Love is NOT an Attribute

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“Love is not an attribute, it is a commandment.”

Robert Orton, an apostle

“Another word for love is charity.  Thus, when Paul tells us what charity is in the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, he is really explaining what love is. A loving person suffers long and is kind. His love is of long duration; he envies not. He is not puffed up.  Arrogance, boastfulness, and conceit are not his ways; he is humble.  A loving person does not behave himself unseemly; he thinks no evil; he bears all things; he endures all things; and he is not easily provoked to anger.  A loving person does not hold a grudge against others; he realizes that to do so is to bring more harm to himself than to them.”

Clark Swain, Professor of Family Life at Montana State University

“Love your enemies, … and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you.”

Jesus, as quoted by Matthew

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew, an apostle

“Love is like the Polar Star. In a changing world, it is a constant.  It is the very essence of the gospel.”

“Without love … there is little else to commend the gospel to us as a way of life.”

Gordon B. Hinckley, a prophet

“Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.”

“Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships.  It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations.  Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect.  It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate.  Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope.  Love should be our walk and our talk.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, an apostle

“Our eternal progression leans heavily on the degree to which we love.  Webster defines love as the “unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another; an affection based on admiration, benevolence or common interests.”  And Moroni treats as synonymous the terms “pure love of Christ” and “charity”.  We can best demonstrate our love to God by keeping His commandments.  And we can show our love to God and neighbor by charitable acts of service.”

Excerpt from “The First and Great Commandment”, by Robert Orton, an apostle

“Just as service is a natural consequence of love, so is love a natural consequence of service.”

Robert Orton, an apostle

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Jesus, as quoted by John, an apostle


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