Blog Posts on Loving Others

Six Lessons in Good Listening

David Mathis
Six Lessons in Good Listening

Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.

In a sense, listening is easy — or hearing is easy. It doesn’t demand the initiative and energy required in speaking. That’s why “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The point is that hearing is easy, and faith is not an expression of our activity, but our receiving the activity of another. It is “hearing with faith” (Galatians 3:2, 5) that accents the... Continue Reading

Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy

Jonathan Parnell
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy

Good works never just happen. How we treat others is always determined by what we think about God, by who he is and what he’s done.

Whether implicit or explicit, this is fundamentally the case. It’s not by accident that the greatest commandment is to love God, and then the second, which “is like it,” is to love others (Matthew 22:36–40). Our vertical relationship inevitability impacts the horizontal. And in fact, it’s just this point that ruins the Book of Nehemiah.

Now,... Continue Reading

A Biblical Theology of Love

Tony Reinke
A Biblical Theology of Love

Love is at the heart of the Bible.

God loved us so much he sent his only be-loved Son to love us by blood, so that we would likewise love and treasure this be-loved Son (John 3:16, Revelation 1:5).

But that doesn’t tell the full story. On the cross, Christ initiated a love to break our love-less sin, to gift us with new hearts, and to make us love-givers (1 John 4:19). The Holy Spirit pours God’s love into us (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22).

Such love has a full-bodied Trinitarian... Continue Reading

Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

David Mathis
Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

Ink is the great cure for all human ills.

So wrote a young C.S. Lewis to a childhood friend. Lewis was only seventeen years old when he penned such a claim, but he has proved wise beyond his years. Here’s the full statement from his letter of May 30, 1916:

Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills.

Whether we think of ourselves as writers or not — and we are all writers to some extent, even if it’s just email and social media... Continue Reading

The Joy of Praising Others

David Mathis
The Joy of Praising Others

The key to commending others is knowing Jesus.

Not only is he the source of all that is right and good and beautiful, but as the God-man, he is the perfect human embodiment of our standard for praise. When we spot in others some commendable attitude or action — something that even faintly echoes one of Jesus’s many excellencies — the Christian thing to do is point it out and praise it.

Essential Ingredient in Healthy Relationships

When it comes to affirming others, Sam Crabtree... Continue Reading

Two Reasons Why Love Protects Us from Deception

John Piper
Two Reasons Why Love Protects Us from Deception

In my sermon last Sunday I argued from 2 John 1:5–7 that love among Christians is a great protection against deception. John wrote, “Love one another. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world.” So I take it that love helps protect us from these deceivers.

I said that I saw four reasons in 2 John that love functions this way. But I only had time to describe two of them in the sermon. So here are the other two.

1. Love takes seriously all the... Continue Reading

Dispel the Loveless Nightmare

Jon Bloom

Darwinian theorists say that our obsessive selfishness is programmed into our genes. No disagreement there. We know that. The Bible describes the effects of the fall as pervading everything. This would include the genetic level.

But they hypothesize that the reasons for this selfishness is survival and procreation. Our genes want to save themselves.

Well, frankly, this doesn’t do our selfishness justice. There is a deeper depravity at work. We don’t want to merely survive; we... Continue Reading

Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

Jonathan Parnell
Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to know whom Jesus wants us to invite to our Thanksgiving dinner.

John Piper said these words in 1980 when the fourth Thursday of November was right around the corner. As a new pastor wanting to lead his people to obey all of Jesus's commands, he opened to Luke 14:12–14.

[Jesus] said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives... Continue Reading

New Podcast: Authors on the Line

Tony Reinke
New Podcast: Authors on the Line

I enjoy reading excellent books. And I love talking with the authors who write them. And now I want to share with you my conversations with them.

So I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast from Desiring God. We’re calling it Authors on the Line. These 20- to 40-minute podcasts will explore significant theological themes and relevant current events with the authors of important Christian books.

Episodes of the new podcast will be announced on the DG blog. You can... Continue Reading

What Is Love?

Jonathan Parnell
What Is Love?

Growing up my dad told me that "love" is the most over-underused word in existence. Some toss it out like pennies in a wishing well. Others never mention it when it needs to be heard. His exhortation to me was simple: talk as if words mean something.

Good counsel as it is, this adage points to the bigger question of, well, what love means. For starters, Hollywood depictions of the warm and fuzzy and happily-ever-after won't do. And clinched-fist, love-is-a-choice determination won't either. I'm... Continue Reading