Blog Posts on Loving Others

New Podcast: Authors on the Line

Tony Reinke

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.

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What Is Love?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You

John Piper

Last Sunday’s message struck a chord with many when I spoke of Christian friends letting you down. I argued that sometimes they forsake you never to return — like Demas. He loved “the present world,” and so abandoned the great apostle who craved the Lord’s appearing more than he craved the world (2 Timothy 4:8).

And, even more relevant, we saw that many friends let you down but can and…

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Who Is Your Neighbor? Well, Who Are You?

Jonathan Parnell

"Who is my neighbor?"

An earnest lawyer asks Jesus this question in Luke 10:29. We soon learn it's one of those conversations that's padded out in advance. He asks a question to set up something he wants to say. He was earnest to "justify himself," as Luke makes clear. And obviously, he was feeling pretty good about how it was going through verse 28. But then comes the curve ball.

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Is It God-Centered to Praise People?

Sam Crabtree

Isn’t the commendation of people idolatrous? If we should make our boast in God alone, how dare we praise mere people? Have we gone off the deep end, away from God-centeredness and into the popular cultural psycho-jargon of self-esteem?

No.

If we aim to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things – including the commendation of people – then we are most definitely not speaking of…

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C. S. Lewis on the Danger of Love

Jonathan Parnell

If you were having a cup of tea with C. S. Lewis on Valentine's Day, and you asked him sincerely, "Mr. Lewis, am I better not to love because it's so risky?" — he might say something like this:

Of all arguments against love none makes so strong an appeal to my nature as “Careful! This might lead you to suffering.”

To my nature, my temperament, yes. Not to my…

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One Way to Serve Families with Disabled Children

John Knight

Disability looms over families. By definition a life-long disability is unrelenting; there isn’t a day I wake up that my oldest son isn’t significantly disabled and needing care. Frequently that care includes an army of people who are serving our disabled children through the educational and medical systems, adding complications to family life.

What About the Non-Disabled Siblings?

The other children in the family can feel it as well —…

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Jesus "Saw a Man" — Do We?

John Knight

The man born blind had gifts.

This is an underlying lesson in John 9 that we tend to forget in the midst of Jesus amazingly giving him physical and spiritual sight.

The disciples saw him and asked about what caused his condition. It seems that all they could see what his blindness. Since he was a beggar, we can assume his own community thought the same.

But once he was…

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How Do We Know the Words to Speak?

John Knight

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle (Proverbs 18:19).

The language around disability is constantly changing. Even using the word ‘disability’ can be controversial.

Recently, I was talking to one of the volunteer disability coordinators at our church about the wording we should use on an announcement for a new initiative. We could use one of two words.…

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It’s Now or Never: Love Your Enemies

John Piper

I have heard preachers say, the only thing we do on this earth that we won’t do in the age to come, is witness to unbelievers. So be about it. This is your only chance. It’s now or never.

Well, it is now or never. And we should be about it. The point is well made.

But there is another now-or-never.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). He clearly…

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