Monday, October 19, 2009

Love is a Choice

I frequently hear about people "falling out of love." Can that REALLY be true? Because from my understanding, love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). I think what our real problem is we don't understand what love is.  And how can we possibly understand what love is if we don't know Love?

1 John 4:8
"Whoever does not know love does not know God, because God is love."

So this could be our first problem.  We don't know God.  We have no understanding of what love is like, because we don't know Love (AKA: God). Until I knew God, no one had any kind of chance to be loved by me.  I loved them in the capacity that I had, but it was very small compared to the abundance of love in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8:
"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 be rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

If you want to know what God's love is like, just take the word "love" and subsitute it for "God."

As believers, we have the power of God inside of us.  I truly believe that we can best showcase God's power when we do things out of love. Our love should look like God's love.  Look at Jesus' life. He lived a life of love on Earth and still lives it in Heaven today!

How is your love? The best way for me to examine where I'm at is by taking my name and substituting it for love in that verse.  Is my love patient and kind?  Not always.  Sometimes I act like I've never read this verse in the first place.  But love isn't always a feeling, sometimes it is a choice. We may choose to act in love, or to allow our emotions take over.  I don't know about you, but it's usually a disaster when I allow that to happen.

So tell me, how is your love?

1 comment:

Robert W said...

I love the close. Put my name in for love. Ouch! Thanks for the reminder.

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