another person.
  2. It is not free. It demands something of us. We can’t live for ourselves in isolation and, at the same time, love someone else.
  3. It looks beyond the flesh. Its focus is on the heart and spirit of a person, not the external appearance. The connection is both emotional and cerebral, not merely a physical attraction.
  4. Lust has nothing to do with genuine love. Our world has substituted passion for love, which has become very obvious in the sexual revolution, continuing to this day. Lust is focused on self—what I want or need from the other person. But love is concerned for the loved one—what I can do for them.
  5. It cannot be bought. It’s a gift that is given freely and received without cost.
  6. It desires to give with no strings attached. It doesn’t demand that the other person be specific or do what is expected before love is shared. Genuine love is freely bestowed without qualifications or requirements.
  7. It is generous and unselfish. True love is other-centered, not self-centered. It’s always looking for ways to give, not ways to get.
  8. It is more fulfilled in giving than in receiving. Those who genuinely love others find great satisfaction in generously giving to them. They are especially gratified when they can supply someone else’s needs or desires.
  9. It is forgiving. Carrying the weight of anger, resentment, bitterness, or jealousy chokes a person’s spirit and hinders the ability to connect with others truly.
  10. It desires to express itself. It is demonstrative and must be expressed. When God’s love is in us, it flows out in sacrificial giving.
  11. It is a happy emotion. The most satisfied people do not have everything money can buy, but those who know how to love.
  12. It enjoys seeing others happy. That’s because the focus is not on getting for self but sacrificing for others. In witnessing the pleasure others experience, there is great enjoyment.
  13. It is fulfilling and enables us to feel complete. Knowing how to give and receive love gives us a sense of completeness, competence, and worthiness.
  14. It hurts when others hurt. Genuine love is characterized by compassion and mercy expressed either through direct interaction or, more distantly, through prayer.
  15. It does not keep accounts. There is no record of who did what for whom. Love is not a matter of paying and receiving but of giving without expectation of return.
  16. It may be excruciating. This is especially true if it isn’t mutual. It may require repeated forgiveness.
  17. It doesn’t require anything in return. No conditions or requirements are placed on the other person before love is freely given.
  18. It is patient. It waits until the proper time, whereas lust wants immediate gratification. If ultimatums are given, it’s not genuine.
  19. Christ’s death on the cross is the perfect example of love. Jesus came into the world. He loved to give His life as a ransom for sin, yet few people loved Him in return. We follow Christ’s example when we continue to love unresponsive, ungrateful people. This is possible because after we accept Him as our Savior and Lord, He pours His love into our hearts, enabling us to love others no matter how ugly they behave toward us.
  20. Knowing that we are loved by God and being able to love Him in return is a great blessing. It sustains us when we feel forsaken and unloved by others. And if loved ones die or leave us, we have a friend who will never desert us.

 

 


 

 

Love Isn’t Found In Advice From Magazines, Books, or People.

God is the source through Jesus Christ, His Son, and the place to look is the Bible. It begins with accepting the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as the greatest act of love ever shown. He died to pay our sin debt in full. And when we believe in Him and repent of our sins, all the mess we’ve made of our lives is washed away. Our sins are forgiven, and God will remember them no more.
His love is poured out in our hearts, enabling us to love Him in return and receive and give love to others. If we don’t have Christ and His in us, our lives are empty, and we are poor, needy, and wretched. The only One who can satisfy our longings is the One who died for us on the cross. His compassion for us is beyond all explanation and human comprehension.

 

 


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