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Prayers & Declarations for Increasing in Love

Prayers & Declarations for Increasing in Love

Declarations for Love

  • The love of God has been poured out upon my heart by the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 5:5)
  • I will love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. And I will love my neighbor as myself. (Matt. 22:36-40)
  • God is making my love for others, and their love for me, grow and overflow. (1 Thes. 3:12)
  • I will use my freedom to serve others in love, not to satisfy my sinful nature. (Gal. 5:13)
  • My love for others will prove that I am Jesus’ disciple. (John 13:35)
  • As I love my neighbors, I am fulfilling all the requirements of God’s law. (Rom. 13:8)
  • I will think of ways to motivate others towards acts of love and good works. (Heb. 10:24)
  • Great love will flow out of my life, in service of and sacrifice for others. (John 15:12-13)

Increase of Love, part 2

Increase of Love, part 2

With so many opinions, definitions and understandings in the world today of what love truly is and how it is best expressed, we need an objective source of truth. People call a million and one different things love, but many of them don’t fit within the model God provided for us in the person of Jesus.

Compassion, while often loving, isn’t always. It’s compassionate and loving to pick up someone’s rent payment to help them through a tough time. But continue that same action, month after month, and it can cease being loving and become enabling (while still being compassionate). The same with tolerance and acceptance, commitment and loyalty, and dozens of other admirable traits. They have their place as manners in which love can be expressed, but aren’t always loving and can’t be considered synonymous with Biblical love.

Increase of Love, part 1

Increase of Love, part 1

We’re concluding 40 Days of Increase with a focus on what Paul referred to as “a more excellent way”. Amidst his teaching on spiritual gifts with the zealous Corinthians, Paul took a “time out” of sorts to clarify what mattered even more than prophecy, tongues, healing, miracles and the like: Love.

Those other things are important for certain, as evidenced by Paul picking right back up with the topic of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14 after his chapter 13 detour. But Paul makes it clear that they all pale in comparison to love. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).