Love (Separate page)

      Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with phrases about  . . .

                       L  O  V  E                           (  38  RELATED  PHRASES )                                  

                The  word  Love  appears  34,853  times in the writings of Ellen G. White               See page on original site                                                                                                                                     +     Love   ( 34,853 )

                    ++     God is love   ( 180 )    

                      +     Brotherly love   ( 167 )

                      +     Disinterested Love   (  )

                      +     Genuine Love    ( 81 )

                    ++    God's Love  ( 573 )   >   God's great love  (  )   >  His great love  (  )

                      +     infinite love  ( 460 )   >   infinite love of God  (  )    >  heart of infinite love  (  )

                          Love cannot be .  .  .    ( 15 )    >    Love cannot be commanded

                      +    Love as Christ loved  ( 26 )    >   To love as Christ loved means  ( 6 )

                      +     Love should be .  .  .       >    Love should be revealed in action  ( 10 )
                                                                      >     Love should be cherished   (   )

                      +     Love your enemy  (  )     >     Love your enemies  ( 33 )

                      +    quench the love  ( 3 )   >   quench the love of God  ( 2 )

                      +     Self-sacrificing love    ( 70 )    >   the spirit of self-sacrificing love   (  )

                      +     True love  ( 211 )   >   true love is . . .  ( 38 )  >  true love for God  (  )    not on original site

                      +     Unselfish love  ( 226 )     ►    unselfish love for one another  (  )
                                                                       ►    unselfish love for his brother

               .  .  .  of   love

                          Act of Love  (  )   >   acts of love  (  )

                      +     Law of Love    ( 62 )      >   the great law of love  ( 9 )    >    authority of the law of love  ( 3 )

                                  ►  God's Law of Love  ( 4 )

                      +     Principle of love  (  )     >    Fundamental principle of love  (  )

                          Spirit of Love

                      +     Worthy of Love   ( 3 )

                      +     Faith that works by love   (  )

                  Love  for  .  .  .  

                       +    Love for Christ  (  )

                       +    Love for God   (  )      >     to know God is to love Him   ( 3 )

                       +    Love for one another   ( 175 )    ►   unselfish love for one another
                                                                                 >   Love for one another is sacred

                       +    Love for souls  ( 259 )     >   Love for others   (  )

                                  +    Love for perishing souls  ( 44 )   >   Christ's love for perishing souls

There are many souls yearning unutterably for light, for assurance and strength beyond what they have been able to grasp. They need to be sought out and labored for patiently, perseveringly. Beseech the Lord in fervent prayer for help. Present Jesus because you know Him as your personal Saviour. Let His melting love, His rich grace, flow forth from human lips. You need not present doctrinal points unless questioned. But take the Word, and with tender, yearning love for souls, show them the precious righteousness of Christ, to whom you and they must come to be saved. -- Manuscript 27, 1895.  {Ev 442.2}


                          Love  of  .  .  .

                             Love of Christ   (  )    >    illustration of the love of Christ ( 5 )

                        +      Love of God  ( 3,099 )   >   infinite love of God  (  )

                        +     Love of justice    ( 8 )       >    destroying love of justice  (  )

                        +     Love of pleasure  (  )    >    Love of worldly pleasures  (  )

                        +     Love of the Truth   (  )    >   Love the truth  (  )     >     Love not the truth  

                     +++    Love of the world  ( 403 )        [  see  Love not the world ]


                      Love   is   .  .  .  


  True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in its nature. It looks beyond mere externals and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding. God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart. It is the little attentions, the numerous small incidents and simple courtesies of life, that make up the sum of life's happiness; and it is the neglect of kindly, encouraging, affectionate words, and the little courtesies of life, which helps compose the sum of life's wretchedness. It will be found at last that the denial of self for the good and happiness of those around us constitutes a large share of the life record in heaven. And the fact will also be revealed that the care of self, irrespective of the good and happiness of others, is not beneath the notice of our heavenly Father.  {2T 133.2}
Love must be the principle of action. Love is the underlying principle of God's government in heaven and earth, and it must be the foundation of the Christian's character. This alone can make and keep him steadfast. This alone can enable him to withstand trial and temptation.  {COL 49.1}
The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!  {DA 49.2}


Many are deceiving themselves; for the principle of love does not dwell in their hearts. They may close their eyes to their own errors and defects; but they cannot deceive God. There must be a reformation. The plowshare of truth must plow deep furrows in our proud hearts, and tear up the sod of our unsanctified natures, that the Spirit and love of Jesus may be planted in our hearts. Time is fast hastening on, and every work will soon be brought into judgment, and either our sins or our names will be blotted out of the Book of Life. . . .  {SD 49.3}


