Blog Posts on Loving Others

Would You Tackle the Gunman?

Jonathan Parnell

On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.

An unknown gunman had opened fire in the building, and in a moment of complete chaos, as the gunman reloaded a shotgun that had already killed one person and wounded two others, Jon Meis stepped up…

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Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)

David Mathis

You are a writer.

Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at.

But if you’re literate, chances are you’re not just reading words, but writing them as well. Now, you likely aren’t a very good writer if you don’t think of yourself as one…

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Six Lessons in Good Listening

David Mathis

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…

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Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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A Biblical Theology of Love

Tony Reinke

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…

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Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

David Mathis

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…

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The Joy of Praising Others

David Mathis

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…

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Two Reasons Why Love Protects Us from Deception

John Piper

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…

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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…

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Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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