References to: love

Love by Any Other Name

Joseph Tkach

Love by Any Other Name

There are many examples of genuine and generous love by people who are not Christians. Where does such love come from?

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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As president of Grace Communion International, I hear about many inspiring outreach projects that our congregations are engaged in around the world. Some are simple acts of kindness and service to those in need. Others are quite extensive, with several congregations, sometimes across two or three countries, working together on such projects as providing education for disadvantaged children, vocational training for young adults, and employment support for poor but hardworking families.

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Contagious Love

Joseph Tkach

Contagious Love

When plagues struck, Christians nursed the sick. When orphans were left to fend for themselves, Christians cared for them.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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During Jesus’ ministry, he often upset the religious establishment of the day by extending love to people considered “unlovable.” As in all societies, during Jesus’ day, there was the “in” crowd and the outcasts.

The “in crowd,” as characterized by the Pharisees and Sadducees, was a group, smug about their goodness and holiness. They could make a great show of treating each other well, but made no time for the lower elements of society.

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Where Is Love?

s Pastor General of Grace Communion International, I hear about many inspiring outreach projects that our congregations are engaged in around the world. Some are simple acts of kindness and service to those in need.

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Joseph Tkach
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The Greatest Thing

Joseph Tkach

The Greatest Thing

Thieves can steal your possessions, disease can destroy your body, but "the greatest thing" is indestructible. We even take it with us when we die.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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See a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13.

Have you ever thought about the fact that the only thing in the world that really matters is love? It’s the only thing that lasts, the only thing that makes us whole, that fills us, that soothes us, that completes us.

Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13. He wrote:

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The Most Excellent Way: 1 Corinthians 13

The church in first-century Corinth was plagued with social divisions and rivalries. Paul explained to them that God gives different people different abilities—not so that some people can exalt themselves over others, but so that everyone will work together for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7). No one is self-sufficient, and no one is unnecessary.

Near the end of chapter 12, he again explains that God appoints different roles in the church. He asks, Is everyone in the church an apostle? Of course not, he implies. It’s silly to expect everyone to have the same role (vv. 28-30).

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Fulfilling the Law - Video

Joseph Tkach

Fulfilling the Law - Video

Love and law have different motivations. A person motivated by love does not need to be told to behave in a loving way, but a person motivated by law does.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Paul wrote in Romans 13:10, "Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." It’s interesting how we naturally seem inclined to reverse that statement.

When it comes to relationships, most of us like to know where we stand. We like to have some clear evidence, some way to measure where we stand with others, and the idea of the law being the way to fulfill love is easier to measure, easier to keep track of, than the idea of love being the way to fulfill the law.

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Go and Do Likewise

Dan Rogers

Go and Do Likewise

The man asked, Who is my neighbor? Jesus did not answer him directly, but told a story.

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Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers earned his PhD in historical theology from Union Institute and University. He is now retired, after serving many years as the Director of Church Administration & Development in Grace Communion International.

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It may seem like a strange question to ask Christians, but here it goes anyway. Do you love God? And you may think, “Well, that indeed is a strange question to ask a Christian.” Most Christians would not hesitate a moment to answer, “Yes with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul and all my being, I love God.”

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Fulfilling the Law

The apostle Paul once wrote of love as a “continuing debt” to one another, saying, “he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” He cited four of the Ten Commandments and then included all others, explaining that they “are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” He said, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” You can read it in Romans 13:8-10.

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J. Michael Feazell
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