The Choice of Love
“Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor” (Proverbs 21.21 NLT).
Love is more than a feeling; it is a choice. Feelings are fleeting and hard to control; however, we have the ability to control our choices. Jesus states that the second greatest commandment after loving God is loving others (Mark 12.31). God would not command us to do something if we were incapable of doing it. Therefore, we have the ability to love even when the emotions to back that love have hidden themselves. Loving others is a choice. The Bible asks us to pursue “unfailing love.” The emotional sense of love will always fail us. Romantic words, gestures and trifles will fall short unless the motive of that love is based on an everlasting and unchanging choice to love without fail. And if that love can persevere through temptations, difficulties and changes; it will glow with “life, righteousness, and honor.” The world and all its efforts to portray love can only scratch the surface of a love tied firmly to choice. It’s easy to love when the romance is swirling and the feelings are igniting, but choosing to love while emotions lie dormant is truly magnificent. Instead of our feelings dictating our choices, our steadfast love will cause our choices to guide our feelings into a supernatural love bathed in God’s glory and goodness.
“‘And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12.30-31 NLT).