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Rob Bell Quotes on Love: 10 Memorable Statements From Evangelical Christian Leader

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 01:20 PM

Rob Bell, evangelical leader and author, has many thoughts when it comes to the subject of love, which he shares with his substantially large audience.

Christianity Today
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, “Bell is a pastor with a substantial following not only at his Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids (with some 10,000 in weekly attendance) but all across North America.”

Bell garnered immense attention after publishing “Love Wins.” As noted by Mlive.com, “Rob Bell's got another lift for ‘Love Wins’ book sales today, when Time magazine named him to its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world, after making him the cover story last week.”

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Here are 10 quotes from Bell’s writings on the subject of love:

1. “Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two – love and controlling power over the other person – are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.”

2. “Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor, and our neighbor can be anybody. We are all created in the image of God, and we are all sacred, valuable creations of God. Everybody matters.”

3. “It takes quite a spine to turn the other cheek. It takes phenomenal fortitude to love your enemy. It takes firm resolve to pray for those who persecute you.”

4. “Love demands freedom. It always has, and it always will. We are free to resist, reject, and rebel against God's ways for us. We can have all the hell we want.”

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5. “Love frees us to embrace all of our history, the history in which all things are being made new.”

6. “That's how love works. It can't be forced, manipulated, or coerced. It always leaves room for the other to decide.”

7. “To elevate abstract doctrines and dogmas over living, breathing, embodied experiences of God’s love and grace, then, is going the wrong direction. It’s taking flesh and turning it back into words.”

8. “It’s one thing to be in love; it’s another to act because of love. Love is a noun – a feeling you have – and it’s also a verb, something you do.”

9. “Love Wins.”

10. “I am for love, whether it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.”

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