Love is Love, What?

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At a Glance
June is “Pride Month” in the United States, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ movement. The rainbow flag, and hashtags #LoveWins and #LoveIsLove are ubiquitous on social media, as well as on signs and bumper stickers. Today, we examine the word “love.” What do LGBTQ+ activists mean by this word? How is their understanding different from the true definition revealed in the Bible? Join us as we seek to better understand this all-important word that is at the center of God’s character and the biblical story of redemption.
What You'll Hear
  1. Introduction to love (1:05)
  2. So, what is love? (13:27)
  3. Love seeks the good in others (27:24)
  4. How do we reconcile love as a feeling and an action? (39:19)
  5. Love is the most powerful thing that exists (47:13)
  6. Love requires wisdom (51:10)
  7. Covenantal love (54:57)
  8. Conclusion (1:05:24)

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector and human rights activist whose family fled from North Korea to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009 before moving to the United States in 2014. In recent years, Park has come to wider global attention following her speech at the 2014 One Young World Summit. Her speech about her experience escaping from North Korea received 50 million views in two days on YouTube. Since then, she’s authored multiple books and appeared in top newspapers, podcasts, and news networks, sharing her experience of living in a modern-day communist state and her perspectives on freedom and humanity since escaping.

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"Love desires what's best for people."

Tim (46:41)

Go Deeper

While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector’s Search for Freedom in America

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The North Korean defector, human rights advocate, and bestselling author of In Order to Live sounds the alarm on the culture wars, identity politics, and authoritarian tendencies tearing America apart.

After defecting from North Korea, Yeonmi Park found liberty and freedom in America. But she also found a chilling crackdown on self-expression and thought that reminded her of the brutal regime she risked her life to escape. When she spoke out about the mass political indoctrination she saw around her in the United States, Park faced censorship and even death threats.

In While Time Remains, Park sounds the alarm for Americans by highlighting the dangerous hypocrisies, mob tactics, and authoritarian tendencies that speak in the name of wokeness and social justice. No one is spared in her eye-opening account, including the elites who claim to care for the poor and working classes but turn their backs on anyone who dares to think independently.

Park arrived in America eight years ago with no preconceptions, no political aims, and no partisan agenda. With urgency and unique insight, the bestselling author and human rights activist reminds us of the fragility of freedom, and what we must do to preserve it.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.” – Yeonmi Park

“One of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard – and one of the most inspiring.” – The Bookseller

“Park’s remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension. Park’s important memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit and one young woman’s incredible determination to never be hungry again.” —Publishers Weekly

In In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea, describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day, but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories. She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea—and to freedom.

Park confronts her past with a startling resilience. In spite of everything, she has never stopped being proud of where she is from, and never stopped striving for a better life. Indeed, today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country. Park’s testimony is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.

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The Discipline of Love

By Bob Moffitt
  • Loving and sacrificial servanthood is the most important characteristic of God’s image.
  • God is a servant, and Jesus modeled that servanthood.
  • God does not command service for its own sake, but because it demonstrates and is motivated by His greatest attribute—love.
  • The Discipline of Love is a spiritual discipline tool, designed to help followers of Christ practice demonstrating God’s love by serving others.

“The Discipline of Love” is an excerpt from the free course, Kingdomizer 102: Love in Action. Enroll today!

Quotes
  • 47:14 “This gets to the concept of love is a choice, as opposed to love as a feeling. And it’s only because of the power of Christ in us that we can make those kinds of hard choices to love that way.” John …one more:) looks great!
  • 46:41 “Love desires what’s best for people. So love is, as we talk about loving our enemies–we don’t love them for the sake of what they’re doing–for what they’re in the midst of, but we love them because God loves them, because we know from the scriptures that they are trapped–they’ve been deceived by the enemy, and that they’re not happy and that they’re not flourishing. And we want what God wants for them. So we seek that and pursue that.” Tim
  • 1:03:30 “When you live in the way that God created us to live–to live in His order, in His instructions, it brings about actual pleasure, emotional pleasure. There’s contentment, there’s joy, there’s flourishing.” Luke
  • 1:04:55 “We’ve been talking about these two aspects of love that you see in the scriptures. Love as pleasure, delight, the source of happiness and joy. And [secondarily] this idea of love as self-sacrificing service for the good or the benefit of another. And how they’re different ideas, but they come together in this holistic picture of biblical love.” Scott
  • 1:08:45 “Today, love means affirmation, regardless of whatever choices are being made… but that’s very different than what we are talking about.” Scott
  • 1:10:13 “Seek forgiveness and grant forgiveness; we really imprison ourselves and others when we harbor unforgiving thoughts.” John

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