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  • LOVE Everybody. Now. Seriously. Please.

    joe sheep

  • LOVE EVERYBODY. NOW. SERIOUSLY. PLEASE.

    Published by WAY UP BOOKS, a division of WAY UP PUBLISHING

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    2015 Mark Toth

    ISBN 978-0-9888836-1-1

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    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Put this book down.

    2. Read the Bible.

    3. Repeat Step 2 a minimum of 837 times.

    4. Read this book slooooooooooooooowly.

    Theres lots of white space on purpose.

    Think deeeeep thoughts and ask God to

    change your .

    5. LOVE everybody. Now. Seriously. Please.

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    CONTENTS

    1. WHAT IS LOVE?

    2. WHO IS LOVE?

    3. LOVE POWER

    4. LOVE RULES

    5. LOVE GOD

    6. LOVE OTHERS

    7. LOVE THOSE YOU HATE

    8. LOVE WORDS

    9. LOVE-ITUDE

    10. LOVE TEST

    11. JESUS SAYS LOVE

    12. LOVE PRAYER

    13. LOVE LIFE

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  • 1. WHAT IS LOVE?

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    What exactly is LOVE?

    Heres what the world says

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    According to philosophers,

    LOVE is

    a grave mental disease

    (Plato)

    a dirty trick played on us to

    achieve continuation of the species

    (W. Somerset Maugham)

    temporary insanity curable by marriage

    (Ambrose Bierce)

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    According to the world of music

    All you need is LOVE

    (The Beatles)

    LOVE will keep us together

    (The Captain & Tennille)

    LOVE will tear us apart

    (Joy Division)

    LOVE is a battlefield

    (Pat Benatar)

    LOVE stinks

    (The J. Geils Band)

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    And, according to Hollywood

    To LOVE is to suffer.

    To avoid suffering one must not LOVE.

    But then one suffers from not loving.

    Therefore, to LOVE is to suffer,

    not to LOVE is to suffer.

    To suffer is to suffer.

    To be happy is to LOVE.

    To be happy then is to suffer.

    But suffering makes one unhappy.

    Therefore, to be unhappy

    one must LOVE.

    (Woody Allen)1

  • DEEEEEEEEEP QUESTION

    How do YOU define LOVE?

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    So, how does God define LOVE?

    Here it is in 60 little words:

    LOVE is patient,

    LOVE is kind.

    It does not envy,

    it does not boast,

    it is not proud.

    It is not rude,

    it is not self-seeking,

    it is not easily angered,

    it keeps no record of wrongs.

    LOVE does not delight in evil

    but rejoices with the truth.

    It always protects,

    always trusts,

    always hopes,

    always perseveres.

    LOVE never fails.

    (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

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    How important is LOVE?

    Even if we can fathom all mysteries

    and knowledge and have a

    faith that can move mountains

    but dont have LOVE, heres

    what weve got

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    Or, put another way,

    without LOVE were this

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    As the Bible says:

    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels

    but do not have LOVE, I am only a

    resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

    If I have the gift of prophecy and can

    fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,

    and if I have a faith that can move

    mountains, but have not LOVE,

    I am nothing.

    (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)

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    Indeed, LOVE is the key

    to the universe:

    The only thing that counts

    is faith expressing itself through LOVE.

    (Galatians 5:6)

    And now these three remain:

    faith, hope and LOVE.

    But the greatest of these is LOVE.

    (1 Corinthians 13:13)

  • DEEEEEEEEEP QUESTION

    How does Gods definition of LOVE differ from the worlds?

    From yours?

    Whos right?

  • 2. WHO IS LOVE?

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    It all starts here

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    God is LOVE. (1 John 4:16)

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    Ponder that for a moment.

    And another.

    God doesnt just like LOVE.

    He doesnt just love LOVE.

    He IS LOVE.

    Wow.

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    As mind-blowing as it may seem, the God of the

    universe LOVES us mere puny little humans. In fact,

    he LOVES us soooooo much that hes willing to

    adopt us permanently into his family:

    See what great LOVE

    the Father has lavished on us,

    that we should be called

    children of God!

    And that is what we are!

    (1 John 3:1)

    And, as the most famous verse

    in the history of the planet says:

    For God so LOVED the world

    that he gave his one and only Son,

    that whoever believes in him

    shall not perish but have eternal life.

    (John 3:16)

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    Those simple truths explain a lot of things

    Q: Why did God create a world that

    gives him so much grief?

    A: Because God is LOVE and LOVE

    is expressed in relationships

    (even messy ones).

    Q: Why did God give us free will?

    A: LOVE cant be forced.

    A true relationship involves

    the ability to choose LOVE

    and to reject it.

    Q: Why does God offer us eternal life?

    A: Because he LOVES us and

    wants us to be with him forever.

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    Q: Can anything ever separate

    us from Gods LOVE?

    A: Nope.

    Neither death nor life,

    neither angels nor demons,

    neither the present nor the future,

    nor any powers,

    neither height nor depth,

    nor anything else in all creation,

    will be able to separate us

    from the LOVE of God

    that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    (Romans 8:38-39)

    Q: How long does Gods LOVE last?

    A: Heres a Psalm that answers that

    question quite definitively

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    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

    His LOVE endures forever.

    Give thanks to the God of gods.

    His LOVE endures forever.

    Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

    His LOVE endures forever.

    to him who alone does great wonders,

    His LOVE endures forever.

    who by his understanding made the heavens,

    His LOVE endures forever.

    who spread out the earth upon the waters,

    His LOVE endures forever.

    who made the great lights

    His LOVE endures forever.

    the sun to govern the day,

    His LOVE endures forever.

    the moon and stars to govern the night;

    H