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What Is the Source of Biblical Love?

What Is the Source of Biblical Love?

“Love is a decision.” “You have to choose to love.” We’ve heard statements like this inside and outside of the church. To an extent, I 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, rooted in the Spirit.

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


More from John Piper on the Bible’s most marked verses:

  • God Will Give You Everything You Need (on Matthew 6:33) | John Piper explains what it means when Jesus says “all these things” will be provided for you.

  • Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasures (on Romans 8:28) | Piper explains how God is working for our good, not just giving us victory over these pains, but making us “more than conquerors” by having life’s greatest pains serve our everlasting joy.

  • Believer, Become What You Are (on Romans 12:1–2) | John Piper explains how the Spirit within and the word of God without work together to make us new.

  • When God Works for You (on Isaiah 40:31) | John Piper explains how God displays his glory not by our working for him, but his working for us.

  • I Know the Plans I Have for You (on Jeremiah 29:11) | How can we lay claim to this hopeful promise made to Israel, God’s covenant people in Jeremiah 29:11? Pastor John explains.

  • God Doesn’t Want You to Worry (on Philippians 4:6–7) | John Piper explains that the opposite of anxiety is peace. Anxiety is forbidden; peace is commended.

  • Joy Is Obedience (on Psalm 37:4) | John Piper explains that the command is the condition of the promise. So delight yourself in me, God says, and I will satisfy your heart.

  • Three Steps to Stop Wasting Your Life (on Proverbs 3:5–6) | John Piper wants you to avoid wasting your life by staying in the path of God’s grace and purpose for you.

  • The Secret in Every Circumstance (on Philippians 4:13) | John Piper explains that only when Christ is our central treasure do we truly have the wherewithal for life’s greatest wins and losses.

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