“We love because He first loved us.”
-1 John 4:19

“If we are to truly love as God intended we must first receive love from beyond ourselves.
In seeking to love it is not uncommon to skip this step. We start with the command to love. We tell people to love each other. But instructing people to love each other without telling them how much they are loved is like telling people to prepare a meal without groceries…
When our love does not flow from the well of love God has given, it will be obvious in our relationships. Our ability to be kind, generous, or otherwise loving to others will be lacking… Human relationships are a mirror in which we view our interior world.
Ultimately, our capacity for love is a reflection of our openness to the love of God.”
-Phillip Carlson, commentary on 1 John 4:19 from the book You Were Made for Love
“We all have ways of blocking love at times, not letting it into our hearts. It is not an act of humility to reject love. We must learn to receive love from God and others.”
-Phillip Carlson, from the book You Were Made for Love

“Invite God to love you. And as you experience His love, embrace it.”
-Phillip Carlson, from the book You Were Made for Love


About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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