(note: “L.Q.” isn’t a real term, just made up).

L.Q. (“love quotient”) is:

…knowing when increased study about God’s love and increased pursuit of loving Christian relationships becomes counterproductive to us if we aren’t also sharing about/giving away that love to those who have none.”

Put another way, a high L.Q. is knowing when to say to ourselves, “You know, at this point, the best thing we can do to be more like Jesus would be to actually apply what we already know. Let’s go share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him and love others who have little of it in their life.”

Secular thinking has given us I.Q (intelligence quotient), which measures our intellectual prowess. We are taught about E.Q. (emotional quotient), which measures our ability to read people’s emotions. We even have now R.Q. (relational quotient), which measures how well we relate to people amidst our busyness. As interesting as those things are, paying more attention to L.Q. would be the thing that actually makes us more loving people and creates a more loving church.

Becoming a more loving person comes from learning about God’s love AND expending that love in obedience to Him [John 14:23,24] along with sacrificial acts of love towards those in real need of it [Matt. 25:35-40; James 1:27].