This time of the year brings a lot of reflection on love, romance and relationships. I was reminded again today that LOVE is a definite choice that we make. Sure, it can also be prompted by initial feelings or something along those lines, but we still need to choose to Love on a daily basis. This goes for all our relationships!
Seth Adam Smith wrote: "Our society places a lot of emphasis on feelings. We are taught that we should always follow our feelings and do whatever makes us happy. But feelings are very fickle and fleeting. Real love, on the other hand, is like the north star in the storms of life; it is constant, sure, and true. Whenever we're lost and confused we can find strength in the love that we have chosen."
Almost every act of genuine love in the Scriptures involves someone making a sacrificial decision and then following through with committed dedication:
I think of Ruth choosing to go back with Naomi.
Joseph's love for his family, even after they left him for dead.
Jesus as he begins his lonely journey towards the cross."Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." - John 15:13