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Is Love A Feeling Or An Action

According to scripture, is love a feeling or an action? Please cite scripture to support your answer whenever possible.

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Mod.permit-Prayer for Darlene1 Mom
Thankyou' HeavenlyFather, we come graciously, humbly I beg you please keep Darlene1 dear mother safe, let her feel love in spite/Jesus Be her eyes, her help at all times! Ps.91
truth Darlene1 herself nursing her injuries,herself, & also her husband , had serious health issues.
KEEP WATCH over her mother both day & night. Thankyou, in Jesus' watchfull eyes, she is safe..
Love of Jesus! Amen.
---Elena9555 on 4/13/14


Love is a feeling first but is a feeling upon which action is usually required.

There is no point in feeling love for someone yet not doing anything to help (when help is required) if we have the ability to offer that help.
---Rita_H on 3/21/14


Love is God the bible says God is love at times we do not see Him, feel him but He is ever present. SO LOVE our daily life style. Read 2corinthians 13.
---Lydia on 3/19/14


Well we all seem to agree. Love that does not act is not love.
---Samuelbb7 on 3/18/14


Also just to add. I noticed people quoting John 3:16. If you look at the verse "God so loved the world THAT he gave his only Begotten son." From this verse it's fair to say that the ACTION of giving his son was a result of love.
---SM1993 on 3/17/14




"Love the Lord your God with all your HEART, with all your SOUL, with all your MIND, and with all your STRENGTH." Mark 12:30 Again the words Heart, soul, mind, and strength stand out for me. Because actions are choices and choices come from the brain. So if Love is only a choice then why does it say "Love the Lord with all you HEART..."? How do you love with all your heart, what's in your heart that you should give it all to God. When people talk about God and love, I've heard pastors say that there are people with hatred in there hearts. What does this all mean?
---SM1993 on 3/17/14


Got to go old school with DC Talk "Love is a Verb"
---Scott on 6/28/11


Faith without works is dead faith.
---Steveng on 6/26/11


Love involves both feelings and actions. Talk is cheap. You show your love by what you do.

1 Peter 1 NIV
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

1 John 3 NIV
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
---poopsey on 6/26/11


God's Word clear Jn15:12-Love each other as I have loved you.Jn15: 13 greater love has no man,than to lay down his life for his friends. We profess love when we are joined n Holy Matrimony/and or Friends for life! Some of us did not know really what love really meant (until We gave Jesus control ) really know the Responsibility & benefits of what love really is!
---ELENA on 6/25/11




todd1 i agree completely.love is a choice,a choice to react like God would.feelings are fickled ,and often swayed by the desires of the flesh.too many live by their feelings,instead of Gods word.
---tom2 on 6/12/08


Love is a Feeling, which causes good Actions,
Hate is a Feeling, Which causes Bad Actions!
W/O God, their is NO Love!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 6/11/08


To expand on 1 Cor 13 describing love:
It certainly does! And describes it in terms of our actions, not our feelings. In terms of being patient, being kind, rejoicing in truth, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things.
Sometimes we dont feel like being patient with those we love...or being kind to the stranger who needs help...but love is a choice of the will, not the heart, which is "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" (jer 17:9)
---Todd1 on 6/11/08


1 corinthians chapter 13 describes love
---tom2 on 6/10/08


Love is action. John 3:16 says, "God so loved the world that he GAVE his son for the forgiveness of sin." When I was a child, I viewed love as a feeling, but maturity has taught me not to rely solely on my feelings. You can grow to love and respect a person with time even when the feelings are long gone. Joy 9988
---Joy9988 on 7/18/07


WE are to be perfected in love. The Bible teaches that perfect love casts out all fear. Jesus comand for believers is to Love. It is an action but for me,it is also a feeling which is the opposite of Fear. 1cor 13 tells us that it is a feeling of peace. So it is both
---jody on 7/16/07


