What Is the Source of Biblical Love?

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“Love is a decision.” “You have to choose to love.” We’ve heard statements like these inside and outside of the church. Perhaps we understand what many are attempting to communicate. The sentiment is a reaction to the widely accepted notion that love is a feeling. But feelings are fickle and change constantly. So, if love is defined by the way you feel, love is always unstable.

Maybe we need to rethink the way we view love. Indeed, love does affect our feelings and it engages our decisions, but the source of love is more powerful than decisions or feelings. Instead of seeing love as something that is simply rooted in a decision or feeling, we should view love as a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

In this four-minute clip, Piper explains that love “is not just a decision you make moment by moment. It’s an overflow, a work of God within us.”

(@PhillipMHolmes) served as a content strategist at desiringGod.org. He is the Director of Communications at Reformed Theological Seminary and a finance coach and blogger through his site Money Untangled​. He and his wife, Jasmine, have a son, and they are members of Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi.