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What is love? It’s more than an early 1990s hit song. Love is the foundation of who God is and the catalyst for setting the world right. We hope some of the resources below will inspire you to grow, show and share Christ’s unconditional love with others!

Love Defined

The Bible has a wonderful definition of real and lasting love found in 1 Corinthians 13.  You may read the whole chapter below but for now check out verses 4-7. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ever wonder if you are sharing real, lasting, Christ-like love with others?  Then take the “love test” by rereading the above scripture and everywhere you see a word underlined replace it with your name.  How did you do?  Are there ways you love others that come easily?  Are there areas that may need some work? bulletins.

 

Loving God, Loving Others

In our busy and often confusing world it is difficult to love God and love others. It is easy to become distracted and forget that we are called to live life for God’s glory.
 
If you are wanting to know Christ, grow in Christ, share Christ and live with passion and purpose then we invite you to take the next step in loving God and loving others. Check out our Next Step Guidebooks and discover your next best step to fully living life!

 

5 Love Languages

Have you ever tried to speak to someone who does not know your language? It can be hard to understand one another and much of the information is likely to get lost in translation. Dr. Gary Chapman has identified 5 love languages that people generally tend to “speak” and “receive” love. Identifying your love language and the language of your family will help ensure expression of love are not lost in translation. Click here to learn more.

Show Them Love

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other” (John 13:34-35).

When we love others unconditionally we are a reflection of Christ’s love in the world. Check out some fun and creative ways to love others. Click Here.

 

Creative Ways to say “I Love You”

It feels great to be loved. Abe and Amy Smith have spent more than 20 years trying to love each other best, and they’ve complied a list of over 100 creative ways they have tried to say “I Love You.” Many of the ideas can be modified to express your love towards kids, parents, siblings and others you care about. Click Here for the list.
 
 

Deep Love

The Deep Love Assessment is a unique and powerful online assessment that takes just 15 minutes to complete. It generates a personalized 10-page report for couples (whether dating, engaged, or married for decades).
 
Last year, Living Life UMC hosted a marriage conference and found the Deep Love Assessment to be a wonderful tool for couples. Deep Love is a unique and powerful online assessment that takes just 15 minutes to complete. It generates a personalized 10-page report for couples (whether dating, engaged, or married) that will help you love each other more deeply. Check it out here.