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It is the greatest of all of God's commanments, to love the lord thy God with all of thy heart,all of thy soul and all of thy might and to love thy neighbor as you love yourself. IT IS A CHOICE, THE FEELINGS COME FROM THE CHOICES THAT YOU MAKE WHETHER LOVE,ANGER,ETC. In the matchless name of JESUS CHRIST.
---queen on 7/16/07


jesus told us to love our enemies.well thats a choice.the world is lost in the idea that love is an emotion.believe me you like someone before you love them,you choose to love.
---tom2 on 6/19/07


Jn 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
:23 ..If a man love me, he will keep my words
:31 ..the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.
Jn 21:17 ..Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Love is felt, but acts prove love as shown by these Scriptures. Loving an enemy cannot mean warm, fuzzy feelings - Mt 5:44.

As faith without works is dead, love without works is dead.
---a_servant on 6/18/07


greetings.How do we 'feel' when we 'lovingly care' for others?We must 'do' so to get that 'feeling'
---earl on 6/18/07


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Read the Love Chapter-- I Corinthians chapter 13 and decide for yourself.
But I will say this: I don't want to get caught up in feelings only when it comes to love. I like action. Action is better. We won't always feel love but that should not stop us from doing the right thing toward a person or thing. Feelings are fickle. Let the Love of Christ lead you in all that you do, not rely on just feelings.
---Robyn on 6/17/07


Love is both an emotion and an action. Read Mt. 19:19. We are told to love our neighbor as ourself. (Unless there is a depression problem, a person loves themselves more than anything else.) Action is shown in Luke 10:30 and following verses in the story of the "Good Samaritan" So you see, both varibles are in play to really have Agape love - both emotion and this is concluded in action not just words.
---wivv on 6/17/07


God's kind of love, since He is love, is
Agape. This love is an action. A wonderful scripture of God's love in action is.. St. Jn 3:16.. God so LOVED, that He GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.... Brian. 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 6/17/07


Love is a mindset that shows itself in action. The Father> "'showing mercy' unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. (Deut. 5:10). Us> "You shall love the LORD your God with all your 'heart', (sub-consious mind, the place where all reflex thoughts & actions originate. Revealed & manifested thru words & actions) and with all your 'soul', (conscious thought, reflective of the central focus of the mind) and with all your 'might' (forceful expression & vigor)." (Deut.7:9).
---joseph on 6/17/07


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It is not an emotion but every emotion in the book can surface because of love. The simple way to look at it is this. There are medications that can make you sad,angry,confused,happy,scared,tired,
energetic etc. There is not one medication in the world that can make you love someone.
---Matthew on 6/16/07


love is not even close to a feeling ,its a choice.
---tom2 on 6/16/07


St Paul:

'Love is patient - kind - it is not jealous - is not pompous - is not inflated - is not rude - does not seek its own interests - not quick-tempered - does not brood over injury - does not rejoice over wrongdoing - but rejoices with the truth - it bears all things - believes all things - hopes all things - endures all things.

Add to this the life of Jesus - one big act of love - and his teachings (forgiveness: The Prodigal Son, compassion: The Good Samaratin etc ..).
---Ed on 6/16/07


"God is love," we have in 1 John 4:8&16. So, love has to do with how God is, and NOT just how I may feel about some one person I like a lot...NOT just a bunch of emotions and being hung up about some one favorite who I suppose will give me all I want.

Because God is ALL-loving, able to have everything good, WHILE doing good to all people even while they give nothing back (O:}

"'For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?'" (in Matthew 5:46)
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/16/07


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We have enough quoteing scriptures as it is,But I can tell you love is not a feeling it's action. Spiritual love is only avallable for True, on their way to heaven, Believers.
---catherine on 6/16/07


Love is a command. Jesus told us the Greatest Command is to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Matthew 22:37. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul discusses all of the actions associated with love.
---Madison1101 on 6/16/07


I believe love is in word, in deed, and in truth. As far as "feeling", I believe that the most incredible peace and joy come from truly loving in word, deed, and truth

"Beloved, let us not love in word only, but in deed and in truth."
"God manifested His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
---Linda on 6/16/07


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