“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.”
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my followers.
John 13:35 NLT
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”
Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!
Luke 6:31 MSG
The first duty of love is to listen.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
We are so preciously loved by God that we cannot even comprehend it. It is only with the help of His grace that we are able to persevere in...endless wonder at the high, surpassing, immeasurable love which our Lord in His goodness has for us.
Julian of Norwich
God loves us; not because we are loveable but because He is love, not because He needs to, but because He delights to.
And this is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
1st John 4:10