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  The word of God is to have a sanctifying effect on our association with every member of the human family. The leaven of truth will not produce the spirit of rivalry, the love of ambition, the desire to be first. True, heaven-born love is not selfish and changeable. It is not dependent on human praise.  The heart of him who receives the grace of God overflows with love for God and for those for whom Christ died. Self is not struggling for recognition. He does not love others because they love and please him, because they appreciate his merits, but because they are Christ’s purchased possession. If his motives, words, or actions are misunderstood or misrepresented, he takes no offense, but pursues the even tenor of his way. He is kind and thoughtful, humble in his opinion of himself, yet full of hope, always trusting in the mercy and love of God.  { COL 101.3} 

   In the judgment the use made of every talent will be scrutinized. How have we employed the capital lent us of Heaven? Will the Lord at His coming receive His own with usury? Have we improved the powers entrusted us, in hand and heart and brain, to the glory of God and the blessing of the world? How have we used our time, our pen, our voice, our money, our influence? What have we done for Christ, in the person of the poor, the afflicted, the orphan, or the widow? God has made us the depositaries of His holy word; what have we done with the light and truth given us to make men wise unto salvation? No value is attached to a mere profession of faith in Christ; only the love which is shown by works is counted genuine. Yet it is love alone which in the sight of Heaven makes any act of value. Whatever is done from love, however small it may appear in the estimation of men, is accepted and rewarded of God.  Great Controversy, page 487.2  (1911)


. . . The love that gives kindness to only a few is not love, but selfishness. It will not in any way work for the good of souls or the glory of God. Those who thus leave their Master's talents unimproved are even more guilty than are the ones for whom they feel such contempt. To them it will be said, Ye knew your Master's will, but did it not.  Christ's Object Lessons, page 352.4 


Kindly affections, generous impulses, and a quick apprehension of spiritual things are precious talents, and lay their possessor under a weighty responsibility. All are to be used in God’s service. But here many err. Satisfied with the possession of these qualities, they fail to bring them into active service for others. They flatter themselves that if they had opportunity, if circumstances were favorable, they would do a great and good work. But they are awaiting the opportunity. They despise the narrowness of the poor niggard who grudges even a pittance to the needy. They see that he is living for self, and that he is responsible for his misused talents. With much complacency they draw the contrast between themselves and such narrow-minded ones, feeling that their own condition is much more favorable than that of their mean-souled neighbors. But they are deceiving themselves. The mere possession of unused qualities only increases their responsibility. Those who possess large affections are under obligation to God to bestow them, not merely on their friends, but on all who need their help. Social advantages are talents, and are to be used for the benefit of all within reach of our influence. The love that gives kindness to only a few is not love, but selfishness. It will not in any way work for the good of souls or the glory of God. Those who thus leave their Master’s talents unimproved are even more guilty than are the ones for whom they feel such contempt. To them it will be said, Ye knew your Master’s will, but did it not. { COL 352.4} 


While we cannot now comprehend the works and ways of God, we can discern His great love, which underlies all His dealings with men. He who lives near to Jesus will understand much of the mystery of godliness. He will recognize the mercy that administers reproof, that tests the character, and brings to light the purpose of the heart.  {DA 394.1}
The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God, Satan's deceptive power was to be broken. This could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God's government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of SatanThis work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known. Upon the world's dark night the Sun of Righteousness must rise, "with healing in His wings." Malachi 4:2.  Desire of Ages, page 22.1  and  {RC 23.3}


Priests and rulers became fixed in a rut of ceremonialism. They were satisfied with a legal religion, and it was impossible for them to give to others the living truths of heaven. They thought their own righteousness all-sufficient, and did not desire that a new element should be brought into their religion. The good will of God to men they did not accept as something apart from themselves, but connected it with their own merit because of their good works. The faith that works by love and purifies the soul could find no place for union with the religion of the Pharisees, made up of ceremonies and the injunctions of men.  {AA 15.1}
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." The purest joy springs from the deepest humiliation. The strongest and noblest characters are built on the foundation of patience, love, and submission to God's will.  {AA 319.1}
The members of the church were united in sentiment and action. Love for Christ was the golden chain that bound them together. They followed on to know the Lord more and still more perfectly, and in their lives were revealed the joy and peace of Christ. They visited the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and kept themselves unspotted from the world, realizing that a failure to do this would be a contradiction of their profession and a denial of their Redeemer. { AA 579.1} 


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