Last Sunday (here), I wrote about LOVE. I told a story about my granddaughter and the love I have for her. And how she never questions my love, even when she makes a mistake and messes up. This is similar to the love that our Heavenly Father has for us and how His love is everlasting, even when we make mistakes. But have you ever stopped to think that love is a choice? I don’t care who, or how much, you love someone, you still have to choose to continue that love. Real love is a choice.
We all know that as much as we would like to, you just can’t choose your family. You are born into a family, and with that comes siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. These are members of your family, and you are related to all of them by blood. However, it is still a choice whether you love them or not. You might like some of them, and you might be indifferent to some of them, and you might detest some of them. So, just because you are related by blood, that doesn’t mean that you chose to love them.
Friend love, or brotherly love, is another example of loving someone as a choice. You have some friends that you love as much, if not more than you do family members. These people might have been your best friends for years, and maybe you’ve traveled with them, laughed with them, shared secrets with them, and cried with them. You might even think that NOTHING could ever come between you, and you will love them forever. #BFF But, how many of you have had friends that you’ve lost touch with? It only takes one argument, one disagreement, one word spoken in haste, or one misunderstanding to show you how quickly the love was a choice. Maybe they cast you to the side, or perhaps you can’t bring yourself to trust them again, either way, it is a choice that you have to make.
All you have to do is look at the divorce rate in the world to understand that marital love is a choice. Desire, passion, adore, are all words that we can use to describe the love that we have for our spouse. Cupid might fly through your house regularly, but you still have to make a daily choice to continue the love you have for your partner. When you pick up their dirty socks, when they spend the money that you were saving, when they forget your birthday, when they cheat, when they disappoint, and when they tell you that they are unhappy, you have a choice to make. You either continue to love this person and try to make everything work out, or you let the love that you once felt slowly slip away. No matter which you choose, it is still a choice.
We have to choose to love our Heavenly Father, just like we have to choose to love our earthly Father. Not only do we have to choose to love the Lord, but we also have to choose to “accept” His love. The Lord loves us unconditionally, and His love is everlasting. I was ready Psalms 139 and was overwhelmed at the love the Lord has for me. He knows my every move, my every word, and thought, and He will not desert me.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into Heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Hell, behold, You are there.
I can’t flee from the Lord. There is no place on earth, in Heaven, or in Hell, that He will not know where I am. This verse tells me that even when I am doing wrong (making my bed in Hell), that the Lord is still with me, rooting for me, begging me to come back to Him and make the correct choice!
Today, I am praying to the Lord. I accept His love even though I don’t deserve it. I appreciate His love, especially knowing that I will make mistakes. I am asking for the Lord’s Grace and His mercy to rain down on me like a rain shower. I am so thankful that the Lord doesn’t hold my past failures against me, and that He loves me despite my shortcomings.
I CHOOSE to love the Lord!
Have A Blessed Day!