Everybody, Always: Quotes From Bob Goff

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In his book Everybody, Always, Bob Goff discusses the concept of “becoming love.” What he means is to love everybody despite their differences. In his book, Goff shares his own, personal stories about his journey to “becoming love.”

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Everybody, Always Quotes

Below are Everybody, Always quotes by Bob Goff from his book about becoming love.

“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves. He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.”

If you love Jesus, then you must love all of Jesus. God created people in Jesus’s image, which means Jesus lives inside all of us. If you only love the people who are easy to love, you are only loving part of Jesus. Jesus wants you to give love freely so that others can see the power of His love through you. That is your purpose as part of God’s world, and when you fulfill that purpose, you move farther down the path to your true identity.

“No one is remembered for what they only planned to do.”

Look around your life. What are you afraid to do? What have you always wanted to try but didn’t know how? Who are you hiding from or wish you could connect with? Who has wronged you or broken your heart? Where is your compassion needed? Who needs someone to believe in them? Believe that God has given you everything you need to live your authentic life, and carry that trust forward as you give love to everyone you know and don’t know. You already have the power of God in you. He’s waiting for you to use it.

“I think Jesus meant something different when He said “enemies.” He meant we should love the people we don’t understand. The ones we disagree with. The ones who are flat wrong about more than a couple of things. I have plenty of those people in my life, and my bet is you do too.”

Jesus advised people to “love thy enemies.” The word “enemies” is not being used literally. You likely don’t have many true enemies, but you do know people who you disagree with or who live different lives than you, maybe even lifestyles you don’t believe in. Those are the people you should love because that is how you truly come to know who you are. 

“What is it that you don’t think you can do? What do you think is too big for you? Or too scary, or too risky? Sometimes God whispers it, and sometimes, he shouts it. Whatever the volume, I bet he’s always using the same three words with us: Be Not Afraid.”

You don’t need to be afraid when you encounter difficult circumstances or people in your life. God told all His disciples to “be not afraid,” and He meant it. Often, you receive the most grace and understanding about yourself when you go through difficult times. But if you don’t have the nerve or courage to move forward during struggles, you’ll miss out on all the good that follows.

Everybody, Always: Quotes From Bob Goff

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Hannah Aster

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and double minors in Professional Writing and Creative Writing. She grew up reading books like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials and has always carried a passion for fiction. However, Hannah transitioned to non-fiction writing when she started her travel website in 2018 and now enjoys sharing travel guides and trying to inspire others to see the world.

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