Love is a Choice. In the life of a Christian, no matter where we’ve come from–trauma, abuse, a “bad self image,” a “good self image,” “bad home,” “good home,” wealth, poverty, human frailty, violence, addiction, weakness, or sin–Love is the only choice.
There are thousands of situations that will distract us from loving one another the way God loves us–if we choose to let them -> if we settle for doing only “what’s humanly possible.” But in the life of every believer, no matter how flawed or wounded, loving is an heroic choice–possible in the healing, restoring, whole-making love of Jesus Christ. But we need to ask for help! Then we need to believe that He will heal our unloving ways if we ask Him!
Real Love is *not* defined by psycho-babble. It is not a byproduct of some therapeutic technique, adherence to some self-help program, or following the latest self-help manual. Love with a capital “L” is a choice to faithfully follow the God who loves us through any and every weakness, sin, and circumstance.
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. (1 Corinthians 13:3b–8.)
Love is Life’s Completion. Love is our Destination. Love is who we will be, when we are complete in Him . . .